A little indecision really about where to go after a late start. Aventually he decided to head West and drove via Crieff to Loch Lunaig, parking at the layby just North of the main entrance to Ardchullarie Estate. Here a well marked path leads beside a burn and into the woods. Trees ! Worth noting that you cross a small tributary before following the slopes above the Ardchullarie burn on your left. The path picks is way through the trees and crosses a main forestry trail before briefly disappearing into the woods again to emerge on the main track that crosses to Glen Ample.
A gate at then end of the woods and then everything opens out into a rather narrow valley which we took up to the top of the pass were a wooden direction post pointed the way up the hill
We thought we would take the path that meanders across the edge of the ridge and was glad we had packed an ice axe and the added security it gave. Not so much for the path along the crags but where it turned up towards the first top and the snow became frozen and hard. A slip here would have had consequences.
The view from the tops were superb, with the higher peaks plastered white in the distance
Fabulous view and then the descent. I thought it a good idea to walk down the ridge shoulder rather that the eerie path and enjoyed views down toward Loch Lubnaig and into Glen Ample where we disturbed a large herd of red dear that ran off toward their master roars.
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