I have been planning a summit camp on this hill for a while after getting inspiration (aka stealing ideas) from a couple of reports on here. I figured I had a shot at getting a decent sunset tonight so I was looking for somewhere close to home with good views. This seemed a good opportunity to get the lay of the land before a camping trip while also enjoying the sunset.
On the drive up, all looked well. Sunny and mostly clear skies. As soon as I hit loch lomond, it all became a bit overcast.
After discovering the Inverbeg hotel carpark was not in fact the road up glen douglas, I eventually found my way along the right single track road. A bit of sharp braking was needed to avoid a lamb massacre and before long I was parked up in the signposted parking area.
Tullich Hill from the layby.
I did this hill in a clagfest ages ago and managed to wreck my knee on it. I also came down the wrong side of it and ended up near enough up to my waist in a swamp trying to get back around it. Definitely my most painful day on the hills to date. It all looked rather easy and benign today however.
There was an ATV track most of the way up the hill. Unfortunately it was a real bogfest on the lower parts. The route initially follows the line of the trees.
It wasn't long before I attracted the attention of the locals. Nice horns!
As soon as I took that last photo, my camera battery died on me. Now that I only had my terrible phone camera, I knew for sure I would get a decent sunset
The going was hard as it always is on these steep grassy hills. I thought about some grand theft auto but I suppose that's considered cheating....
Looking further down Glen Douglas
As it turns out, the sunset wasn't as good as I had hoped but still looked pretty cool behind the arrochar alps. As expected, the camera photos are a bit rubbish compared to what it actually looked like. I was convinced that I had taken about 20 absolute crackers. In reality, I got a couple of OK ones
It took about an hour to the summit trig. I was glad to see there were loads of places for a tent and even a sheltered shelf right behind the trig
The summit of this hill is actually quite interesting and rocky for what looks like just a grassy hill.
Looking back up Loch Lomond
There was a huge crack that went quite deep. I'm not sure how I will get on doing hills with proper exposed ridges, as I got vertigo peering down this one
Ben Lomond directly across the loch.
I sat around behind the trig for a while enjoying the views and had fun trying to pick out the crianlarich munros that I had done in recent weeks. Ben More and Stob Binean being the more obvious ones.
As if a sunset wasn't good enough, I even came across a hardcore solitary tree to top it all off. Two of my favourite things to see on a hill
As I sat around at the top, I realised I actually had all my camping gear in the car and was a bit annoyed that I hadn't just camped tonight, but since it is such a cool hill with amazing views, I will save the over nighter for a proper sunny day
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