February Day Trip to Luss

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James and I found that Bob had already arrived at the Inverlair Avenue meeting point when we got there.  We walked up to the gate to have a look at the old Cathcart site.  Some new homes were being built along the "Avenue", but Cathcart House looked a bit worse for wear.

We drove to The Inn on Loch Lomond where we met Steven and Heidi in the car park.  Sleet was falling and we decided to head straight to the start of our walk rather than go in for a coffee and risk talking ourselves into going back home!  The Glen Douglas road was covered in a layer of snow, but we made it to the parking area without problems.  Waterproofs on we set off in the sleet, heading around a forest and then directly to the summit of Beinn Bhreac.

Summit of Beinn Bhreac  Ascending Beinn Bhreac

As usual, it was not quite as bad as it looked from inside the car.  Conditions were icy and higher up there was a good covering of snow.  We made good progress and were only hindered by a very unwelcome barbed wire fence near the summit.  The summit was very windy and after taking some pictures we followed our steps back down to a sheltered spot for our lunch stop.  By now, the rain had stopped and the skies started to clear and we had good views of the surrounding hills on our way back to the cars.

We ended the day with some refreshments at The Inn on Loch Lomond.  It was good to get out onto the hills, despite the weather!

Cornel Brozio

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February Weekend to Pitlochry

On Friday I drove up to Pitlochry and climbed the NTS owned hill Craigower (400m).  At the summit I was rewarded with excellent but misty views.

I then went to the Craigvrack, but as I was early to check in, walked down to the town and had a coffee and also bought new walking shoes in the sale at Mountain Warehouse.

The rest of the group gradually arrived and after settling in, we went up the road to the Moulin for something to eat.

On Saturday, Steven, Heidi, Tom, Jean and I headed to Rannoch Station and climbed the Graham, Stob na Cruaiche (739m).  The route was a bit of a slog through boggy ground and peat hags but we were rewarded with some good views from the summit.

On Stob na Cruaiche

Alasdair drove through to the Spittal of Glenshee and climbed the Munros, Glas Tulaichean and Carn an Righ. Ian drove to Tummel Bridge and then cycled to Bridge of Ericht and part way up the track to the sluice before returning by the south of Loch Rannoch. Iris walked down to the town and then walked along the river before returning. Hilary went to the Festival Theatre to attend one of the lectures at the Winter Words Festival.

In the evening we again headed up to the Moulin for our evening meal.

On Sunday, as the forecast was for winds up to 50mph on summits, climbs were not attempted. Steven, Hilary and Heidi visited the V&A in Dundee, Ian and Iris visited Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve while everyone else headed for home.

The Craigvrack was a good place to stay, with comfortable rooms and a good breakfast, but the price of the beer was a bit steep .. overall a good weekend.

Bob MacDonald

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