The quest to conquer further trig points continues. A new area to explore within Strachur.
4.5 miles, 2 hours.
Creagan an Eich, whilst not a giant at 326mts gives fantastic views over Strachur and Loch Fyne. Another small hill with big views.
Parking available at Clachan Beag housing and crossing the road taking Mill Road next to Fergusons yard starts the journey.
Mill road soon terminates joining a private road to the left that crosses the burn and continues through a gate. Once through the gate, a left turn is required.
A deer gate further ahead with a kissing gate provides further access and the use of the road to the communication masts.
A warning sign highlights the use of high volocity rifles!!!
Looking back, views over Strachur and onward to Loch Fyne are to be had.
Once the masts have been reached the remaining 0.7 miles are on open hillside. An ATV track gives enough guidance to the summit marked by a trig point via another deer gate. The views get better with elevation.
From the mast compound.
Open hill to deer gate.
Once through the gate (approx. 2/3 of the open hill section) the ATV track is still evident and pretty much leads to the trig point.
Unfortunately the mist was still present despite the sun trying to burn its way through, so no views from trig point ..this time!
Return was made via the ascent route after a 30 min stand off with the mist – it won. Certainly a hill to revisit, perhaps with the tent!
Interactive map HERE.
On a separate note, a walk through the woods to be explored and an ideal bothy project!
Beinn an Lochain,once listed as a Munro but demoted to Corbett status after additional surveys.
View over Loch Restil at start of ascent.
Views from the rocky trail that leads to the summit never disappoint, making the 1.5 mile ascent worth every step.
Parking available in the lay-by between Loch Restil and Butterbridge.
The start of the walk is over soft wet ground,however due to the recent dry spell conditions were favourable. Once the climb starts the soft ground gradually turns to a well defined rocky path that has been carved into the vegetation of the hillside. The ascent continues to the summit with very little in the way of level ground or drop in altitude.
A small and short lived scramble doesn’t pose a problem.
The well defined and easy to navigate path changes direction as it zig zags its way up the hill, climbing to the base of the final ascent. It is a steep walk and the rocky trail varies over the rugged terrain. There are numerous grassy outcrops giving access to additional vistas.
The views en route to the summit just get better and better.
An interactive Map with stats and additional pictures can be found by clicking HERE.