Tag Archives: Munro

Scottish mountains over 3000 feet

Beinn Dearg

Jazz on snow bank, Beinn DeargThe last time we were here, back in the autumn of 2011, stalking prevented us from climbing Beinn Dearg and so we had to be (very) content searching for the source of the Mighty Banvie Burn.  Today we had no excuses and to cap it all, it was a stunning day with blue skies, no wind, no insects, warmth and still enough snow to make everything stand out.  But we’ll have more to say about the snow later… Continue reading

Carn a’ Chlamein

Summit Selfie

Summit Selfie

Regular readers of this nonsense will probably be of the opinion that the author is passed it and no longer up for a “big day” in the hills.  You’re mostly right, but today Jazz and I fought back with a 10 hour walk to climb Carn a' Chlamein – a Munro in Glen Tilt.  My old Munros guidebook (pitifully unthumbed! – this would be number 13) still harks back to the day when you could drive up the glen: today we’d have to do it the proper way with a walk in from Blair Atholl and back out again for a grand total of 34km.  (I had discussed the modern alternative of cycling in with Jazz but there is no way she’d fit in my panniers, and running alongside is not something I dare suggest!) Continue reading

Glen Artney to Loch Earn

Kev and Jazz at foot of Ben VorlichRegular readers of this nonsense will know that planning is our watchword and so it will come as no surprise when we say that this little jaunt came to life one evening while perusing the OS map and helping along the Chilean wine industry while on holiday on Highland Perthshire.  I’d spotted a walking sign at the end of Glen Artney and by following the paths managed to get a nice linear walk over to Loch Earn.  Despite yesterday’s handbag-strap incident, the Missus was willing to do the car bit, and we were even joined by a friend (who we’ll call “Michael” for convenience): did no-one warn him? Continue reading

Ben Chonzie

Jazz waiting for lunch, Ben ChonzieIt’s been four months since we’ve been in Highland Perthshire, and that is clearly way too long: time for a long weekend and so the Crieff area got our tourist readies.  The Missus had a rush of blood to her head and offered to drop us off at the bottom of Ben Chonzie (with a silent “C”, Gaelic-fans) and pick us up at the end of the day: we jumped at the chance to bag another Munro.  So we headed up Glen Lednock to the car-park and as we did, the clouds dissipated to leave a clear blue sky and a beautiful morning.  As this web-site’s motto says: “Planning is all“. Continue reading

Munro Bagging at 50

Jazz heading for Beinn Ghlas

By adopting her great idea of the “Birthday Month”, I’d persuaded the Missus to let Jazz and I enjoy a bit of Munro-bagging while we were up in Highland Perthshire.  This isn’t something we do much and so we were looking forward to stepping up a gear for walking in mountains rather than our usual Southern Upland hills.  Clearly with terminal decrepitude only moments away we weren’t planning on doing anything silly and so Ben Lawers easily popped into mind.  The route has the advantage of starting way up the hill, has a great path, and yet is the 10th highest hill in Scotland which makes it sound impressive.   Continue reading

Carn Liath and Forest Lodge, Glen Tilt

Approach to Carn Liath from Loch Moraig

The missus and I have been going on holiday to Blair Atholl for over 20 years and every time we go up the Killiecrankie by-pass we see Carn Liath towering ahead of us and I say “I really must do that someday” and then never do.  Well, a bit of heavy rain gave me the chance.  The original plan was to walk from Blair Atholl through Glen Tilt to Deeside.  This was abandoned after I read I’d have to cross a ford that was dangerous with the river in spate: Carn Liath became the back-up plan. Continue reading