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.
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.
Fully interactive Map with additional pictures and stats click HERE
Just for fun……..