Glen Finlas Horseshoe

South Loch Lomond from CraperochThe west side of Loch Lomond has lots of lovely hills arranged into nice circular walks that are strangely ignored by the people heading north or for the Munro on the other bank.  Today Jazz and I did one that the Missus and I did back in 1989: the horseshoe walk around Glen Finlas.

Ben Lomond from Balcnock

Ben Lomond from Balcnock

Firth of Clyde

Firth of Clyde

In the old days you could drive up to the reservoir dam and walk from there which we did, taking 4.5 hours to do the walk. Today we had to park at the layby near the junction of the A817/A82 and it took us 6.5 hours instead 1.  Just passed Shantron farm we left the road and, to avoid a maternity field of sheep, fought our way through gorse to reach the rough track leading to the radio mast.  Then it was a right-turn and up onto Shantron Muir.  This is a pretty desolate hillside that had two things in its favour:  the view over Loch Lomond was superb, and the the first singing Skylarks of the year were out in the sunshine.  It’s just a matter of crossing this and onto Craperoch and the broad ridge heading for Balcnock. From here the view south down the Firth of Clyde was lovely with Ailsa Craig clearly visible 95km away.

Jazz on Beinn Ruisg

Jazz on Beinn Ruisg

Sunlight on Arrochar Alps

Sunlight on Arrochar Alps

Larch wood, Creachan

Larch wood, Creachan

Once up here the walk just follows the hills round with only a little up-and-down.  We had lunch at the highest point (NS302914) which oddly isn’t named on the OS map.  We decided to rectify this, and henceforth this spot is the summit of the mighty Beinn Jazz.  The walk continues round onto Beinn Ruisg and then Creachan Hill. The latter is a bit of a pain with its peat haggs but we plod on and get rewarded with views over Loch Lomond again. From the small wood of wind-blown Larch we dropped back down to the reservoir road and the tarmac back to the car.

Notes:

  1. Absolutely nothing to do with my level of fitness these days! It also turned out that we missed off the last hill in the loop back then.
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