Easter climb of Benn Donich

Apr 19th, 2014

Easter climb of Benn Donich

We’ve been wanting to climb the ‘mountain in our back garden’ since we moved in – but between the bad weather and general business, we have always seemed to be putting it off. This Friday we finally remedied this and got up there – we had a fantastic day and I’m actually glad we waited.

The weather was marvellous, not too hot but sunny and really clear. We set off really early and were at the summit by 10:30 with the best views over Scotland I have ever seen. Not only can you see Loch Long, Loch Goil and Loch Fyne (Loch Lomond is hidden behind the mountains), but right out over the Firth of Clyde towards Jura.

In total on the walk we saw six people – and this on a public holiday weekend and possibly the nicest walking day there will be all year. It did make me think of the last time I climbed Benn Lomond, where (nice as it was), it was a bit like being on Sauchiehall Street with all the walkers.

It was not a particularly long or taxing climb – but there is one rough scramble and enough fissures and holes in the rock to be wary about going up there in bad weather. Certainly in winter it is one to respect.

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