Day two of our mini break to Scotland saw us heading for the relatively remote munro Beinn Bhuidhe. This is one of those mountains where you pray for decent weather knowing the views you get from the top are well worth the effort.
May 1st 2017 turned out to be such a day.
The little car park at the head of Loch Fyne, the start point for this walk, was empty except for one car when we arrived, there's no charge so that's good, the sun was shining and it was warm as we readied ourselves for the off.
We turned right out of the car park to go over the bridge heading for the brewery.
After the brewery buildings its a long walk along a narrow metalled road to Glenfyne Lodge.
Looking back up the lane.
The way ahead.
About a km beyond the lodge the road splits, right takes you to the dam, we go straight ahead where road turns into a track.
Another 2km further on this track you reach Inverchorachan. Immediatly beyond the building there's a gate, once through the gate there's a wooden gate on the left, go through this to start the ascent alongside the burn.
In contrast to the route so far this was a wake up call as the path becomes pretty steep from the start running up the left bank of the Allt na Faing. Height is gained quickly and the path remains easy to follow. The little scrambly bit in the route description is exactly as described but didn't present any problems as the hand and foot placements are secure in dry conditions, what they'd be like in the wet I can't say.
Above the gorge.
Above this the ground levels off slightly before climbing again. The bulk of Beinn Bhuidhe can now be seen and from here still looks a long way off.
The path crosses a bulldozed track about here, turn right on it for a very short section then the path continues on the left of the track and continues up over soggy ground.
Higher up the boggy ground we've walked over and the track can be seen
Higher up the path becomes a little vague but it can be picked up again as it heads for the bealach at around
NN 211191, before the bealach is reached it gets very steep and loose,
The steep bit.
Once at the bealach turn left along the very obvious path.
It was very windy for us along this path and it made the going difficult in parts, there are big drops to the left which added to the sense of exposure, we had to pause in places to hold on.
On the summit there's the remnants of a trig pillar.
The summit area is quite large away from the edge, the wind was very strong all around, no shelter for lunch,
Looking for shelter.(camera strap blowing about all over the place , sorry about that )
so a few photo's were taken then a hasty retreat from the summit was made to look for a sheltered spot for something to eat before we started to go down.
The wind was strong when we started down the steep section from the bealach, about halfway down it became calmer and quite pleasant again.
When we reached the bulldozed track we decided to follow it back down, it looked a reasonable option but in practice it turned out to be hard work over fairly large loose stuff which proved to be very tiring and quite steep in parts. Further down it enters a plantation and becomes a pleasant walk.
On the track, taking a rest.
Eventually it leaves the trees behind and enters a quarry which is quite ugly compared to the serene beauty further up the glen.
Back at the car we took our boots off and sat in the sun for a while, this was a pleasant end to the day.
The walk was hard work at times especially the hydro track, I'm glad we had good weather it made it easier to take our time and appreciate the surroundings.
It's a nice mountain and the views are good, we were lucky to have such a good day for this one.
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