I'm afraid the Club will have to organise another outing to Glen Lyon to complete our Munro tally there – the day was extremely hot and we didn't manage to accomplish what we set out to do - though we did go round the loch! We ticked off Stuchd an Lochain (Munro) – a very pleasant hill walk with fine views of the lochan in the coire below - and Sron a Choire Chnapanich (Corbett). The latter was a killer in the heat and it was a relief to rest in the sunshine on the top and refuel.
We then trotted down the side of the hill and crossed more peat hags: Dave had an unpleasant encounter with a peaty patch that was not as firm as it looked – squelch! It was quite a slog up the valley towards Meall Buidhe (another Corbett) - the surroundings were lovely – lots of wildflowers, including the rare Dwarf Cornel (picture below), and a few birds - but it was very hot and becoming oppressive.
Time was getting on and dark clouds were gathering so we agreed not to go for the top and instead went up the opposite ridge – I’m not sure what this actually saved us in terms of effort - before heading diagonally across the hill towards the Eas Daimh. Here we saw large numbers of deer. There was another uphill slog once we crossed the river to take us back onto higher ground and then we walked some distance along the side of Meall Cruin before deciding that we would have to leave the second Munro for another day (it still looked very distant and energy and enthusiasm were waning).
We followed a burbling burn down towards the loch. From here we had fine views of Stuchd an Lochain from a different angle.
The last few kilometres along the loch on a hard track were painful - it seemed to take ages to get any closer to the dam. Pretty wildflowers on the roadside did little to distract us. Towards the end of the walk the track took us back uphill before we were able to peel off downhill to the cars!
According to the information I fed into our computer we covered 23km and climbed 1673 metres: that’s 5,500 feet in old money! Tally, one Munro, one top and one Corbett (was that all?) It was tough going in the heat.
The views from the tops we reached were superb – there were still some patches of snow, but nothing like what there was a month before, and even Ben Nevis showed its head for a while. The Blackmount peaks and Rannoch Moor were stunning and looking back down the glen the Lawers group filled the view.
Back at the cars we had just changed our footwear when the clouds finally broke and torrential rain chased us down the road. The drive back over the single track road by Lochan-na Lairige was not as pretty as the outward journey.
Nonetheless, a fine day out – and we will all recover.