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Report on Ben Lawers
Saturday 24th June 2006

After a week of the most awful weather for mid summer and scanning every weather forecast I could find, I decided that the Ben Lawers walk was still on. Seemed that we could expect - Patches of rain and drizzle will tend to break up, leaving scattered heavy inland showers in the afternoon and evening. General cloud base likely to lift from 400 to 600m mid-morning, to 700 to 900m afternoon, albeit there will be breaks with some higher summits clearing at times – most likely toward the coast.

How wrong this was!!! The clouds lifted to well above summit level, skies cleared and the sun came out. We headed off at 10:30am after having met the 'charming' lady in the visitors centre. There was 8 of us - Maureen, Jacqui, Alison, Pat, Anne, Moira, Debbie and myself. Where were all the men from the club we asked ourselves? Watching the World Cup or just being lazy....who knows but maybe they would like to tell us as we haven't seen them for a wee while! The route was a clear path and in no time we had reached Beinn Ghlas then onto the summit of Ben Lawers. We spent a good half hour having lunch at the summit as the sun was really warm. The route back seemed like a leisurely stroll traversing round the back of Beinn Ghlas and eventually meeting up with the original path again. In total the walk only took 3.5 hours which we found hard to believe even for the speed we walk at. Still that would give us more time in the pub in Killin but that's where we became disappointed because the pub couldn't sell alcohol because of some licence problem. What a pub with no alcohol!!!! We headed to Crianlarich instead as we could not head home without the customary drink.

A great day was had by all and much better than expected.

Irene Cahill

what a lovely bunch of ......
Loch nan Cat
Looking down to Loch Tay
Is the horizon really meant to be at that angle .... or is it art ?
Looking down to Loch Tay


Photos: Irene Cahill

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