Loch Etive and Creach Bheinn

Jen & I are just back from a few days staying near Taynuilt with friends. On Sunday the two Jens and I went for a low level walk in the Inverawe/Loch Etive area, whilst the rest of the group went up on to Ben Cruachan encountering snow from around 700m.

Looking towards the summit of Creach Bheinn on Monday.

On Monday I had a bimble up Creach Bheinn in Glen Creran. The new hydro access track along the Allt Buidhe made for a quick approach. I was on hard old snow from around 700m and descended via Meall Garbh and a Grade I gully in the coire to the west of Meall Garbh’s summit, which made for a quick day. Various road cycling and low level walking also went on. It snowed overnight on strong east/north-east winds and there was a dusting of fresh down to about 300m near the coast this morning.

Argyll and Appin

The last three days Jen and I have been based south of Oban with B, Butch, Jen, Patrick, Rachael, Tom and Wilmot. On Friday we had a pleasant half day walking in the Knapdale Forest starting from the visitor centre for the Scottish Beaver Trial and walking down to Rubha na Stiure. This gave a sheltered walk with plenty of interest looking for signs of the reintroduced beavers.

Descending Beinn Fhionndlaidh towards Glen Creran.

On Saturday we headed up Bienn Fhionndlaidh from Glen Creran. This worked well on a day of sunshine and showers falling as snow or hail above about 750m on a south-westerly wind. Congratulations to the two team members for whom it was their first Munro.

A zoomed in view of Ben Cruachan showing the snow level on Sunday.

On Sunday after dropping some of the team at the station in Oban a reduced group caught the short ferry to Kerrera for a delightful wander around the southern loop of the island. It was cold and sunny with great views out to the islands and back to the hills where a dusting of snow had settled down to around 700m.

Beinn a’Bhuiridh and Stob Diamh

Out today near Dalmally with a Falkirk High Tops team of Alan, Billy, Colin, Julia, Linda, Lorn, Ros, Sue, Tom and Vic. The start point for the day was from the B8077 near Drishaig before climbing steeply onto the east ridge of Monadh Driseig and heading up to the summit of the Corbett of Beinn a’Bhuiridh. We then descended steeply to the Lairig Torran before heading over Stob Garbh to the highpoint of the day Stob Diamh. The descent took us over Sron an Isean and down it’s South-East ridge.

On the Stob Garbh/Stob Diamh ridge

There was snow from about 800m with significant accumulations on higher East and South-East aspects. No new snow during the day and cloud mostly above the summits. Freezing above about 750m and a light North-West/ West wind. The turf was firm above about 850m and ice was forming at higher levels. On the drive up Ben Lawers and Ben Lui looked to be holding plenty of snow high up.

Julia and Sue on Julia’s first Munro with Ben Cruachan in the background

It’s worth noting there are new vehicle tracks up Coire Glas and Coire Chreachainn and that the footbridge shown in Coire Chreachainn on the 1:25,000 map is now no longer servicible.

Sue, Vic and Lorn with Stob Garbh behind

An excellent day out with views to Ben Lui, Arran, Mull and the Etive and Glen Coe hills.