Deciding what hill to do in winter involves a number of factors including being able to get to the start of the route. The Munros at Bridge of Orchy are perfectly placed being right on the A82. So for the second outing of this winter weekend Beinn Dorain was the target for today's Craggy crew of Steve, Kathryn, Niamh, Malcolm, Roddy with special guest appearance from Micky and Cluanie.
This route is normally tackled as 2 Munros but with deep snow anticipated we knew only one was on the cards for being ticked off today. It was a bit of a contrast to the last outing we had on these hills when we had a mini heatwave back in June 2016!!!!!
The hill turned out to be a lot busier than we'd expected The good weather had brought out loads of folk as well as Oban Mountain Rescue Team doing a training session. Niamh said the ascent looked like a scene in Everest the way the people were snaking up the hill. It was well and truly frozen underfoot and when we hit the snow progress wa…
For once the weather gods were in our favour. The only issue was being able to get to the hills to play in all this glorious snow that had been dumped during the week. It was a no brainer. There was only really one contender. "Just" the Luss Hills for Craggy crew of Alan, Kathryn, Niamh, Claire, Fiona, Jean, Roddy, Steve and myself. Route details available here from Walk Highlands.
Thankfully the roads were OK and we all made it to Luss though the Gaffney's did deploy the snow slippers to escape their campsite.
Well I had Lou Reed playing in my head all day as it really was a Perfect Day. The deep snow may have made it more energy sapping (code for calorie burning) but it was an absolute pleasure to be out on this blue sky perfect winter day. There were a lot more folk than we would normally see on this route all with the same idea - to make the most of these gems of hills.
Needless to say lots of photos were taken and there was lots of playing in the snow which…
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…