12th of June, 2010 – Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers

The Ben Lawers group can be tackled in various permutations either as a whole or in small batches and this being my fourth visit to the area, it is a wonder that I have still not done all seven (one remains) of the Munros it is comprised of. My second time on Ben Lawers itself but this time in quite different conditions to that of the first, and from a different side too.

The route we took starts at the NTS visitor centre then goes through a section of hillside which is fenced off to keep out sheep and deer and it is amazing to see the effect their absence has on the fauna, much more growing above ankle height and much more variety in what is growing than on the adjacent hillside. I’m not sure how long this area has been enclosed for but it is amazing to the difference made in what must be a relatively short time.

From here, Beinn Ghlas was our first hill of the day, with a short drop and bigger climb up to its neighbour, Ben Lawers, then back to the low point and a traverse of the north flank of Beinn Ghlas to the top of the enclosed area and back to start.

A nice short walk for an afternoon with good views despite the grey skies above us.

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