Ben Donich - good enough to convert me??

Route: Ben Donich, via Rest and Be Thankful

Corbetts: Ben Donich

Date walked: 21/01/2017

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 7.5km

Ascent: 575m

I spend a lot of time on WH, it's a fabulous site, but I've not had the confidence to post any walk reports before. Being as Saturday's trip was a change from my usual bog trot, I thought it was time to remedy that.

I do most of my walking solo and I'm gradually increasing my Donald Count on the (mostly) soggy, green, pathless lumps in the Galloway Hills and beyond.

However, when two work colleagues suggested a trip to Ben Donich this weekend, a quick look at the weather forecast had me digging out my walking gear and looking at a map that shows north of Glasgow for a change!! :D

The day dawned icy and the drive up to the Rest and Be Thankful was fairly foggy at times. We arrived about 9.30 and the car park was already chokka - I'm certainly not used to that in my usual walking haunts!!

I won't describe the route, we just followed the path up and back. It was icy in places, but nothing too difficult, and I enjoyed the novelty of some scrambly bits. The geology is just amazing. And so many people!! I think I saw more people today than in all my previous trips added together :lol:
I'm not really surprised it was so busy, it was a fantastic day - the conditions were spectacular. Inversions galore, bright sunshine but with a biting wind at the top.

My photography skills aren't great and I only have a cheap phone, but even my amateurish efforts turned out half decent today :D

The Cobbler and Co

Onwards and upwards

Nearly at the top

At the top

More great views

Lunch spot with a view

Time to go

I must say I could be converted. A path all the way, fantastic views and dry boots when I got back to the car! How civilised :D
Admittedly, if the conditions hadn't been so brilliant, I may not have been so quick to sing the praises of these busy, rocky little mountains, but today was a perfect introduction.

One last look

I do love the solitude of my walks further south, but I'll certainly be back to Arrochar again soon :)

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Distance: 7.5 km
Ascent: 575m
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