The Fruin

Sub 2000s: The Fruin

Date walked: 23/03/2018

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 7km

Ascent: 180m

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Having read a few other reports, and seen how wet the hill was, I thought we'd go up by the simplest route I could find, which seemed to be from the wee old windy road from Faslane through Glen Fruin. So we parked in the plentiful car parking area there, where the views open out to the north and west and set off up a wet track - a track where each pool was filled with frog spawn, doomed to be run over by the first tractor that'll come up the path.

Frog spawn.jpg
Poor, foolish froggies.

At the end of the track, the next km was indeed wet, very wet, and we chose today to both forget to bring our gaiters. If you squeezed this sponge of a hill, I'm sure you'd get a decent sized ocean out of it. But as a bit of a slope started, so the ground became slightly less wet, if a bit more tussocky.

The Fruin from pt 289.jpg
Once you're beyond the bog, the heather bashing begins.

The easiest walking was near the barbed wire fence built on top of the old wall. There are no stiles in the fence, so it has to be climbed and it took a toll on Sarah's favourite walking trousers unfortunately. Coming back, there is a gate near the summit, but it's padlocked so even it had to be climbed. But at least it didn't have any barbed wire. We were, as usual, a bit late getting going so didn't take the diversions off to the south side of the hill to look for the Cup and Ring marked rocks and the Dun that the map shows down there. The next time, perhaps?

The top to Luss hills.jpg
Luss Grahams from the summit cairn

From the top to the view.jpg
Back to the fence line for views over the Clyde

Across Kilcreggan Peninsula to Gourock.jpg
Across Kilcreggan to Gourock and beyond

Across the bog to Cowal.jpg
Across the bog to Cowal on the way back

Sarah sunset on the track.jpg
Sunset's colours sharpening everything up

I think if you were climbing this on a wet day when you can't see anything, then it would be just a tick on a bagging list, but on a clear day like this one, the wet feet could be forgotten (temporarily) by looking up and around. Cowal looks amazing, the sweep of the Clyde majestic, the Luss Grahams imposing, and you mercifully can't see Faslane for much of the way as it's hidden behind the curve of the slope.

The ravens were doing barrel rolls and laughing at us poor earth bound creatures, a sky lark or two sang for joy at the eventual dawn of spring we all felt in the air, and even the pippits' colours looked vivid in the bright spring light.

It's a very straightforward route, with good views, but it's a trudge really, one of the wettest I've ever done for the first part. Do it on an icy, clear day and it'll bring great rewards. Do it later in the year and the tussocks and heather will double the trudginess.

Final sunset.jpg
Goodbye to the sun from the car park.

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