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Clear blue skies over Bridge of Orchy

Clear blue skies over Bridge of Orchy


Postby kirstyfc » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:09 pm

Route description: Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh, Bridge of Orchy

Munros included on this walk: Beinn an Dothaidh, Beinn Dorain

Date walked: 25/08/2019

Distance: 14 km

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It was looking like one of the last hot sunny weekends of the year and the first in a number of weeks so I was heading to do Beinn Dorain and its neighbour Beinn an Dothaidh. I don't drive and it was a Sunday service on the train so I opted for the bus from Glasgow instead. The bus stops outside Bridge of Orchy hotel then it’s a five minute walk up the hill and under the train tracks to the start of the walk.

It was a steady climb up a wide stony path. It was around 10am at this point so despite what turned out to be a really hot day, I felt find at this time. It didn’t take long until I reached the ‘junction’ in the walk, the left leading to Beinn an Dothaidh and the right to Beinn Dorain.

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Beinn an Dothaidh on the left and Beinn Dorain on the right

I headed for Beinn Dorain first, enjoying listening to Taylor Swift’s new album which had just came out on the Friday :) A dog came running towards me to say hello and the owner said “Oh she’s usually really scared of strangers that’s why we have the nervous coat on her” – I didn’t notice that she had a coat saying ‘nervous’ on it – this made my day.

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On the way up Beinn Dorain

It was slightly longer than I thought it would be to the top – this one is much further away from the fork than Beinn an Dothaidh – however I got there just fine.

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After some awkward self-timer photos, I headed back to tackle Dothaidh.

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Looking over to Beinn an Dothaidh

It was steeper going and a bit boggy at times but I got to the peak a lot quicker. The dog from earlier was headed back towards me – will she stop to say hello again? She did!!

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The top of Beinn an Dothaidh

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Another awkward selfie :)

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Looking over to my previously concurred Stob Ghabar and Stob a’Choire Odhair

Back down I went, and as I got further down it was much hotter, but I was really enjoying it. It was then an hour’s wait until my bus, but no complaints – I got a can of Coke from the hotel and sat outside in the sun.

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The river to the right of the Bridge of Orchy hotel

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Lovely

The quickest and easiest double bag I’ve done!
kirstyfc
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Re: Clear blue skies over Bridge of Orchy

Postby Raynor » Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:17 pm

Nice view. Don't think I've ever seen these hills without clouds on top. The weather gods seem to be kind to you judging from your reports :lol:
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Re: Clear blue skies over Bridge of Orchy

Postby Graeme D » Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:28 pm

I have been on many a blowy summit but Dothaidh is the only one where I have been lifted clean off my feet and dumped on my arse! 😮 Nice pics b.t.w. 👏
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Re: Clear blue skies over Bridge of Orchy

Postby kirstyfc » Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:13 pm

Raynor wrote:Nice view. Don't think I've ever seen these hills without clouds on top. The weather gods seem to be kind to you judging from your reports :lol:


I tend to only go when the weather's good but it'll be all systems go no matter the weather when I can get out again!
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Re: Clear blue skies over Bridge of Orchy

Postby kirstyfc » Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:14 pm

Graeme D wrote:I have been on many a blowy summit but Dothaidh is the only one where I have been lifted clean off my feet and dumped on my arse! 😮 Nice pics b.t.w. 👏


Haha surprised it's not happened to me before. Thank you :D
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