25th of September, 2010 – Beinn a’ Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich

A stunning day up on the hills and the first for what seemed like a while. We set off later than is usual for a hill walk and were apparently last to head up our chosen route, taking in the two hills of Beinn a’ Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich. Not last off though, and we were still down in good light despite it being close to the day the clocks fall back.

Clear blue skies with just the odd cloud above throughout the walk and great views in all directions; over the hills of the Cruachan group and beyond out to sea, down in to Glen Kinglas and through it to Rannoch Moor in the distance, over Loch Etive and the Starav group and beyond these hills to Glen Coe’s own peaks. Even Ben Nevis was visible between others closer to us. In the other direction, the hills at Crianlarich and Arrochar were identifiable with a bit of guess-work too.

On our way in to and up Beinn a’ Chochuill, a pair of buzzards were soaring above us on the thermals and slowly going from one corrie to another before heading out of sight, our other wildlife experience for the day was stags calling their hinds in the glens below a definite sign of the autumn having arrived.

There was a nice light on the hills as we, and the sun, started each of our descents for the day with the ridges of the Cruachan hills just highlighted and no more whilst the sides facing us were darkly silhouetted. Lots of nice browns and greens of various intensities contrasted against the bright blue of the sky and various water bodies scattered about.

Within the approach glen there are lots of vehicle tracks, some clearly in use by the local farm but others, newer, seem to be for who-knows-what with no obvious destination. There is still some development activity obviously going on and heavy machinery about so perhaps a grand scheme of some sort is taking shape, hydro schemes? There is certainly a high concentration of bulldozed ground in a small and scenic area, something that is depressingly on the rise.

All in, probably one of the best ‘hill’ days of the year.


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