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Route: Doune Hill and Beinn Eich, from Luss

Grahams: Beinn Dubh, Beinn Eich, Doune Hill

Date walked: 02/09/2017

Time taken: 4.12 hours

Distance: 14.1km

Ascent: 1314m

I had to spend most of Saturday working while everyone else was enjoying the sunshine on the hills…

I managed to have a quick lunch stop on the shores of Loch Lomond
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I like playing for weddings at Cameron House because it’s the perfect location for sneaking up a hill afterwards. And today was a good day for it. At 4pm I escaped and headed for Glen Luss where I got held up waiting for sheep to cross the road, did a quick change from little black dress into more comfortable attire and headed off down the road towards Glenmollochan Farm.

Looking down Glen Luss
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It was an easy walk down the road, across the bridge and uphill towards the farm. I met a lady coming off the hill – she’d done the whole lot, a big day :lol:

I arrived at the farm and it turned out I’d missed the track around the outside. Fortunately the very friendly guy shearing sheep let me sneak around the back to a gate through the fence and I was on the hill. It was steep and boggy as I made my way up Beinn Eich. There was initially a faint grassy path which disappeared as the gradient steepened.

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As I climbed higher the views opened out and Loch Lomond looked spectacular in the early evening light
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Doune Hill, Glen Douglas Grahams and Ben Vorlich
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As the ridge narrowed, something of a path returned and I was onto the ridge
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Arrochar Alps and Crianlarich Hills
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The Cobbler and Beinn Ime behind Doune Hill
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Finally on the summit it was pretty spectacular! I love how close to home these hills are and yet the feeling of remoteness is awesome, especially in the evening when everyone sensible has gone home :lol:
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Summit of Beinn Eich
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After a quick breather and a check of the map I headed down the ridge of Beinn Eich, heading for the bealach.

Beinn a’ Mhanaich and Cruach an t-Sidhein
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I was on a path again and it was easy (although slightly squishy) walking. Looking ahead I could see the bealach, the minor summit of Beinn Lochain and Doune Hill ahead.
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I made my way easily across the bealach and started the ascent up Beinn Lochain. There was a labyrinth of paths and I headed upwards.

Looking West
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Looking down Glen Mollochan towards Loch Lomond
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From Beinn Lochain the views were still pretty awesome – Cruach an t-Sidhein where I was tempted to pop out to, but I was worried about time, I reckoned I needed to be down by 9 which gave me 4 hours for the whole round :lol:
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From Beinn Lochain it was a short descent and re-ascent to Doune Hill. The Arrochar Alps were still looking awesome even in shadow
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Finally at the top of Doune Hill I could see Loch Lomond with Beinn Eich on the right and Beinn Dubh (next target) on the left
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The trig point and Arrochar hills behind
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Jaxter special
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Glen Douglas, Loch Long and the Arrochar Corbetts
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Doune Hill’s other top and Ben Lomond
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Glen Douglas eyesore
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The Cobbler, Beinn Ime and Beinn Narnain
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Ben Lomond
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West – evening was setting in, time to get a move on 8)
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The descent to the glen was horrific – very steep and tussocky, knee-crunching and generally awful. I was awful conscious I was against the clock :lol: I did have a potential bail-out point once I’d reached the glen – I could follow the track all the way down Glen Mollochan back to the car…but that would be too easy :wink:

I was so relieved that the downhill was over that I didn’t even mind the steep ascent to Beinn Dubh. Well, only a little bit…. It was very steep and I was pretty tired – my Garmin was telling me that I had broken the 1000m ascent barrier, on grahams :shock: :lol:

Stopping for a breather I looked back to Doune Hill
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After a while the gradient mercifully eased and it was easier walking. Looking across Tullich Hill to the Cobbler and pals
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Finally at the summit it was definitely starting to get dark 8) Time for a quick pose….
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And a wander a wee bit further on from the summit which turned out to be a much better viewpoint down Glen Douglas
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The Beinn Dubh ridge and Loch Lomond
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I had thought to continue down the ridge and cut back to the car but didn’t really fancy a steep pathless descent in what would probably be darkness…. So it was the “easy” option straight back to the car.

Looking back to the cairn
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Cobbler, Ime and Narnain
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A last glance
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Heading down the ridge
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Darkness was looming so I got a move on
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The moonlight was just enough to get me back to the car without needing to get my head torch out. It was a slightly nervy drive back down the single track road and it took a phonecall to the police to get through Dumbarton :lol: but the cobwebs were definitely blown away; what a lovely evening :D


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