Date: Saturday/Sunday 8th-9th May 2010
Distance: 22.6km +12km
Ascent: 1200m +400m
A reasonable forecast for the weekend, if a bit breezy on the tops. Was considering options for lower level camping – previous discussions about Glen Kinglass and its oak woods had piqued my interest.
The original plan had been to take the train from Taynuilt to Loch Awe and walk over Lairig Doirean to Meall Garbh, down to Glen Kinglass and then over Beinn nan Lus, camping in the glen before the Loch Etive walk-out.
For various reasons we couldn’t make the 0830 train so we decided on an out and back from Taynuilt to Beinn na Lus.
Parked at the Forestry commission car park at NN 027 319 – it is possible to drive about 1km further although signage asks you not to.
Lovely day – sunny and warm, with a cooling northerly breeze.
The track along Loch Etive was apparently a public road until the Forestry Commission bought the land for forestry and closed it. It’s in good nick and has great views – for cyclists this would be a dream. The views up Loch Etive to Trilleachan, Bidean and BEB are brilliant.
Like the Kinloch Hour to Barrisdale track the road goes over a number of headlands so it accumulates ascent of about 400m along its length. It drops to Glen Noe, Inverliver and Ardmaddy. The area remains active despite the lack of public roads. There are fish farms and all 3 farms are active and inhabited.
We wandered slowly up the glen, stopping for a long lunch on some rocks at the footbridge NN 095 367.
About 200m west of here we noticed a little shack/hut – shelter for anglers I think. The riverside had a lovely flat grassy area here – perfect pitch in the absence of anglers. Left the tent and camp gear hidden near here and carried on to Beinn nan Lus.
Turned uphill at Narrachan Bothy. There are tracks through the mixed woods to the hillside.
The summit is a bit jumbly with a few lochans. Would have made an interesting pitch site.
Cold in the northerly breeze though.
Got back to the tent –noticed a lot of ticks around in the woods.
Woke at 0600 but it seemed a bit grey so went back to sleep til 0915.
Relaxed breakfast – the absence of midge is a blessed thing.
A slow wander back enjoying the spring flowers on show.
Have to say the 2 aspects of the walk – Loch Etive and Glen Kinglass were both a delight. The views from the Etive road in particular are stunning. Will consider a winter return to this.
Might do that walk over from Loch Awe sometime too.