Yesterday saw me collecting Calum and Rhonwyn for a hill walking day trip to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park so we could climb the Corbett, Beinn Each.
The day began with typically Scottish weather – rain – for our drive north. We parked the car at the bank of Loch Lubnaig and headed into the pine forest towards Glen Ample. We were lucky enough to encounter some wood sorrel, so had a nibble and continued on our way.
After a short walk along forestry track headed for the glen, we branched off to the east and headed up the western slopes of Beinn Each. From 550m upwards we saw an abundance of blaeberry plants starting to flower. In a couple of months’ time these will have transformed into tasty berries, ideal for hillside snacking!
At about the same height, the rain got heavier and the clouds closed in, reducing visibility to about 100m or so.
Despite the decline in weather, Calum and Rhonwyn were still in strong spirits and eager to continue to the top of the hill. We soon reached the summit at 813m and after taking a few photos in the mist, the cloud lifted and we were presented with fabulous views over Loch Lubnaig, Ben Vane, Ben Ledi and along the ridge line to Stuc a’Chroin.
Despite the mixed weather, Calum and Rhonwyn had a great day out (or so they say!) in the Scottish hills and are keen to get into hill walking. They have aspirations for completing some multi-day expeditions this year which we are going to make sure they achieve.
Thank you both for an excellent day out!