Beinn na Sroinne. May 2012

Date: Sunday 6th May 2012
Distance: 4km
Ascent: 450m

After Saturday’s lazy meandering we decided to push the bar lower and go for something very lazy. Had a long lie and then drove down from Fort William to park at a large parking area off the A85 at NN 246 287.

There is no real route info here – we walked up the hill to the summit. Kept off the steep ground by paralleling the forestry to hit the summit ridge at NN 241 296 before turning SW to the summit. An exhausting 2km and 450m of ascent.

Glen Lochay from ascent:

Snow showers across Glen Orchy:

The views from the summit were superb – Great view to Cruachan and Loch Awe. The hill is towered over by Ben Lui.

Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Inverveigh:

Snow shower:

Sat on the summit for a while. Unfortunately after 10mins we were in a snow shower, and 20 mins after that it was getting thicker so we regretfully headed downhill.

After 30m of descent however the snow suddenly started clearing so we returned to the summit to enjoy a 45 minute patch of blue sky and sun.

Lots of happy snapping. Although quite a low hill there was a lot on display. Local views of Lui and Cruachan dominate but you can also see the tops of the Paps of Jura and all the way up NE to Ben Alder and Ben Bheoil across Rannoch. Not bad for a 45 minute climb.

Loch Awe and Cruachan:

Snow-dusted Ben Lui:

Somewhat erratic conditions:

Ben Lui again:

More snow from Cruachan:

Beinn Bhuidhe:

Eventually, with another pair of showers encroaching on us we left the summit for the long trek back to the car. Down to the road in 40minutes.

The walking component of this only took about 1hr 20mins – with more than that spent on the summit. Certainly jumps straight into my list of shamefully easy viewpoints. If you’ve got more than 90 minutes spare and you’re driving by on a nice day I recommend this hill.

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