First Munro for a while. Cloudy but warm, clouds mostly above munro height. An Caisteal Cairn

In the Belach Bundie 4 ravens kept me entertained with a few acrobatics, croaking and making a popping sound I'd not heard before. Ravens

Hills without end.
Down to the bealach

Trying a slowshutter iphone app shot. Falloch, slow cam

An Caisteal & Beinn a Chroin - an album on Flickr and 16-08-2014-An Caisteal and Beinn a Chroin. A couple of other ways to tell a walk.

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08/16/14; 09:53:12 PM

Took a walk up to Loch Humphrey, pretty dull day and the forecast was for rain.

Lots of flowers out and I took a couple of shots using the macro lens on the iPhone. The first of meadowsweet and the second of heather.

Meadowsweet #macro #macrolens

Heather #iphone #macro

The heather on the moor was beginning to purple up nicely.

Heather starting to purple up

Once I got to the loch the rain came on but not so hard I needed a jacket until I was half way to the car.

08/07/14; 08:53:13 PM

Warm Overcast with an offshore breeze.

Someone had been making a gallery of photos on the dune protection.

07/20/14; 03:37:52 PM

Warm evening, clouds treatened rain which never came to anything much.

Great Diving beetle

On the path beside Ardinning Loch nice Great Diving Beetle.

A nice big boletus mushroom growing among the birch trees. There was a time I would have picked this for dinner, Dorothy disuaded me.

07/20/14; 03:44:46 PM

Took a walk round this Loop with Dorothy today. Nice warm day, not much breeze. A few midge bites.

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Kirkton Glen 2014-06-29

06/29/14; 09:03:23 PM

Took the first walk round the Whangie for a while yesterday.

Mostly messing about with iPhone photos


The rain moving across Loch Lomond with a bit of Camera+ Clarity

THis one taken using the marco lens that Christine gave me:


And some fisheye:


And another macro:


More photos: Wangie 28-06-2014 - an album on Flickr

Not too many folk about, a few larks singing, a couple of ravens over the car park.

06/29/14; 08:52:47 PM

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A bright clear day with a very light breeze. Lovely.

Wildlife: frog spawn, tadpoles, buzzards, ravens, larks, kestrel, red deer

Grass on hill tops still dead, flattened from winter snow. Not too wet underfoot.

05/14/14; 07:42:28 PM

Dorothy and I went round the Ardinning circuit on a nice autumn afternoon.


Fly Agaric

10/05/13; 08:21:19 PM

This is the first time I've added a note for a while. I've had a quite a few walks since the last post and may try to backfill a few sometime.

Went for a walk round the Glen Findlas loop.

The weather was good, windy and bright. I walked up the track all the way to the reservoir going the opposite direction, clockwise, than my normal route.


The cloud came over as I walked along the first top to

After ..... it brightened up and the views were good if a bit hazy.


The bracken is beginning to turn orange and it will not be long until the trees drop their leaves.

Saw and heard a few Ravens in the distance, some enjoying the stiff breeze, climbing and diving. I was inspecting a grouse feather and some droppings when I heard a couple of birds behind me, later I put up a couple more grouse and got a quick photo:


Going back down I started a couple of Red Deer hinds and saw about 20 more in the bracken below, leaving in single file.


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09/29/13; 03:46:48 PM

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09/19/13; 09:41:55 PM

I was planning a longer walk today but the forcast was for a fair bit of cloud and rain so I took a walk to Duncolm past Loch Humphrey this morning.

The heather is pretty purple now:

And after a wee bit of rain it brightened up:

Quite quiet with only a few folk about, a sparrow hawk hunting through the trees lower down, some ravens and a dead shrew (they don't taste nice I believe so you see more dead shrews than voles and mice).

On the way back down lots of Small Tortoiseshell butterflys on the

thistles, a bit windy and only my phone with me, but I tried camera+ in

burst mode and got lots of pictures like this:

Hard to focus as they bobbed up and down in the breeze.

Had a chat with a forestery guy about the road being laid up by the edge of the forest and across the track at the lcoh. He said it was to do work on the power lines and would be coved up when they finished. The forestry do a good job of keeping this walk neat and tidy. The guy said they pick up rubbish every Monday.

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13km 3 hours 517 m of up.

08/12/13; 01:16:41 PM

On Monday I returned to these hills for the first time this year.

A cloudy start with some mist over the hills.

This lifted to give some good views of the surrounding hills. Ben More popping in and out of the clouds all day.

Fairly quite from the wildlife point of view, ravens croaking regularly but they kept their distance except for one that appeared from the cloud and got a fright. A family of ring ousels on the edge of Grey Heights. These are well named in the mist, with a steep side that the ousels hopped around.

I walked along to Beinn Tulachean before going back to Ardrain, this gave the clouds time to lift and the view to improve.

A pano from Beinn Tulachean:

pano from Beinn Tulachean

As I ate my lunch my phone made a stop motion video of the clouds drifting by Ben More:

By the afternoon it was warm enough to give me a bit of a burn and a great view of Ben Lui on the way down.:

Ben Lui from Cruach Ardrain

I'd only brough my phone so messed about a bit with panos, videos and a slowShutter view of the burn:

Falloch - slowShutter

16.6km, 1455m of up took me 7 hours

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A few more photos on flickr.

08/07/13; 08:57:57 PM

Brassie Beach

Walked for a couple of miles towards Irvine and back to Brassie. Lovely day, not too hot, stiff breeze.

08/04/13; 09:38:01 PM

Decided to wander in the same direction as a couple of weeks ago and head up to Loch Oss again, this time I'd go on to Ben Oss if I was feeling like it.

The weather promised good early and poorer later with a threat of thunder so I left early and started walking about 8am. It was very overcast and the clouds were low.


A ton of Scotch Argus butterflies on the first section of the walk, I didn't manage a good picture.

Lots of wild flowers through the grass and once I reached the moor the heather was purple, the cloud stayed low.

By the time i reached the loch it was right down.


But I decided to head up to Ben Oss in the hope of it clearing, it didn't. I headed back down to the loch, as I did so it started clearing.

As I got further and further down towards the car the clouds cleared and it became quite hot, the hills appeared behind me. If I had sat still on the top of an hour I would have had a great view.


As well as the butterflies I saw a fair bit of wildlife, deer, a couple of grouse, a family of snipe, ravens and hooded crows.

I also though I saw an eagle, fairly far off, it looked too heavy for a buzzard and didn't act like one, hugging the contours of a hill.

More photos on flickr

07/28/13; 11:28:41 AM

Quite quite in the beginning. A new notice has appeared:


I had thought we were going to get spruce and larch so this is a lot better.

Started walking in cloud with a pleasant cool breeze, sky clearing when we got back to the car and the day was hotting up. Lots of folk going up as we were going down. A few Ravens showed up, catching the updrafts, soaring and diving.


Another blurry bird photo op.

07/21/13; 04:38:53 PM


Casting about the internet at the weekend, looking for a walk I found this:

Walk on the Wild Side: Across moorland to Loch Oss and decided to go for it yesterday instead of climbing a hill.

The Day started dull and overcast in Glasgow, and stayed that way where I was walking, with the addition of some wind, rain and a ton of clegs. A great day.

The walk follows the Fionn Ghleann burn which changes its name a couple of times as it goes uphill. There is no path, at first I followed cattle tracks and then deer paths. I did not see one boot print on the way to the lock.

The first section is through long, and yesterday wet grass, my boots soaked with in the first 10 minutes and my shorts in the next. The Fionn Ghleann is a lovely burn, waterfalls, gullies through rock and open sections. Visibility was poor, the clouds were right down and it rained on and off.

After a few kilometers of wandering the Fionn Ghleann turns into the Sput Ban, a section rushing out of a waterfall and down a rock stretch.


Rain and my thumbs meant I failed to get a good photo of the waterfall at the top of the run.

The cattle tracks faded away and the sign of deer increased. Saw a group through the mist and rain as I reached the waterfall.

At the top of the Sput Ban the burn changes again into Allt Oss. The walk changes to moorland. By this time you should see Beinn Dubhchraig and Ben Oss, but I had no sight of them as the rain poured and the mist came right down.

You do not see the loch until you are right at it, the burn slows a bit and I saw a couple of wee trout darting about.


THis feels like a really secluded spot, quite except for the sound of water, the whole hillside seemed to be draining into the loch rather noisily.

As I arrive a wee bit earlier than I expected I though about a swim or a climb to Beinn Dubhchraig. The rain and cloud seemed to be lifting so I decided on the climb.

Headed up to Bealach Buidhe passing interesting tracks of large rocks that had tore down the hill. Was rewarded at the top by more rain and complete cloud cover. Hard to see anything. It didn't take long to reach the cairn at the top of Beinn Dubhchraig. I then headed back down to the loch, near horizontal rain washing out any idea of walking along to Ben Oss.


I then had lunch and head back down the burn. As I went down the day started to clear and about half an hour from the road Beinn Dubhchraig finally cleared:


By this time I was slapping clegs like mad.

18km with about 1030m of up. I hope to revisit this walk, a wonderful quiet day.

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07/17/13; 06:37:54 AM

Dorothy and I took a trip to these gardens today. The weather was bit cooler and cloudy.

Gardens quite quiet, we had a walk round, lunch then another walk.

Quite spectacular redwoods:


Plenty of exotic pine trees:


More photos on Flickr.

07/15/13; 08:40:27 PM


Dorothy and I, a lovely day not quite as warm as it has been recently. Nice breeze.

The path is finally dried out.

Heather and thyme are purple and pink.


Saw a couple of climbers on the Whangie itself for the first time in a while. Used to be there was nearly always someone climbing on the rock.

07/14/13; 06:53:13 PM

Loch katrine pano

Hot today, for Scotland, 25 deg C or so. Went for a late afternoon stroll at Stronachlachar. There is a metalled road round most of Loch Katrine easy going, we walked for about an hour and then back for a coffee at the pier.


Saw a wee lizard scuttling across the road but not much other wildlife bar a couple of cheeky clegs, that bit my legs.

Loch katrine

07/09/13; 10:04:00 PM

First time in a while to my favourite walk from last year. Meall an Fhudair is a Corbett.

With Christine, a slightly cloudy start that cleared to a hot blue sky with a little haze.

We headed up the track from Glen Falloch and then onto Troisgeach. A steady climb through damp and slightly boggy ground. The theme for today was frogs, they were all over the place.


From Troisgeach there are great views of the Arrochar Alps to the south, the Ben Lui group of munros and the Crinlarach munros.

Ben Lui group of munros

From Troisgeach you cross a fairly flat stretch of peat and wee lochans where we saw the first red deer of the day.

You don't usually find any antlers on the hills, the deer eat them as a source of calcium, but we found one out of reach under water:


Untitled<="" a="" > Ben Lui from between Meall Caora and Meall an Fhudair

We had lunch and enjoyed the view and a wee nap on Meall an Fhudair. From there we headed north for Gleann nan Caroann, putting up a mountain hare and a red grouse and seeing a lot more Deer.


From the large pipe there is a good track down to the start of the walk. Lots of large dragonflies hunting wee flies on the way. More photos on Flickr

07/07/13; 05:55:03 PM

A couple of hours walking along and back. Quite a warm day, bit of low thin cloud. Started off bright and clouded over a wee bit.

This one taken with the slowshutter app:


Suprisinging quite, we went to Troon for an ice cream and the beach there was packed. Hardly a soul along the brassie strand towards Irvine.


Brassie Beach

brassie beach - a set on Flickr , a few more photos.

07/06/13; 08:28:42 PM


Lovely warm, for here, evening for a walk around the Loch Ardinning Nature Reserve.

The path that has been a swamp for the last few months is starting to dry out.

The Balck Linn burn still had a fair bit of water in it.


Very quite evening, a roe was grazing in the reed near the lock, the smell of young bracken everywhere across the moor.

At the end of the walk beside the loch again there were a fair few young frogs leaving the pond and crossing the path.


07/05/13; 09:25:49 PM

Walk round the glen Douglas 'Trio' today, Beinn Bhreah, Ben Rioch and Tullich Hill

Started cloudy with a bit of drizzle as I squelched up Beinn Bhreah. cheered up by a few groups of Red Deer and a Raven croaking overhead.

Red Deer

I'd forgotten my camera and an iPhone is not the best wildlife at a distance camera.

It began to clear up a bit after I got to the first top:


Walked along to Rioch had some coffee and dipped down to climb up Tullich Hill.

One of the things I like about these hills is how quiet they are, I did not see another walker today, great view of the more glamorous Arrochar Alps too.


Lunch at the top of Tullich while my phone made a wee timelaps video of the cobbler:

Although these are just about highland hills they are covered with rough grass rather than heather. Lots of Bedstraw and Tormentil along with some pink and blue jobs. Some orchids on the wetter parts of Tullich.


Grass filled with vole tunnels too, I nearly stepped on a couple of the wee beasts scooting along the tunnels.

Back down to the road I noticed some new signage pointing to the hills. Selfish twinge that this might mean the walk is a bit busier in the future. Amazing that you can get so alone a short hour from glasgow.

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5 hours 20 minutes, 10 and a half km, 1012m of up.

07/01/13; 03:42:12 PM

Given the weather was drizzle and rain we waited until after 4 to start this walk. The forecast promised some sun in the evening. This didn't quite materialise but the rain stayed off.

Plenty of fox gloves and other flora to peer at.

White foxglove #walknote #flora<="" a="" >="" <="" height="240" width="240" ><="">Foxglove

By the time we were heading back to the car it had brightened a wee bit and the clouds had cleared from Ben Ledi across the loch.


About 7 and a half km

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06/30/13; 07:23:15 PM

Dull and overcast, looked like it might rain but didn't. Dorothy and I took a short walk to the Whangie and back.


Pleasant walk lots of bog cotton and larks. Nice Woolly Bear on the path.

#woolybear #walknote

Surprisingly quite for a Saturday morning.

06/29/13; 11:46:53 AM

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