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April (Easter) Weekend to Knoydart

The weekend trip to Inverie was first booked in early 2019 for the 2020 Easter weekend. The pandemic meant that the weekend was postponed twice before it finally went ahead this year! The Inverie trip was attended by 19 people, with 14 staying in the Knoydart Foundation Bunkhouse while the others chose some of the more comfortable lodgings that are available around the village. Knoydart felt busier than on our last visit to the area in 2014 .. there were more cars, more vehicle traffic on the tracks and the middle-of-the-day ferry crossings were very busy in both directions. The exception was the 07:30 ferry on Friday, which was a smaller boat with maybe 10 passengers. Most of the group arrived in Inverie mid-afternoon on Friday, although some had already arrived the day before. Most of us boarded the busy 11:00 ferry on Monday to start the journey home after a busy but excellent club weekend trip.

Over to Inverie  Back to Mallaig

On Friday and Saturday evening, everybody made their own dinner plans. On Sunday evening we all went to The Lookout restaurant for an excellent meal, which had been arranged in advance. The Old Forge pub had changed hands a few days before our arrival and is now in community ownership. No meals were available, but by Saturday a long-awaited delivery of beer had arrived and pints were being served.

Various expeditions were undertaken ....

Ally and Cat: Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond) on the way to Mallaig.
Elena went for a beach walk with Markus and Gaius.
Cornel: Glas-charn (Graham) en-route to Mallaig.

Ally, Cat and Cornel: To Inverie on the early ferry and then a circuit of Meall Buidhe and Luinne Bheinn after dropping their bags at the bunkhouse.
Elena walked to the top of Mam Barrisdale.
Mark and Miriam: Sgurr Coire Choinnichean.

Bob and Allan: Meall Buidhe via Mam Meadail.

On Meall Buidhe

Willie had a big day on Beinn Bhuidhe. Up the new hydro track to Loch Bhraomisaig, via Coire an Lochain to the southern slopes, up to the summit and then the very long way back via the east ridge and Mam Meadhail.
Justin: Beinn na Caillich
Susan and Christine walked to Loch an Dubh-Lochain
Elena went for a beach walk.
Ally, Cat, David, Chanel, James, Gerry, Cornel: Ladhar Bheinn (via Gleann na Guiserein) with a stop at the Old Forge on the way back.
Heidi, Tom and Jean: Mam Barrisdale
Mark and Miriam: Druim na Cluain-airighe (Marilyn)

The day started off rainy and the waterproof gear had to come out. By late morning the rain stopped and only a few of the high summits remained in the clouds.
Tom, Jean and Heidi did the full loop to Inverguseran, along the north west coast to Airor and back along the tarred road. They were invited in for tea and shortcake at Inverguseran and the farmer then helped them across the mouth of the Abhainn Inbhir Ghuiserein on his quadbike.

Quad biking across the river

David: Luinne Bheinn and Meall Buidhe.
Gerry, Christine, Susan, Cat and Chanel walked to the beach at Sandaig.
James and Justin: Along the road to Airor and back.
Bob, Allan and Cornel: Druim na Cluain-airighe, followed by a few pints at the Old Forge. They were joined by James and Justin on their way back.

On Druim na Cluain-airighe

Elena walked to Inverguseran and back.
Ally: Sgurr Coire Choinnichean.
Willie: Via Gleann na Guiserein and Folach to visit Coire Torr an Asgaill on the southern slopes of Ladhar Bheinn.

A great walking weekend was had by all, and with good walking weather including dry days and clear summits on Friday and Saturday.

Cornel Brozio

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April Weekday Walk in the Linlithgow area

The team of 8 was due to meet at Beecraigs Country Park Visitor Centre at 10.30am for a round of the Park, an ascent of Cockleroy, descent to, and stroll along, the Union Canal then a reascent back into Beecraigs. Ian, Hamish, visitor Angela, Gwen and Andy arrived at Beecraigs to texts and calls from Willie, Bob and Diane who were stuck on the M8 due to an incident at Kirk o'Shotts. The 5 M9 travellers decided to enjoy a coffee in the Centre until the others arrived .. which they duly did just after 11am. The heavy cloud forecast was present, and the chilly temperature due to the easterly wind made full kit necessary .. but no rain was expected. We set off at 11.20am and followed the 'Orange Route' round Beecraigs Loch and into the wooded part of the Park, picking up the 'Green Route' higher up for a direct approach to the little hill of Cockleroy (278m). After a brief sandwich stop to suit Gwen (aka Hungry Horace) the short ascent was made to this tremendous viewpoint. To the east, the Pentland Hills, the 3 bridges and the town of Linlithgow were most prominent .. but the vista continues westwards to the Campsies and beyond.

On Cockleroy

When the photography was complete, Willie decided that the steepish descent would not be good for his dicky knees and returned to the Centre on the 'Green Route', arriving at 1.30pm after walking a total of 6.5km. The rest of us made the descent and quickly reached the cottages at Williamcraigs after negotiating a tricky electric fence. We then enjoyed a pleasant stroll down past Linlithgow Golf Course and along the Canal, another sandwich stop before making the reascent to Beecraigs, and a short return through the woods which were being beautifully maintained by WLDC rangers. Most opted for a refreshment in the cafe, while HH and Andy headed for the Boardwalk by the Falkirk Wheel for a recce .. and something further to eat ..!

No GPS data this time .. I left it on the charger! The estimated distance is 12km (7.5mls) with total ascent of 240m. The total time taken was 3 hours 10 minutes.

ps the M8 incident was a car on fire on the hard shoulder, but both lanes had to be closed until the smoke cleared .. no injuries were reported.


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