Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Friday 26 May. Creag Gharbh - 637m. Quick post - 4th attempt!

I'm not a fan of waymarked trails but having used various sections of the Rob Roy Way to access some Grahams this year and last, I have to admit to enjoying the trail almost as much as the hill itself.

Our original plan was to climb this Graham from Killin but the camp site owner, a local, suggested we start go via the Allt Breaclach. Alas, we couldn't get the 'van parked so drove on to Ardeonaig where the hotel kindly let us use their car park.

The weather was muggy and it was a steady pull up the narrow road to the Abernethy Outdoor Centre. Once we gained height though, a May breeze made for pleasant walking over open country gently rising until the pipeline was reached. This carries water to Loch Lednock Reservoir and soon disappears underground.

Reaching the site of the old mast we stopped for a bite to eat and watched what we assumed to be 'Rob Roy Wayers' after which a yomp through the heather and slightly boggy ground brought us to the trig point.

We had a leisurely return by the same route and to finish the day off, enjoyed apple juice with ice outside the four star Ardeonaig Hotel.

Lochan Breaclach and Lynne at the Ardeonaig Hotel.

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Creag Gharbh - Graham

There's no signal at the site so sending this from summit!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Monday 8 May - Ciste Bhuidhe a' Claidheimh 759m (Graham). Maps 51, 52 NN 729 351

This fine little hill lies above the hamlet of Ardtalnaig on the south shore of Loch Tay. Often referred to as the Shee of Ardtalnaig this was Lynne's choice for today's outing and an excellent one it proved to be.

It was also Lynne's suggestion that we take the single track road from Amulree through Glen Quaich to Kenmore rather than the usual route by Loch Earn, Glen Ogle and Killin. It was an interesting drive with hairpin bends as the road climbed to 520m after Garrow and again on the descent to the loch. Not a route for the motorcaravan though!

The start of the walk up the road to Claggan
It was the most beautiful morning at Ardtalnaig, a quiet and peaceful place with superb views across the Loch.

Near Claggan we spoke with a chap who was busy erecting posts in the stony ground. Hard work in the heat. The factor (we think) greeted us with a smile and conversation even though we'd just ignored a sign pointing to the route avoiding the farm yard, but in our defence the direction indicated was ambiguous.

Claggan farm
Once through several sheep pen gates - the price of going through the farm yard - the wide bulldozed road traversed south across the hillside above Gleann a' Chloidh eventually giving way to a pleasant grassy track which took us almost onto the ridge.

Up on the ridge a thin path through the bone dry hags brought us to the Bual a' Claidheimh, a cleft caused by a rock slip.

Hags and the top in the distance

Bual a' Claidheimh - the rock is mica-schist

Approaching the top

At the small summit cairn we pondered our route back. A descent to Gleann a' Chilleine was eventually rejected in favour of staying high with fabulous views to the Ben Lawers group, the Tarmachans and beyond.

The sun was strong but the wind cold so we had to don windroofs and seek shelter among the hags for lunch before continuing downwards.

We easily succumbed to another stop above Claggan and took in the scene.

From our last stop above Claggan
At Ardtalnaig we wished we'd brought the tent but we hadn't so we explored a bit then headed for home via Killin. Another special day in the hills was over.

A rare sight these days

The small graveyard and the lower slopes of the Shee