Friday, 16 December 2011

Glen Lochay Munros, Nov'11

Last month I enjoyed one of the best hill-runs in stunning weather !

I drove up to Glen Lochay on a cold winter morning through fog most of the way. Arriving at the end of the glen I was greeted by a sign pointing to a new car-park and asking people not to park their cars any further. I guessed this was probably due to the damage that the cows have made to the road (and probably the cars they lick !). Further on the road comes to an end, with another road owned by the Hydro heading up hill. This road is now terribly pot-holed and possibly no longer maintained. I gingerly drove up the road, though the mist and parked by the large pipe.

Off we set, to be greeted by a sign "All dogs must be kept on lead" - I guess the landowner is choosing to ignore Scotland's access code ! A fine track was ran along for a few km, then uphill on grassy terrain. The views just opened and with clear blue skies, the day was simply stunning. We ran over only 4 Munros today, as with a slightly later than planned start and limited daylight Ben Challum had to be dropped from the route. We met no-one else, but some ptarmigan checked us out on Meall Ghlas and a few deer could be spotted. The sunset over Arrochar was amazing and it was back to the car in darkess and fog using the head torch.

Some photos are on Flickr webpage.

A video is on YouTube (sorry about the sound quality).

If you fancy doing this trip, have a look at the Glen Lochay Munros route on my website.