Glen Kinglass

I have now seen Glen Kinglass in all seasons and this was my third trip into the area this year alone. Though very cold, and with the first snows of this coming winter on the higher tops, autumn was definitely still evident. We had chosen this walk with the aim of hopefully hearing, and perhaps seeing, the deer rut taking place.

A single deer we passed on the way in didn’t hang about, hopping easily over a fence and disappearing into a forestry plantation. I had hoped the corries and slopes surrounding Loch Dochard, our destination, would allow the noise of any roaring stags to be directed towards us, but none were heard there. We lingered awhile anyway for lunch and to enjoy the great views and seasonal colouring on the hills and shoreline.

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On our return journey we had all but given up on the deer when we were amazed by a close encounter with a very chilled out stag who stood proud, posing even, despite our proximity on the path a few metres away – an unforgettable encounter.

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Previous visits: Spring, Summer (1), and (2) and Winter.

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