Thursday, 21 April 2011

Silver DofE: Glen Orchy to Taynuilt- the long way round.

I have been having a great few days in the fantastic weather we are enjoying, and I kicked off the heatwave with three days on foot in the West Highlands on a Silver Duke of Edinburgh training expedition with a brilliant group of young students from Wellington School, Ayr.

We set off on the first day of the exped after lunch, and up Glen Orchy towards the Bridge.  Although it was a grey day, we did get some views of Bein Udlaidh (above).

 The next morning was bright and warm for a long walk over the watershed and down Glen Kinglas. We started near the Clashgour hut, a historic building originally built at the start of the 2th century as a tiny school house, but taken over by Glasgow University Mountaineering Club in 1948.

Speirs Ltd were a Glasgow based firm of architects founded in the 1880s that specialised in prefab timber and metal buildings for remote areas. 

The Clashgour Hut

Mink or Pine Marten scat on the bridge by the hut. 

Loch Dochard- A lovely place for a stop in Glen Kinglas.

Not all the bridges were fully functioning.  This mellow walk would have been a bit different after rain!

On the third day, we walked out of the Glen and on to the shores of Loch Etive.  

We were treated to great views of Ben Cruachan on the way down the Loch. It was a beautiful day and perfect for a wander in to Taynuilt in time for lunch.

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