Beinn a`Choin.

15th September 2011.

The first decent day for what seemed ages finally dawned and found us on our way up to Inversnaid for a walk up Beinn a`Choin.The road along from Aberfoyle to Inversnaid is a delight,if you can time your journey in between the numerous Lochs and Glens buses that shuffle the tourists back and
forth.Needless to say we ran into two of them meeting head on whch caused a tailback whilst they manouvered around each other.There are worse places to be stuck though I`m sure you`ll agree πŸ™‚

Ben Vane looms over Loch Arklet ……

Ben Vane from Loch Arklet.

Beinn Ime and Ben Vane…

Beinn Ime and Ben Vane.

We parked at the new car park just off the road at Garrison Farm and toddled off up the land rover track to the site of the old shielings where we stopped for a seat to admire the surroundings.We`d only been walking for 15 minutes but it was a day to linger and look rather than rush about.

Looking back down to the shielings.

Rather than go up to the bealach and back the same way we decided to take a rising traverse up the west side of the hill through the outcrops for a change.The flank presented to Lomondside is littered with crags.

Western slopes of Beinn a`Choin.

Having a sore foot has its advantages on days like this as I was forced to stop and have a seat every so often πŸ™‚

The Crianlarich hills from the summit….

Crianlarich hills.

Beinn Dorain….

Beinn Dorain.

Ben Lui and neighbours…

Ben Lui.

We were surrounded by a flock of excited birds that looked as if they were enjoying a last sunny day in Scotland before emigrating to Africa for the winter.There were literally hundreds of them and with a bit of patience excercised I eventually managed to get a pic of one…

Not a skylark.It`s a meadow pipit πŸ™‚

Looks kinda skylarkish to me..any ideas ? Small brown birds are not my strong point πŸ™‚ We descended the same way to enjoy the view down Loch Long and Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond and Loch Long.

Back down to link up with the ATV track which leads down to the main path just before the old shielings.The Highland cattle that had been blocking the Right of Way,despite our protestations to them on the way up,had now been frazzled by the sun and were unable to rouse themselves in order to plonk down in the middle of the path which seems to be their usual habitat πŸ™‚

Knackered coo.

Top day out on the hill it wasΒ  πŸ™‚

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14 Responses to Beinn a`Choin.

  1. “last sunny day in Scotland”
    Oh, I hope not, we’ve only had 3 this year… πŸ™‚

    think that could indeed be a skylark.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yon wee lark is a meadow pipit, much more dainty.
    Paul Rothesay.

  3. McEff says:

    I must confess I had to resort to Multimap to discover the whereabouts of Beinn a’ Choin, Alex. I’m not up on these Corbett things. But I must say that’s a splendid picture of Ben Vane at the top of the post. It’s the only Munro in this area I have climbed and it looks far more impressive than I remember it to be.
    Alen McF

    • It probably looks more impressive because it was zoomed from the other end of Loch Arklet Alen.
      Having said that it is a steep wee sod though.Had to give up on my first attempt at it due to waist deep snow when almost at the summit.


  4. Gorgeous pictures! Hope you get a few more dry days this year…feel free to send some of your rain to the Nevada desert, we could sure use it. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  5. writesofway says:

    Hello Alex, you sexy Scotsmen certainly know how to toss a caber, eh?! Lovely pic of Ben Vane – looking forward to your version of the Arran ridge…

  6. says:

    If those birds had hung around for a few more days they would have been mightily confused temperature wise. It’s beginning to feel like Africa here with this late mini-heatwave.

    Still belting up Corbetts and I thought you had a sore foot! Good to see you continuing to torture yourself Alex. πŸ˜€

    • Just tidying up a few Corbetts that don`t require a bank loan for diesel in order to get to them Ken πŸ™‚ Think I`ve only done six new ones this year .Off to the Lake District next weekend for a change πŸ™‚

  7. Love the Hielan’ Coo shot – I bet they do get hot in all that hair!

    When I saw the first photo I thought “Bloody hell! What’s that monster? Hope I don’t have to go up that!”, but then I saw it was Ben Vane and I HAVE been up that! It looks fierce in your photo.

  8. The cow was a friendly one.Goes by the name of Daisy πŸ™‚

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