Sunday 27th- Luss Horseshoe


Great to see everyone on 13/1.  Sorry I couldn’t keep up!  Pix available on the group Yahoo site of the starting line-up, proof that the Last of the Summer Wine did eventually reach the top and finally a lost boot (ladies or child I think) and lost car key.  Both last seen taped to the signpost at the carpark end of the bridge.  Seems to be the place for it.

Sunday coming (27/1) it’s the Luss Horseshoe featuring Beinn Dubh – though there’s a good  chance that it will be renamed Beinn Geal this weekend.  (Look it up.)

Weather forecast right now looks terrific but we’ll keep an eye on it so check emails closer to the time.  But if it holds good and still has snow on the tops then the views should be fantastic.

Starting point is the car park in Luss.  Looks like it may be chargeable so bring a couple of coins.

Let’s meet there 9.30 for a 10 o’clock start.

Usual stuff about carsharing etc.

Hope to see you there/then.  No excuses about HMRC!

Mount Toubkal

Hi All.
Anybody interested in climbing Mount Toubkal in Morrocco in early October? I’m organising a trip to Morocco lasting roughly ten days. It will take in a bit of trekking, a few nights in Marakech and a trip to the Sahara Desert.
Cost including flights and accommodation (pretty basic) from Edinburgh expected to be between £550 and £650. I am having a briefing night with the organiser to discuss the trip in Edinburgh on Thursday 31st January at 7pm in the Wetherspoons Booking Office Pub. Come along if you are interested in finding out more or get in touch with me. If anyone doesn’t want to climb Toubkal they can come and do a lower level trek in the Atlas Mountains. I’ve done Toubkal before. It is a great trek.
Cheers All.
Bill Cook

Ben Ledi – Sunday 13th

Hi and Happy 2019!

And what a year it will be.  Forget the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the Via di Francesco or even the Via Francigena this wonderful year will kick off with the pilgrimage to Ben Ledi on Sunday 13th January by that mysterious and fanatical group – the Ambulati Facili.
Anonymous sources who have conducted in-depth research into this cult tell us that the Ambulati will assemble that day in their secret meeting place known officially as “the car park off to the left from the A84 after Callander and just south of Loch Lubnaig” precisely 100 minutes after dawn (aka 9.30a.m.).  The precise location has been revealed as involving the navigation of a little bridge over the Garbh Uisge to the south of Loch Lubnaig then turning left.
As with all sects, excitement has mounted as the ritual approaches.  Ancient race memories are surfacing of legendary figures from the creed’s origins in the dim and distant 20th century.  These are supposed to bring great good fortune, and, occasionally, pies.  Speculation is rife as to whether The Laird might make an appearance with his proprietorial staff, or The Cook (so called for his haunting social media warnings of the power of curry), or even The Elder – who is believed to possess the power to hover enigmatically above the ground.

Usual time – 9.30 for a 10am start.  Break out the thermals that Santa brought.  And if there’s anyone who doesn’t already know this like the back of their hand – /lochlomond/ben-ledi.shtml.

As ever, get in touch if you’re offering a lift or would like to nab one.

And if you can’t make it – or just want to fill your diary, our 2019 programme is here in our upgraded website