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Mar 22nd, 2017

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Duke’s Path in the snow

I took a wander up the Duke’s Path towards Coran Lochan today.  The weather was superb, although cold and snowy and the views were first rate. Obviously no one had been along the path since the snow fell; no one human at least although I saw lots of animal tracks (mostly deer and sheep). This […]

Jan 27th, 2017

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Nice walk today – but is spring on its way?

It was bitterly cold but sunny today, and as I wasn’t testing, I took myself off for a walk on my own. I went up round the back of Drimsynie and up on to the circular walk, then at the top of the hill, crossed to the higher path. This winds through the hills with […]

Oct 4th, 2016

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Beinn Ime

We managed to do Beinn Ime (Butter Mountain) which is the highest of the Arrochar Alps (nearly 1100m) in tandem with its neighbour Beinn Narnain (a slightly smaller Munro) this weekend. Last time we tried this it was so horrible and claggy we gave up on the Beinn Ime section. But this time it was […]

Apr 13th, 2016

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New Zealand

I just got my New Zealand badge from Fitbit today – means that I have walked 999 miles since I got it in October. Actually I am also doing the View Ranger “Walk 1000 miles in 2016” Challenge. I am in 59th place at the moment on 400 miles – but that is actually doing […]

Apr 2nd, 2016

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Beinn Bhuidhe

R and I tackled Beinn Bhuidhe today. This is another one of these (to an English speaker) strange Gaelic spellings, and is pronounced very approximately “Vu-Yid”. It means ‘Yellow Mountain’. This is probably the least climbed of the local Munros as it is a long way from any of the others, which means that if […]

Mar 25th, 2016

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Not so sure about this one

R and I climbed Cairnsmoor of Carnsphairn today. There is a traditional rhyme There is Cairnsmore O Fleet And Cairnsmore O Dee And Cairnsmore O Carsphairn The biggest of the three Actually it is quite a big hill, taller than Beinn Bheula in fact at 797m, but (whisper this) it is a bit of a […]

Mar 20th, 2016

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Our own mini-Cruachan and a confession….

It turns out I made a slight error the other day when I said I had got to the summit of Beinn Lochain. It turns out that there are two summits, a secondary lower one and another behind it which is about 50m higher. I only made it to the first one and was deceived […]

Mar 17th, 2016

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Beinn Lochain

Again the misty morning cleared to dazzling sunshine by lunchtime today, and I decided to fulfil a long desired wish and climb Beinn Lochain (the one to the right of Beinn Bheula as you look across the loch from the village). Beinn Lochain is a Graham at 703m but is moderately challenging because there is […]

Mar 16th, 2016

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Another day another walk

The fantastic weather continues… After being a bit overcast first thing, it had cleared up by 11am, and after an early lunch I set off to walk part of the peninsula loop. The full thing is Lochgoilhead -> Coran Lochan -> Artgartan -> Top of the Rest and be Thankful -> Lochgoilhead which is 23m. […]

Jan 23rd, 2016

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Mega-walk Today

R is still studying for his exam (or that is his story and he is sticking to it), so today I did the ‘Artgarten Circular’ walk on my own. You walk down the Duke’s path to Coran Lochan, turn left and walk along the side of Loch Long. Eventually you pass Coilessan Glen, and a […]