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Binnean nan Gobhar from the East

Binnean nan Gobhar from the East

Postby Justalittlefurther » Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:27 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Binnean nan Gobhar

Date walked: 17/09/2016

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 8 km

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Cycled - 6km
Walked -8km

I'll be the first to admit it - unless you have a bike (or a friend who works on pylons) or fancy a 8km, each way, trudge through never ending sitka then getting to the hill from Loch Ard is probably not for you. However, the ascent from Kinlochard provides stunning views of Ben Lomond, far superior to the big lump seen from Loch Lomond.

The overgrown forest track that heads up the hill is easiest spotted by the lorry turning point on the opposite side of the track; this is worth noting as there are multiple similar tracks off to the right before it. The initially steep climb flattens out a bit after a nice pocket of pine forest.

Binnean nan Gobhar has 3 main tops but at this point there are 5 or 6 lumps of hill that look like they could be the top. My overly hopeful attitude got the better of me as i ignored the map and reckoned the one closest looked bigger. It wasn't (hence my route map looks like an attempt to add as much distance as possible). What I should have done was follow the shape of the hill gaining as little height as possible until I saw the cairn of Binnean nan Gobhar. I headed for another possible summit but was disappointed again by the trig point of Beinn Bhrach.

Finally, I reached the top of the hill and enjoyed the views in all directions, especially those of Ben Lomond. After a soggy tortilla I broke an unwanted record. My sub-2-second record for losing a teaspoon left me scooping up rice pudding with a cereal bar. Elated, I skipped along deer paths down the grassy glen in my socks (wet socks early on had rubbed my heels raw) and was back on the main forest track within an hour.

I jumped back on my bike and enjoyed the downhill back home, sun shining.
The day's target behind the aquaduct
I like this tree stump.
A herd of deer on the hill
Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps
A handy stile over a particularly annoying patch of grass...
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One of the main 3 tops looking over Loch Lomond
A small cairn at the top
Summit view
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Great views of some hills to the north
A lochan near the top

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