20th October – Beinn nan Oighreag

This Sunday’s walk is Beinn nan Oighreag behind Killin. Ranking amongst the highest of the Corbetts, Beinn nan Oighreag was briefly thought to top 3000 feet. The approach from Glen Lochay is perhaps the most attractive, following an old path to the shielings of the Allt Dhuin Croisg.

 

We need to park carefully – taking care not to cause an obstruction – by the start of tarmac track branching from Glen Lochay minor road at NN539352, about 700m from where the two roads up the glen join up.

 

Lets meet at 10.00 for a 10.30 start. As usual the weather is unpredictable with some forecasts being good and others not so good. So remember this is Scotland.

 

The usual carsharing thing applies.

6th Oct – Mealna Letter & Loch Beanie

The walk this Sunday is the graham, Mealna Letter and includes Loch Beanie.  A great circuit climbing to the summit of Mealna Letter with good views before descending to Loch Beanie to return along the Cateran Trail in Glen Shee.

 

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/angus/mealna-letter.shtml

 

The start of the walk is from a layby on the B951 between Cray and Forfar – NO153642.  The B951 is the road to Glenisla off the road to Glenshee.

 

The start time is 10am for a 10.30am start.  If you are interested in car sharing let me know and we can see if we can organise this.

 

I hope to see you there.

22nd Sept – Tarmachan Ridge

This Sunday’s walk is the ‘old favourite’ the Tarmachan Ridge.
Meall nan Tarmachan is one of the easier Munros to reach in good weather thanks to a high level start point, but it is really just the start of a rocky ridge traverse which is one of the most interesting in the Southern Highlands. There is a short, avoidable scramble on the descent from Meall Garbh.
The weather forecast is looking promising so the views could be good but as always remember this is Scotland.
Parking is at the Ben Lawers car park (parking charge). Lets meet there at at 9.30 for a 10.00 start.
The usual carshare thing.
John

Sunday, 8th September – Meall an Fhudair

The walk this Sunday (8th September) is Meall an Fhudair – a corbett between Tarbet on Loch Lomond and Crianlarich. Walkhighlands describes it as having a great feeling of wildness and solitude and some fine views.

I’ll not go into the flights of prose you normally get from Bill. He will not be there so you’ll have to put up with my much poorer note.
The parking is on the road verge north of Glen Falloch Farm on the A82. There seems to be only limited spaces so car sharing would be good. The walk starts on a track just opposite the farm.
If people can be there at 10.00am for 10.30am start. The walk is 15km and should take 5 to 6 hours.

Sunday 25th – Beinn Chabhair

No time for chatty stuff today – just the main points.

Number 1 –  the weather forecast for Sunday looks glorious.  Break out the shades/sunscreen.

Number 2 –  walk is Beinn Chabhair just north of Loch Lomond giving terrific views on a clear day (yippee!) down Loch Lomond, Loch Long and maybe a glimpse of Loch Fyne as well as looking directly onto Ben Lui, Ben Lomond, Ben More and the rest of the Trossachs

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/beinn-chabhair.shtml 

Number 3 –  start point is Inverarnan

Number 4 –  let’s meet at 10 o’clock for a 10.30 start.

Number 5 –  a wee reminder attached for the brave few who made it out a fortnight ago to Loch Lee when we found what was probably the only dry(ish) part of Scotland reachable by car that day.

From memory, there’s not a whole lot of parking so carsharing even more sensible than usual.

Hope to see you on Sunday.

Sunday 28th – Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh

As a ‘nod’ to the West Coast members this week’s walk is a lovely Corbett above the beautiful River Orchy.

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/argyll/beinn-mhic-mhonaidh.shtml

Passing alongside an ancient Caledonian pinewood you gain the open slopes of this rather forgotten Corbett. The summit offers superb views of the higher mountains all around in this part of the Highlands (weather permitting).

This being Scotland there is no clue as to what the weather will actually be like – beautiful sunshine or torrential rain but being Easy Walkers we will take it all in our stride just like everything else.

There is a car park at the bridge in Glen Orchy at the Allt Broighleachan Caledonian Forest Reserve. Grid ref NN243320 for those of you who into that sort of thing.

Let’s meet at 10.00 for a 10.30 start. Car parking is limited so carsharing, as usual, is recommended.

Sunday 14 July Monega Hill and Glas Maol

If you fancy something more active than sipping Pimms (other brands also available) and scoffing strawberries on Sunday while watching a couple of people hit a ball back and forth.  Back and forth.  Back and forth.  (see what I mean)  then why not try the great Scottish outdoors instead?  And what’s so great about a massive sliding roof anyway?  (apart from the size of the bill)

 

Sunday’s walk https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/angus/monega-glas-maol.shtml offers magnificent views out over the Cairngorms followed by an even more spectacular and unusual approach to Glenshee and the hills beyond.  Three summits with most of it along a horseshoe ridge which narrows delightfully as you approach the final stretch atop Glenshee.

 

What’s not to like?  But if that’s insufficient to tickle your taste buds and you want something truly different, there’s (optional) wild swimming to be had in the River Isla.  Contact Dennis for info on the best spots.

 

And for dessert there’s a Corbett thrown in (but with a sneaky route to the side which may be even more tempting).

 

Start point is Auchavan at the end of the road up Glen Isla.  Let’s meet there at 9.30 for a 10 o’clock start.  Hope to see you then.

 

Other active pursuits are also available on Sunday e.g. storming the Bastille, but few with such fantastic views or excellent company.  Or you can veg on the sofa marvelling at how much money can be spent on something to keep the fresh air out.  Your choice!

Sunday 30th. – Meall Corranaich and Meall a’Choire Leith

Sunday’s walk comprises two Munros that form the westward end of the great Ben Lawers ridge. The start, at almost 550 metres, makes this a short round for baggers but the terrain is very rough – and peat bogs unavoidable but still worth the outing.

Unfortunately neither Bill, Sandy nor I can make the walk but Jo has bravely stepped in to be there and she will be there in her black campervan.

There is parking just north of the summit of the Lairig an Lochain road that links Loch Tay with Glen Lyon, marked by a large cairn (Grid ref NN 593 416 for those of you that like that sort of thing). The days are long so let’s meet at 10.00 for a 10.30 start.

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/perthshire/meall-corranaich.shtml

Sunday 16th June – Glencorse View walk, Flotterstone

As Bill told you last time, we have been invited to join Bill Cook’s ‘training for Morocco’ walk on Sunday. There is a selection of walks in the Pentlands ranging from 1/2 an hour to 5 hours – so there is something suitable for everyone. When we have finished there is the Flotterstone Pub with a good selection of beers. It is close to civilisation so we should have a reasonable turnout.

The meeting point is Flotterstone car park at 11.00 for a 11.30 start (positively civilised timing)

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lothian/glencorse.shtml

This is also going to be Bill C’s charity walk for the Little Sherpas Foundation, so he is asking for a donation of £10 on the day.

As always if you need/want to be involved in car-sharing let me know and I’ll see what can be done.

Sunday’s walk (19 May) is Beinn a Ghlo

Not just one!  Not even 2!  Beinn a Ghlo https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/perthshire/beinn-a-ghlo.shtml  has no fewer than 3 summits to play with.

Do you feel lucky?  How much of gambler are you?  Roll a dice.  Does your answer divide by 3?  Then you’re on for 3 summits.  Divide by 2?  Maybe you should settle for 2 summits, skip the last one and retire gracefully down the Allt Bealach an Fhiodha and invest the 2 hours you just saved in the pub instead.  (You’ll still have earned it.)  That third and final summit Beinn Gabhar translates as “Hill of the Goat”.  Draw your own conclusion!

But not just a gamble.  Also continuity.  This will be my own third visit here and I would dearly love to see more than the figure of Sandy striding about 50m ahead of me.  I reckon the views must be pretty impressive but not for nothing does the Gaelic mean “hill of the mists”.  Roll that dice!

Continuity in various other ways also.  As in a couple of recent walks we will have an A team and a B team (maybe even a C team if your answer only divides by one!).  Think I’ve already decided which one I’m in.

Start point is at the end of the public road signed for Monzie and leading from Bridge of Tilt via Fenderbridge.  Parking is in a rough layby on the left just beyond a cattle grid near Loch Moraig (which you can’t see!)

This is a long day, whichever way the dice falls, but we have good long daylight also.  So let’s meet at 9.30 for a 10 o’clock kick off.  That should see both/all 3 teams arrive back at the pub about 5pm.