Date: Sunday 29th October 2017
Weather: Lovely sunny day.
A mixed weekend saw rather cloudy and very windy conditions shift to cooler and sunnier conditions on Sunday.
With the sunniest weather forecast for the Lomond NP and a plunge of cold air, we thought we’d see if we could manage some long distance views from Arrochar.
Parked up at the Succoth car park at 0800 (old money as we hadn’t changed our clocks, 0700 new money).
Got going sharpish, about 15 minutes pre-dawn. The Forestry Commission has done a lot of path work in Arrochar, the changes since our first visit in 2003 are substantial.
It’s a fine path most of the way to the Cobbler’s summit now.
The path repair up the “front” of the Cobbler has come on leaps and bounds. It’s now nicely constructed up to about 700m elevation.
Despite it being a lovely day, we were rather peeved at the air clarity. Yet another ascent with nice local views and rather hazy distant ones.
There was a large flock of fieldfares moving around the summit area. Their mad chuckles are a feature of October. They’ll soon settle down to their lower level winter feeding areas.
The well-built path ends abruptly at the fenceline across Bealach a Mhaim, the edge of the Forestry Commission estate. From there the ascent of Beinn Ime is rather soupy.
It’s a 400m ascent up Beinn Ime, good to get a bit more ascent for the day. Once near the summit area there are some nice views.
Sat on the lee side of the hill, out of what was a well-heralded rather chilly breeze. Had our lunch and enjoyed the view.
Had an unexpected, and very welcome, view of a juvenile Golden Eagle circling under us, over the bealach with Beinn Luibhean. Too far away for a good pic, but we got nice views through the binoculars:
We’d wondered about heading over Narnain too – but decided that we should simply bimble back direct.
Arrochar is always a bit of a culture shock for us. Being used to wandering on NW Highlands Corbetts and Grahams, and Hebridean hills and beaches, sharing the hill with hundreds of people is a little unsettling.
Still, a lovely day and truly lovely hills so everyone else had the same idea we had.
The car park was mobbed on our return. Took a little while to stand at the shore and listen to the Oystercatchers and curlews before getting in the car and heading home.
We still have that date with a decent air clarity day to attend to.