Loch Lomond Week 3rd – 10th February 2018

Eleven club members gathered in two six berth chalets for our annual snow week in Scotland.  This year we were based at Inveruglas on the shores of Loch Lomond and there was certainly plenty of the white stuff to go around.  The weather was mixed with some dull and damp conditions but there were also a number of fine blue sky days where a sun hat, sun tan lotion and sun glasses were appropriate.  Also three cheers to the Loch Lomond Holiday Park.  The electricity failed in one of our chalets so we were upgraded to a top of the range chalet with hot tub for most of the week.There was more than one optional walk each day as well as birdwatching and sightseeing to suit all tastes.  One group ascended to the very snowy 652m summit of Fairach near to Crianlarich.  From the summit there were even bigger snowy mountains as far as the eye could see – and no wind!  Another group on the same day tackled a much tougher trio of hills to the south, Tullich Hill 632m, Ben Reoch 661m and Beinn Bhreac 681m from Glen Douglas.  There was also a very nice linear walk through the Glen Loin forest on an overcast day as well as various sections of the West Highland Way and walks around Tyndrum completed.  Another linear walk was from Arrochar to Inveruglas over the very snowy Bealach a Mhaim 637m weaving a way between Beinn Narnain 926m, Beinn Ime 1011m and The Cobble 884m.The most adventurous ascent was of Ben Vane 916m but that deserves an article all of it’s own.  Thanks to everyone for making a success of the week and to all for taking a turn at cooking for their chalet.

Photograph of our members Nick, Helen, Martin and Eileen on the slopes of Fairach with Ben Lui in the background.

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