Report on Beinn Ime Beinn Luibhean
29 April 2011
Today's Craggys :- Ewan, Gillian, Maureen and Irene
We decided that hillwalking today was a better idea than sitting at home watching the Royal Wedding!! So with Ewan back home only a few days from his 2 year adventure in Japan, we were really keen to catch up with him again.
We met at my house and travelled up to Butterbridge and parked at the bottom of the forestry road before the big bend on the road (NN237092). The sun was shining and the cloud base was above the summits.
We headed along the path only for a short distance till we reached the fence. We walked up beside the fence, over stumps of trees, then crossed to pick up the path on the other side. We followed the burn up to the bealach between Beinn Ime and Beinn Luibhean (NN250081). At times it was little boggy but not too bad since we have had a few weeks of dry weather. After a well earned rest we continued on up to Beinn Ime but there was no path so we just picked the best route heading south east. Near the summit we reached the path from Beinn Narnain and it became so windy. On the summit we could hardly stand as we were getting blown about and it was really cold. We found a sheltered spot just off the summit for lunch and were joined by numerous others who thought the same. The visibility was excellent and we could look down and see the car. Great views of the surrounding hills especially Beinn an Lochain nearby.
We headed back down to the bealach but Maureen decided enough was enough and continued back to the car. Ewan, Gillian and I decided to go on to Beinn Luibhean. Last time I did these hills there were no views as the hills were shrouded in mist so the path to the summit was easier to follow on this occasion. After a short photo stop on the summit we headed north and an fairly easy decent to join the path at NN244089.
This is a good route to these hills although not as popular as the path from Succoth. A good day out was had by all!