• Home from the Hills

    Our annual gathering of old chums to walk the hills was an absolute blast this last weekend with weather you dream of and great light to boot. This year found us at Arrochar at the head of Loch Long in the Argyll Forest Park.

    First day took in The Cobbler (or Ben Arthur), at 2891' just a whisper below a "Munro", but still a good looking hill. There's an interesting rock pillar on the very top with a tricky manoeuvre known as 'threading the needle' to get you atop. The rock was so damp and greasy we all (rather sensibly I reckon) chickened out. On down the northern slopes of the mountain, across the squelchy peat bog (they must have had a fair old bit of rain just lately) and up to Beinn Ime, at 3318' most definitely a "Munro". Fabulous 360 degree views of the whole of the West Highlands. Photographs are fine, but it's being there that counts, soaking it all in - the light and shade, the colours, the ever changing cloudscapes, the overpowering silence and sense of one's place in this vast world. We are but nano-seconds in a multi million year landscape.

    Second day's weather not quite as glorious as the previous day, but still very good for walking & actually made life a little easier temperature-wise on the long slog up Beinn Narnain, at 3040' another "Munro" by a squeak. Sadly the top of the mountain completely wreathed in cloud and a fair old breeze whipping across too. Dropping down to the northeast we were soon back in the sun though & strode on to A'Chrois (2785'). Coming down off this hill I discovered a pair of rowans growing improbably out of a massive boulder.

    Big thanks to Mike for finding a great house (again) and driving us all. Also thanks for stopping on the Loch Lomond road, south of Tarbet, on the way home so I could get a few shots of The Robert the Bruce Yew.

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