November Day Trip to the Pentlands

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There were only two takers for the day trip to the Pentlands.  I met Bob and James at Cathcart, and after a quick chat we set off along the M8 to Edinburgh.  It was a fine start to the day.  A little over an hour later we arrived at the Flotterstone Visitor Centre outside Penicuik.  With the boots on, we were off at 9.15am .. an early start for us!  It was a stiff walk up Turnhouse Hill, but the views were well worth the effort.

In the Pentlands  In the Pentlands

You could see as far as the Bass Rock.  After some photos, we continued along the ridge to Carnethy Hill and Scald Law.  It was steep up and down terrain, but the path made it fairly easy.  The weather was starting to cloud over a little around midday, but no sign of the rain.  We continued over East Kip and met up with John Gormley coming the other way!  He had set off from the west side of the Pentlands around the same time we had left Flotterstone.  We continued on over West Kip and stopped for a short break.  John then appeared and had decided to head back the way he had come.  We continued on round to Hare Hill, where we said our goodbyes to John.  We walked over Hare Hill and decided to head down to the Loganlea Reservoir rather than climb over Black Hill .. we didn't want to over do it!  It was then a straightforward walk back along the glen to the start point.  Just as we arrived at the car it started to rain, so it was a quick change and into the pub for a pint of Pentland Ale .. very nice!  A short drive through the rain and we were back in Glasgow, in time for the rugby. A great wee day.

Mark Setford

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November Weekend to Newton Stewart

Eleven walkers made their way to to the Bruce Hotel in Newton Stewart for the club's first weekend trip to deepest Galloway.

On Friday, Bob had a coastal walk to St Ninian's Cave while Allan and Willie walked different sections of the Southern Upland Way, and Cornel climbed Millfore from Black Loch where he came across an impressive cone-shaped sculpture, about 10m high, on the shore of the loch.  He found out later that this was The Eye by Colin Rose and is constructed of pieces of red quarry tile.

The Eye at the Black Loch  The view from Millfore

On Friday night, the plans for Saturday were 6 for Cairnsmore of Fleet, 3 for a coastal walk to St Ninian's Cave and 2 solo walks.  By Saturday morning this had changed to 3 for Cairnsmore of Fleet and 6 for St Ninian's Cave.  This was a good move by Debbie, Susan L and James who joined Andy, Gwen and Susan A on the coastal walk, and enjoyed the best weather of the day.  They had sunshine all the way, the chance to wear tee shirts, and even had a spot of sunburn on an unprotected napper .. not bad for a November walk!

Starting at Isle of Whithorn  The scary coastal path around the Isle of Whithorn  The scary group of walkers  St Ninian's Cave

The remaining Cairnsmore of Fleet team of Bob, Cornel and Willie were joined by day trippers Steven and Heidi and Scotty the dog.  They followed the tourist route to the main summit and then went out and back to Meikle Mulltaggart.  This was MacDonald's last Donald so, after deciding which part of the boggy top was the highest, pictures were taken and Bob produced a fine Jura malt to celebrate the occasion.  The walk continued in the clag over the Knee of Cairnsmore then descended steeply to eventually pick up a track to rejoin the outward route.

  On Cairnsmore of Fleet  On Meikle Mulltaggart

Gordon had the biggest day walking over Millfore, Curleywee, Lamachan Hill and Larg Hill and was in the clag all day.

Allan walked another section of the SUW from Clatteringshaws to Dalry and finished in time to watch the Scotland Tonga rugby match at a local pub.

On Sunday, Allan walked yet another section of the SUW from Loch Trool to Knowe and this time in the company of James, Susan, Andy and Gwen.

Late autumn on the Southern Upland Way  On Glenvernoch Fell on the Southern Upland Way

Bob and Cornel had planned to climb the group of Donalds to the south of Corserine but arrived to find the Scottish Hill Rally Club were running the "Borders" hill rally in the area.  Some of the rally stages overlapped their planned walk so they decided to visit the tearoom in Carsphairn and consider some other walks but in the end they just headed home to watch the final F1 Grand Prix of the year.

My plans to climb Lamachan Hill and Larg Hill were also changed as I spent too much time at the start photographing the misty trees and the temperature inversion so opted for a circular walk through the forest instead.

Temperature inversion at Loch Trool  Low sun through the trees

A successful first weekend trip to Galloway and one worth repeating.

Willie Robison

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