Beinn A'Mhanaich (709m)

Sunday 19th November 2017

Distance: 11kms - Duration: 5hrs - Group Size:

Walk Leader - Jim

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This weekend one year ago, we climbed Beinn A'Mhanaich with a fine covering of snow and a cloud inversion over the whole of the Clyde valley; today there was not a flake of snow, but this hill still provided a fine walk with wonderful views all around.

Once across the muddy fields of GLen Fruin, and over the Haul Road, the fine grassy hillside of The Strone rises steadily towards Maol an Fheidh and as it does, you have a a series of wonderful panoramas from the River Clyde and the waters of The Firth of Clyde in the south, through to the grouping of the nearby Luss Hills and the Arrochar Alps to the north. We were in no hurry, it was a fine day, and so we had plenty of opportunity to enjoy our surroundings.

Beyond Maol an Fheidh, a short walk across a narrow bealach takes you to the long southern ridge of Beinn A'Mhanaich, and a final short, steeper climb to the broad, open summit plateau, in itself a fine viewpoint, and a beautiful spot for a very leisurely lunch on a fine day.

We finally departed the summit and re-traced our steps back down The Strone, where those of us who started from Glen Fruin, others having parked conveniently on the Haul Road, dropped off just below the 500m height and descended the directly to the small dam and reservoir, the idea being we would take the farm track back to Glen Fruin and miss the very muddy field crossed on the way up. This we did, but not before taking a minor detour to the other side of the fence to miss the bulls lining the track as we approach the farm. Never a dull day on the hills,

A fine walk, thanks Jim.

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