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 🙂
Ben Vane looms over Loch Arklet ……
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.
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.
Having a sore foot has its advantages on days like this as I was forced to stop and have a seat every so often 🙂
The Crianlarich hills from the summit….
Ben Lui and neighbours…
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…
Looks kinda skylarkish to me..any ideas ? Small brown birds are not my strong point 🙂 We descended the same way to enjoy the view down Loch Long and Loch Lomond.
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 🙂
Top day out on the hill it was 🙂