Sep 14th, 2015
Day two of our ‘staycation’ and the weather dawned quite a bit better. We set out to climb The Brack (a Corbett) and Cnoc Coinnich (1m off being a Corbett – so a very big Graham).
My full account of the trip is here –
but basically we had a very hard but good day (left at 8am and didn’t get back until after 4pm) with the weather improving all morning, and sunny all afternoon. We got some cracking views, from Croc Coinnich in particular, taking in Loch Goil, Loch Long, Loch Lomond and the Firth of Clyde, with sight of most of the iconic peaks of the Arrochar Alps. Ben Lomond from that view point looked much like the ‘Lonely Mountain’ from ‘The Hobbit’
The only thing I will say against the day is that we made a mistake on the way back by trying to loop round the back of the Steeple rather than just retracing our steps. The ground was a combination of bog, marsh grass, and heather, with loads of hidden holes, deep channels and unexpected steps down. It took us well over an hour to do about 1km – and it was fortuitous in the extreme that we didn’t end up spraining an ankle.
When we got back to the house, both cats were at the bottom of the drive to meet us, tails up in the air which was a nice homecoming. And then we had homemade pizza and a Fyne Ale each – because we had earned it.