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A little walk up Meikle Bin

A little walk up Meikle Bin

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:45 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Meikle Bin

Date walked: 21/08/2017

Time taken: 2.25 hours

Distance: 10.3 km

Ascent: 486m

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Wee quickie for Monday afternoon. Left work late morning and drove up Fintry way - I know this part of the country much less than many places further north despite it being only a few miles from home. Parked at the Todholes Car Park and set off along the track, following the standard WH route. Lots of busy flowers. Lots of dogs - we passed at least 3 folk walking a pack of up to 8 dogs - maybe the good folks from around here are all too busy to walk their own pooches and professional dog-walkers have a field day. The dogs seemed to be enjoying it anyway.

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The route is signposted, although I was dismayed to find most of the signs have racist graffito - this extends to the summit trig which has a christian cross cut into it and a muslim crescent moon above. Really, people, leave your bigotry and hatred behind when you step into Nature. The trees give way to a harvested area that leads onto the hillside proper. It's a nice steep grassy pull from here to the summit. Hazy for views - the Lawers hills visible to the north, nearer at hand Earls Seat looked fine across the valley. Did think about including Little Meikle but it seemed too much effort for little return. It did make me investigate the meaning of "meikle" however - I'd thought that "meikle" meant little (as in "mony a meikle/mickle maks a muckle" and therefore it seemed that "little meikle" would mean "little little" but I find that meikle is a form of "muckle" ie big - "Meikle Bin(g) = Big Heap" I stand corrected.

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Instead of that extra hill we spotted mushrooms on the walk back, decided we'd never be brave enough to try and work out which are safe to eat and had a pint at the nearby Fintry Inn instead.

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Re: A little walk up Meikle Bin

Postby rockhopper » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:53 pm

It's a nice area for a wander and handy for the central belt. :thumbup:
Come to think of it though, haven't been here for a few years - last time was a mountain biking trip when we stopped short of cycling up to the top as the weather closed in - cheers :)
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