Date: Sunday 14th October 2018
Saturday had been extremely soggy, we hadn’t bothered getting out. Sunday looked like an improving day with a sunny afternoon.
Didn’t rush – headed out of the house at 1100 and drove north. Decided to revisit Ben Venue, not too long a drive from Edinburgh.
Grey when we left Edinburgh the skies were getting bluer as we drove through the Trossachs.
Parked up in the Ben Venue car park, parking machine out of order. The path seemed to head out in a different direction than I remembered. It transpire the initial route of the waymarked path has changed, heading west to the Loch Katrine dam access road then across Achray Water on a footbridge before ascending a steep, well built path to the track into Gleann Riabhach.
The walk out through the harvested forestry isn’t the most inspiring environment, but the path is excellent. Had a good view of a Great Spotted Woodpecker on the dead wood on the way up.
A few minor rock bands punctuate the steeper uphill by the waterfall, gaining height a little more quickly.
Doesn’t take long to get to the bealach between Creag a Bhealaich and Ben Venue – headed a bit off path, had a seat and ate some lunch.
Headed on up to the summit, the last of the other walkers were heading down and we had the place to ourselves.
Over on the other summit we were entertained by a group of ravens flying around. Sometimes shining silver with the sun on their backs they were chasing this way and that. They came to inspect the summit as we hung around.
Considered hanging around til sunset, but their was a little more cloud than expected so headed back down the path.
Did get a view of a Red Deer mating high above us on the ridge – not seen that before.
With a good path it was just a wander back to the car in the gloaming. A nice wee wander.