Date: Sat 31st March 2012
The area around Benderloch and Appin is a favourite of ours. The combination of long lochs, sea views and dramatic hills is an alluring one.
We’d previously combined the Grahams Beinn Bhreac and Beinn Molurgainn with the Corbett Creach Bheinn – a much-enjoyed walk. This left the much-anticipated combination of Beinn Duirinnis and Beinn Mheadhonach.
Parked up at a large parking area at the start of the right of way along the west shore of Loch Etive (NN 011 333).
The right of way weaves through the quarrying. Signage was mildly confusing but in essence a path cuts off left from the employee car park 100m in and then weaves around the works.
One of the aspects of spring that always seems most welcome is the explosion of sound and scent. Winter trips can often be fairly well recorded in photos – spring is beyond the camera with a tableau of sound and smell.
We headed due west from just before the cottage at Craig – the first 100m is through some oak woods. This is fine in March but with dead ferns everwhere this would be harder in summer. Broke above the thin wood band to ascend the east ridge of Beinn Duirinnis:
Felt quite slow in the hot sun, increasing cool breeze with height restored our oomph.
Arrived at the summit and had a decent break – a cracking viewpoint, although the views of the lower loch Etive were a bit blocked by outlying areas to the W.
Descended to cross a gate at NN 020 353 at the Lairig Duirinnis and then ascended following the river to the bealach between Beinn Phlacaig and Beinn Mheadhonach.
I was surprised to be able to identify quite a few of the Cowal Hills – our week earlier in the month had been educational.
Started being scolded by Golden Plovers from here. Getting the avian equivalent of dog’s abuse from these birds over kilometres of upland walking wasn’t missed.
Dropped back down crossing a few farm gates to reach the road at Blarcreen Bridge. From there a 2.5km walk along the quiet road headed back to the car.
To be honest – if we’d simply sat on the loch side at Rubha Creige all day I’d have enjoyed it. The hills were great value too.