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June Day Trip to Ben Lawers

There was a good turn-out for the club day walk up Ben Lawers .. 13 in total. It was a lovely day, but unfortunately there was a strong wind. We all met at the National Trust Car Park, which gives a good starting point at 420m in height.  As expected it was a popular walk, so we weren’t on our own.  The route started with a pleasant walk through trees, climbing slowly to a junction in the path .. straight ahead to climb Beinn Ghlas, and a left turn to skirt round Beinn Ghlas to the north and climb up to the col between Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers. We took the left turn.

On the north side of of Beinn Ghlas the wind became quite strong and Jean, Tom and Heidi decided to turn back and head down. The rest of us carried on and once round the corner the wind dropped, which made for easier going. Steady progress was made to the col, at which point we had split up into two groups. The lead group continued up Ben Lawers and the second group stopped for some lunch. After lunch, Hamish, Angela and Brian decided to head back over Beinn Ghlas on a good path.  Michael and I headed up Ben Lawers and met the lead group just below the summit, seeking shelter from the high wind.

Ascending Ben Lawers  Summit of Ben Lawers  Descending to Beinn Ghlas  On Ben Lawers

Cornel, Elena, Bob, Steven and Gerry headed back by retracing their steps. Michael and I reached the summit and hung on. Despite the wind the views were stunning.  We then retraced our steps back to the Car Park. By this time the lead group had made it to the Killin Hotel for some refreshment. Once it was confirmed everyone was off the hill, we all headed home.

It was a good day, despite the wind ....

Mark Setford

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June Weekday Walk to the Kelly Cut

Allan, Hamish, Diane, Ian and Bob turned up at the Overton car park in Greenock. Having got the boots on, we walked down to Drumfrochar station, where we got the train for Wemyss Bay. Once out of the station, it was a short walk to the Kelly Burn.

We walked along the path through the trees and then on to the track that took us up to the Kelly Reservoir. We then had the walk along the Kelly Cut to the Greenock Cut visitors centre, stopping on the way for a lunch break.

Lunch on the Kelly Cut

The weather had been dry, and as we neared the visitors centre, the sun made an appearance.  We stopped at the cafe where Hamish treated us to drinks and cake, sitting outside enjoying the weather .. then it was on to the road past Loch Thom and over the hill back to the Overton car park.

It was an enjoyable walk made better by the good weather.

Bob MacDonald

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