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Report on Beinn Tulaichean
19 May 2013

Today?s walkers: Robin, Irene, Kathryn Michael N and Kenny.

We set off for car park at Inverlochlarig with some trepidation as the forecast was for overcast skies. The drive to Inverlochlarig is very nice along the side of Loch Voil but takes quite a while from the Balquhidder turn off.
We set off but had to stop and admire some chickens showing their skill at fence balancing! We continued on following the track when we were diverted around the farm buildings by a small Hydro electric development.
The path from the track was basically nonexistent and we climbed up through the fairly boggy ground towards where we thought Beinn Tulaichean lay! As we climbed upwards the forecast cloud and mist became thicker. Gradually Irene and I became left behind by the hares as they disappeared into the cloud. After crossing a bog the path became even vaguer and I?m afraid to say that Irene and I became misplaced! After much studying of maps we ventured up and left. However we were soon confronted by a very large cliff! To circumvent this cliff took us almost out of out comfort zone as the way became very steep indeed! Eventually we arrived at the plateau we had been aiming for and discovered the path which we should have been on. (We were only 50yds to the right!)
On reaching the summit we found Kathryn, Kenny and Michael waiting for us. Alas no views were to be had at all. After some fine dining; we wandered down to the bealach between Beinn Tulaichean and Cruach Ardrain. Kenny, Kathryn and Michael decided that they would climb to the summit of Cruach Ardrain as well. Irene and I decided that as we would see nothing we would saunter down from the bealach to the track and make our way back to the car. On the descent the sun came out and the skies cleared.
The drive along the road back through Balquhidder was very pleasant with some wonderful views of the Loch Voil.
As usual the trip ended in the pub where we were entertained by a very nice lady who called everyone Darling!
So ended another really good day out in the hills for Craggy walkers.

Robin Menzies
 

Robin, Kenny and Michael
at the start of the walk
misty mountain
chooks
Irene
Kathryn
fence line
heading uphill
the end of the day
looking back down the glen
more mist
ridge in the mist
cloud beginning to lift
more chooks

Photos: Irene Cahill


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