Having completed a trip a while back to check on access options to the hillside, today was the day!
Parking at the Forestry Commissions car park at Ardentinny beach, a climb through the woods on a well defined path joins the top forestry road.
Following the upper road, it continues to climb away from the distant shore, always choosing the left hand side at any junction. The road contours round the hillside till the power lines cross above – time for the open hill.
From the road looking uphill there are 4 pylons visible, between 3 and 4 the shoulder marks the left turn,taking to the shoulder of the hill.
Once past the first two pylons, to help negotiate the fence line there’s a gate to the right hand side. From here an easier approach to the shoulder between 3 and 4.
The views down Loch Long towards the Clyde open up.
Even in the wintry conditions, a hill track was distinguishable eventually turning to an ATV track. The snow made progress slow, however in favourable conditions this would be a more enjoyable walk. Two rises eventually bring the trig point into view, the vistas getting better and better.
The two rises
Looking back down Loch Long
Snow drifts and the trig
Loch Long and Loch Goil.
360 view from the summit.
Interactive map with photos and stats available by clicking HERE.
Buachailean Trig,Toward. Overlooking Bute towards Arran.
Trigpoints are the common name for “triangulation pillars”. These are concrete pillars, about 4′ tall, which were used by the Ordnance Survey in order to determine the exact shape of the country. They are generally located on the highest bit of ground in the area, so that there is a direct line of sight from one to the next. By sitting a theodolite (an accurate protractor built into a telescope) on the top of the pillar, accurate angles between pairs of nearby trigpoints could be measured. This process is called “triangulation”.
Trig points are another place worth visiting. Most giving great views,not quite sure on the exact amount of the ‘Pillar’ type there are in the area, but the figure must be close to 40,varying in build material and condition.
Trig Points vary in elevation, some easier to access than others but that adds to the challenge. Indicated on OS maps by a small blue triangle with a central dot, they are everywhere!
Having previously reported many Trigs on walkhighlands reports, I guess I’ll need to revisit the local ones to record in the blog format.
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I haven’t visited Beinn Mhor since October last year whilst on a walk with Cowalfest.
Route and pictures HERE
Instead if carrying onto the ridge this time, once the summit was reached I headed back following the ascent route.
A winter wonderland 👍
A morning trip to Buachalean,Toward.Taking advantage of the clear dry mornings,an early start so i could get back for work.
Leaving from the FCS car park at Ardyne,turning right once on the first trail and following it as it passes over an overgrown forestry road. Looking back the view over towards Bute already opening up. Continuing straight up the trail ingnoring any others that lead off,soon joins a forestry road. A left turn is required then a right turn leaving the road for an ATV track. The ATV track is defined and soon follows a wall to the base of the hill. A hole in the wall leads to a track that leads straight up the hillside to the summit. The views to the South over Bute and Arran make the trip well worth it.
On the return, a visit to the Chinese Ponds is a must. Situated on the left once descending from the top forestry road.
An interactive map with pictures and stats is available by clicking HERE
Summit 360 degree video
A trip to an area I’ve never visited before, the hills above Glendaruel/Srtathlachlan. Initially my plan was to visit the Lochain but with some extra time on my hands I decided to go for the trig point as well.
Setting off from the forestry road at Garbhallt, joining an atv track and finally onto the open hill where you can choose your own route. A fence line on the open hill aids navigation over the tussock strewn landscape. Once the trig was checked off the list, it was time to head for the Lochain. Not before taking in the views over to the Paps of Jura. Unsure of how to approach the Lochain it was a case of heading to the highest vantage point to check for access. Couldn’t see much on the way of access so headed for a burn that showed on the OS map, a wise choice as the clearing at the burn lead straight to the Lochain.
The Lochain was stunning, lying low, surrounded by the hills, hardly a breath of wind. The OS map indicated there was a boat house, however only a few bits of corrugated iron remain. One I’d circumnavigated the Lochain I headed back via the access route and back down to join the ATV track.
To the Trig.
To the Lochain.
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Just for fun……..
Decided to try something different,a bike followed by a hike to get to this trig point.
Parking at Glenbranter at the FCS car park, I headed off on the bike for the forestry road section. I’d found an ATV track by chance when descending from Beinn Bheag a good while back, so relocating this track for access to the hill was the next step. Remarkably I found the track, as if I was there yesterday, just as I remembered. The track too steep to cycle up, I pushed the bike the point of the washed out burn crossing then walked the remainder and onto the open hill. There’s a couple of splits in the track, two lefts and a right gets you onto the hill. The second left hand track was unknown to me as my descent on last trip came from the right, but the choice paid off.
The track took me out at the base of the hill, leaving a short and steep ascent to the trig, far easier than I thought it’d be.
Stunning views were to be had, snow covered hills and mountains all around, along with partial views over Loch Eck.
I remember seeing a mast at the top of this hill many years ago, but it had vanished and I never thought anything about it…….until I reached the summit. The control station still exists along with the dismantled mast, the internals of the station stripped out…..a good wee place to hide in extreme weather! Even if there’s no door.
After a wee wander about the tops I returned on the same route, picking up a frosty bike for the downhill return. I’m no mountain biker, mostly forestry roads but I enjoyed hanging of the back of the bike on the track section!! The forestry road hardly took a turn of the pedals to get back to the car, the quickest descent I’ve ever done!!!
Time saving and energy saving……it’s the future!!!! 😉
FCS Glenbranter office
Turning left on to top road
Summit on left
Abandoned bike here
Follow track on right
Grassy way,between rocks
First sight of Trig
Old mast station
Lego man,gettin a picture
Loch Eck,Loch Long and beyond
Frozen bike on return
Interactive map and pictures HERE
Location map below.
Although I’ve walked this hill before , I thought I’d try it from a different approach. Setting off from the FCS car park at Inverchapel,following the red route to the view point then leaving the hardcore track for the open hillside.
I’m not going to lie……….the initial climb over the varied and steep terrain did have me taking a few picture opportunities ( breathers), my legs were paying the price of the constant climb. There is no path, so it’s pretty much do your own thing. I had an idea to follow fence lines but the steep rocky terrain put me off. I’d plotted a rough route,dodging the larger rocky outcrops,so that’s the route I took. Looking on a map and seeing what’s actually on the ground are two different things!! Zig-zagging up the hill I eventually got to the section where I could see the summit,the walk from here is quite straight forward. There are a number of old iron fence posts that guide you to the summit.
On the return, I decided to head out onto some of the outcrops to gain some great views over Loch Eck and the surrounding hills. I also decided to follow the fence line that took me back the the gate,mid hill. Thankfully I never took this route on the way up as the boulder strewn hill was not ideal walking terrain, especially with a dusting of snow. Some voids could take your leg !!
Despite the constant climb,it was a great way to do this hill. A great view was always had,more so with the hills topped with snow.
Below are all my pics (almost 100),I couldn’t bare to miss any out…………….well there is that dodgy ‘selfie’!!! Feel free to print it and it’ll keep the kids away from the fire !!
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