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Loch Eil duo
by rockhopper » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:37 pm
Route description: Beinn Bhan, Glen Loy
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Bhan (Great Glen), Meall a'Phubuill
Date walked: 02/04/2017
Time taken: 7.33 hours
Distance: 27 km
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Early start and a decent drive up the A82 – parked just off the road before the Inverskilavulin Bridge on the verge of the forest track. Up the track towards the holiday houses then took the signed detour off to the left.
Planning to walk the loop so bypassed the wee bridge. Up the hillside to the left of the Allt Coire Mhuillinn.
Zoomed shots towards taller, eastern relative and arête
Just after the first cairn around the 771m point, the clag rolled in – no view from then onwards. Waited at the summit for a bit but there was no sign of it clearing.
Off down the east side of the corrie – needless to say it started to clear a little but the tops were still hidden.
Crossed by the wee bridge to get back to the track round the houses
Back at the car, met a couple of walkers who were just setting off. Got ready and drove down and along the A830 beside Loch Eil.
Various options for this hill included going from the Achnanellan to the east or Fassfern to the south. Had looked at the map and there was a good forest track starting at NN040784 – although the gate was open, it looked to be private ground so drove back along the A830 and parked at the first lay-by at NN047784 which only added 1.4km to the return route.
Got ready and cycled along to the start of the track then up through the trees. Hadn’t cycled for a while which showed.
A few ups and downs – passed by the point where the Fassfern track joins in then into more open terrain. Meall a'Phubuill in sight.
Downhill section as the bothy came into view – saw two walkers ahead. Locked the bike to the fence just before the bridge over the An t-Sùileag and set off up the track on foot.
The two walkers and their dog had stopped for some food. Chatted a little – they were heading for the two Grahams which got me thinking about possibly adding on Meall Onfaidh (decided against it in the end though).
Waterfall (with some hdr)
At the end of the track, headed steeply uphill – view over to Meall Onfaidh
Just a matter of keeping going uphill until reaching the summit cairn – weather still on the grey side
The Saddle (maybe, not sure)
The wind had been getting up and was finding it quite chilly. Set off back down the same way. More blue sky appearing on reaching the track.
Glen Loy now quite a bit brighter
And with a bit of hdr
Back down the track
Could see four walkers heading away from the bothy. Picked up the bike and set off down the track.
Met up with the walkers a little further along. They’d had a great night and said it had been nice and warm inside.
Much faster on the way down. Stopped for a few photos en route.
Back at the car, got changed and set off home. Warm and sunny now – would’ve been better to be setting off late today. The return journey took a lot longer – big hold up at the bottom end of Loch Lomond.
by Collaciotach » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:10 pm
Was on Garbh Bheinn on Sunday and left house at 11.30 am .....mind it only takes me 10mins to start
by Chris Mac » Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:03 am
Yeah I thought the same on Sunday driving home after Beinn an Lochain, was tempted to escape the traffic jam and take on another hill around Loch Lomond to take advantage of it. I would definitely have been denied if i'd asked though!
Signs pointing to the hills always amuse me as I ponder the incidents that make someone put them there!
Collaciotach wrote:Was on Garbh Bheinn on Sunday and left house at 11.30 am .....mind it only takes me 10mins to start
Lucky you, my "closest" is Corse Hill, easily the worst hill i've done over the years...
Tempted to nip down and do Middlefield Law on Saturday though as it's only 45 mins drive to Muirkirk then half an hour to the top, the best local option i'll get!
by BlackPanther » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:56 am
We did MaP from Glen Loy and walked the whole length of the ridge. Great hill with superb views.
I wonder if you have done the two Fassfern Grahams? Some folks combine them with MaP, but even by themselves, they make for a good day. Shame only about the tree feeling around Fassfern
by dooterbang » Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:10 pm
Shame you didn't get views but looked a good view point when you did.
I also got held up in that traffic! Was out cycling and seen the masses of cars so we went Helensburgh/Dumbarton route, but was equally busy.
by rockhopper » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:13 pm
jammy sod might be over your way this year for some Ardgour corbetts but not fixed yet - cheersCollaciotach wrote:mind it only takes me 10mins to start
cycled up it last year - that's the second time I've done that - my local too - cheersChris Mac wrote:...my "closest" is Corse Hill, easily the worst hill i've done over the years...
not really - needs a few more for a spree - cheersBlackPanther wrote:See you are on "bagging spree" as well, RH?
haven't started yet - it's a 32 mile round trip - at my age, I need good weather (and a following wind) - cheersdooterbang wrote:Have you stopped cycling to work then? I've actually just started