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Lochranza to Brodick "haute route"

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As far as walks go, this has to be up there as one of our favourites.  It may be a long one, at least 21km whatever version you do, but it's a good one.  The joy of this route is you have multiple options for making your way back to Brodick.
Roll call at the 7am ferry saw Don, Eleanor, Gail, Gary, Lorraine, Steve, Marie and Caroline lining up in the breakfast queue to carb load in preparation for the days exertions.  Gillian was waiting for us at the bus. The weatherpeeps ensured us we would have a dry day though it was a wee bit on the cool side considering it's June.
The bus dropped us at the Lochranza Distillery and we made good progress up Gleann Easan due to the relatively good conditions underfoot from the recent dry spell.  Once we were over the river it was the first climb of the day up onto Sail an Im.

We were soon onto the ridge and drinking in the views before us.  Looking north, we could see the Paps of Jura but it was our route ahead which was getting our attenti…

Keeping it local - Misty Law

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One thing's for sure, the beast from the east kinda disrupted the plans for the weekend.  While Ballater may have been the desired destination, playing in the snow was always the aim.  So the fact that there had been a dump of snow practically on the doorstep meant time to explore the snowfields of Clyde Muirshiel Park.

It was me and the two Steves.  Misty Law was the target.  Route was straight from the village of Lochwinnoch.  This meant no need to worry about getting to the start as we just parked in the village.  This route utilises minor road then landrover track practically all the way to the top.  Should be relatively straightforward..................... except for the people eating drifts obliterating the track!!!

Suffice to say, it was quiet out on the route.  Only met one other couple who had turned back after getting swallowed up by the drifts once too often.  But we carried on even though there were a couple of attempts on us.  At Mistylaw Muir we took the decision to …

Hello old friend - Ben Lomond

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It was a no brainer.  The weather forecast was too good not to be out on a hill.  We went through a few options but in the end it boiled down to what was closest and had a pub at the end with a TV............ there was a rugby match to watch.  Decision made when a certain establishment confirmed they were open and the TV would have the rugby on. Ben Lomond it is.

It has been a while since I last summited.  We were beaten back by deep snow, artic wind chill and a cold doggy last January.  I did wonder if we were going to have similar problems on this outing.  The mountain forecast was giving a "feels like" -15C!!!!!

Well that didn't deter us and we were joined by Lorraine, Jean, Karen, Archie and Lottie dug.  Route was to be the up and down the main tourist path - details on Walk Highlands.  This was mainly due to not knowing what condition Ptarmigan Ridge was in and not everyone being kitted out with crampons etc.

They have much improved the path out the forrest at Rowar…

Culter Fell

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South was the direction of choice for today's Craggy adventure to one of the first hills I ever climbed - Culter Fell.

It was great to have some old friends from Outdoorsmagic, Ben and Jo, join us as well as Karen, Archie and spaniel Lottie.

We were surprised to be the only cars parking up when we got there.  Suspect everyone was heading to the snowy north to join the A82 carpark!!

It was a tad chillier, windier and cloudier than we expected from the forecast as we set off but we were clinging to the hope it would improve as promised.  There was still a fair bit of snow around but thankfully not too deep so the drag up Shin Fell wasn't too bad.  Unfortunately the summit of Culter Fell was clagged in and not very hospitable. 

As we headed for Moss Law it eventually started to clear and the sun even attempted to come out.  We stopped for lunch at Holm Nick and looked up at the very appropriately named Gathersnow Hill with its cornice.  The original plan had been to head up onto …