The fantastic summer weather of May 2016 was delightfully continuing into June, and my fourth mountain walk in a month would prove my best. It's not often an ascent of the meek and mild Beinn na Lap could be viewed as an immense challenge, but when three of the party had a combined age of 9 years old this modest Munro became our Everest.
Let alone climbing a mountain, it can be challenge enough to get out the front door on time with young children and so it proved as we set off from Banchory 20 minutes behind schedule. I could have spent hours stopping to take photographs on the scenic drive from Calvine over the hill to a sparkling Loch Rannochside, but we had a train to catch and arrived at Rannoch Station with little time to spare. Copious amounts of food were thrown in bags and we jumped on the train for the short trip across the moors to Corrour, surely the most magical station to alight at in Britain. We needed 10 minutes to organise what we were taking and what was being left at the Station restaurant before setting off along the track eastwards.
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