Walk Notes http://walknotes.smallpict.com/ Short notes on short walks near Glasgow, Scotland, photos mostly iPhone Sun, 17 Jul 2016 18:54:49 GMT Sun, 17 Jul 2016 18:54:50 GMT en-us Fargo v1.71 http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/rss/rss.html Johnjohnston@mac.com johnjohnston An Caisteal and Beinn a Chroin http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/08/15/anCaistealAndBeinnAChroin.html <p>First Munro for a while. Cloudy but warm, clouds mostly above munro height. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14935701851/" title="An Caisteal Cairn"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3917/14935701851_e4c33f8b0e.jpg" height="180" alt="An Caisteal Cairn"></a> </p> <p>In the Belach Bundie 4 ravens kept me entertained with a few acrobatics, croaking and making a popping sound I'd not heard before. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14938791525/" title="Ravens"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3871/14938791525_02e824d460.jpg" height="180" alt="Ravens"></a> </p> <p>Hills without end. <br> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14938428292/" title="Down to the bealach"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5568/14938428292_5e85dde17d.jpg" height="180" alt="Down to the bealach"></a> </p> <p>Trying a slowshutter iphone app shot. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14752124429/" title="Falloch, slow cam"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3902/14752124429_702d36e69d.jpg" height="135" alt="Falloch, slow cam"></a> </p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/sets/72157646115926137/">An Caisteal &amp; Beinn a Chroin - an album on Flickr</a> and <a href="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/81715/walks/16-08-2014-An-Caisteal-and-Beinn-a-Chroin.html">16-08-2014-An Caisteal and Beinn a Chroin</a>. A couple of other ways to tell a walk.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=https:%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fu%2F81715%2Fwalks%2F16-08-2014-An-Caisteal-and-Beinn-a-Chroin.kml&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=p&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=56.370318,-4.380046&amp;spn=0.025935,0.026999&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=https:%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fu%2F81715%2Fwalks%2F16-08-2014-An-Caisteal-and-Beinn-a-Chroin.kml&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=p&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=56.370318,-4.380046&amp;spn=0.025935,0.026999" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:53:12 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/08/15/anCaistealAndBeinnAChroin.html Loch Humphrey Morning http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/08/06/lochHumphreyMorning.html <p>Took a walk up to Loch Humphrey, pretty dull day and the forecast was for rain.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14870675683/" title="Meadowsweet #macro #macrolens"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5576/14870675683_b29323584b.jpg" height="240" alt="Meadowsweet #macro #macrolens"></a> </p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14843117055/" title="Heather #iphone #macro"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5569/14843117055_1d9c6d2d3b.jpg" height="240" alt="Heather #iphone #macro"></a> </p> <p>The heather on the moor was beginning to purple up nicely.</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14847739951/" title="Heather starting to purple up"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3847/14847739951_4a267fd05e.jpg" height="180" alt="Heather starting to purple up"></a> </p> <p>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.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:53:13 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/08/06/lochHumphreyMorning.html Ardinning Evening http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/07/16/ardinningEvening.html <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14505451477/" title=""><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3921/14505451477_ab06ca2870.jpg" alt=""></a> </p> <p>Warm evening, clouds treatened rain which never came to anything much. </p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14505236239/" title="Great Diving beetle"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3907/14505236239_693d060f31.jpg" alt="Great Diving beetle"></a> </p> <p>On the path beside Ardinning Loch nice Great Diving Beetle.</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14691605692/" title=""><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2922/14691605692_454287d327.jpg" alt=""></a> </p> <p>A nice big boletus mushroom growing among the birch trees. There was a time I would have picked this for dinner, Dorothy disuaded me.</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14688716531/" title=""><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5572/14688716531_a2649a3892.jpg" alt=""></a> </p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:44:46 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/07/16/ardinningEvening.html Brassie Beach http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/07/18/brassieBeach.html <p>Warm Overcast with an offshore breeze.</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14711769473/" title=""><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2898/14711769473_cdbd1f93b7.jpg" alt=""></a> </p> <p>Someone had been making a gallery of photos on the dune protection. </p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14505453917/" title=""><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5575/14505453917_f8471dac7c.jpg" alt=""></a> </p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14711767033/" title=""><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5591/14711767033_efc325bd39.jpg" alt=""></a> </p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:37:52 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/07/18/brassieBeach.html Kirkton Glen http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/06/29/kirktonGlen.html <p>Took a walk round this Loop with Dorothy today. Nice warm day, not much breeze. A few midge bites.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=https:%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fu%2F81715%2Fwalks%2F29-06-2014-Kirkton-Glen.kml&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=56.370318,-4.380046&amp;spn=0.025935,0.026999&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=https:%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fu%2F81715%2Fwalks%2F29-06-2014-Kirkton-Glen.kml&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=56.370318,-4.380046&amp;spn=0.025935,0.026999&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p> <p><object width="600" height="400"> <param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Ftroutcolor%2Fsets%2F72157645020035728%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Ftroutcolor%2Fsets%2F72157645020035728%2F&amp;set_id=72157645020035728&amp;jump_to="></param> <param name="movie" value="https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=143270"></param> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=143270" allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Ftroutcolor%2Fsets%2F72157645020035728%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Ftroutcolor%2Fsets%2F72157645020035728%2F&amp;set_id=72157645020035728&amp;jump_to=" width="400" height="300"></embed></object></p> <p><a href="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/81715/walks/29-06-2014-Kirkton-Glen.html">Kirkton Glen 2014-06-29</a> </p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:03:23 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/06/29/kirktonGlen.html Whangie http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/06/29/wangie.html <p>Took the first walk round the Whangie for a while yesterday.</p> <p>Mostly messing about with iPhone photos</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14535626494" title="IMG_3790 by John Johnston, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3852/14535626494_79a368e3e0_z.jpg" width="640" height="640" alt="IMG_3790"></a></p> <p>The rain moving across Loch Lomond with a bit of Camera+ Clarity</p> <p>THis one taken using the marco lens that Christine gave me:</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14514035656" title="IMG_3766 by John Johnston, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3853/14514035656_dc502706ab_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="IMG_3766"></a></p> <p>And some fisheye:</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14350550909" title="IMG_3767 by John Johnston, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5491/14350550909_05abb287aa_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="IMG_3767"></a></p> <p>And another macro:</p> <p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/14535681444" title="IMG_3768 by John Johnston, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5511/14535681444_1c2ac36fbf_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="IMG_3768"></a></p> <p>More photos: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/sets/72157645434573825">Wangie 28-06-2014 - an album on Flickr</a> </p> <p>Not too many folk about, a few larks singing, a couple of ravens over the car park.</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:52:47 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/06/29/wangie.html Glen Findlas 2014 http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/05/14/glenFindlas2014.html <p><iframe width="425" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://www.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fu%2F81715%2Fwalks%2FGlen-Findlas-April-2014.kml&amp;aq=&amp;sll=56.074335,-4.687901&amp;sspn=0.058059,0.144024&amp;t=p&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=56.074335,-4.687901&amp;spn=0.031906,0.081692&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://www.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fu%2F81715%2Fwalks%2FGlen-Findlas-April-2014.kml&amp;aq=&amp;sll=56.074335,-4.687901&amp;sspn=0.058059,0.144024&amp;t=p&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=56.074335,-4.687901&amp;spn=0.031906,0.081692" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p> <p>A bright clear day with a very light breeze. Lovely.</p> <p>Wildlife: frog spawn, tadpoles, buzzards, ravens, larks, kestrel, red deer</p> <p>Grass on hill tops still dead, flattened from winter snow. Not too wet underfoot.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:42:28 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2014/05/14/glenFindlas2014.html Ardinning Autumn http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/10/05/ardinningAutumn.html <p>Dorothy and I went round the Ardinning circuit on a nice autumn afternoon. </p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/10103432073/" title="Bracken by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5465/10103432073_8f53d93b66.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Bracken"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/10103375275/" title="Fly Agaric by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2872/10103375275_92000e0826.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Fly Agaric"></a></p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 20:21:19 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/10/05/ardinningAutumn.html Glen Findlas http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/09/29/glenFindlas.html <p>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.</p> <p>Went for a walk round the Glen Findlas loop.</p> <p>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. </p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/10001429446/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7415/10001429446_f4f8113708.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p>The cloud came over as I walked along the first top to </p> <p>After ..... it brightened up and the views were good if a bit hazy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/10001381344/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/10001381344_f8dc846155.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p>The bracken is beginning to turn orange and it will not be long until the trees drop their leaves. </p> <p>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:</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/10001415455/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3672/10001415455_ed145bd430_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Untitled"></a></p> <p>Going back down I started a couple of Red Deer hinds and saw about 20 more in the bracken below, leaving in single file.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/10001433184/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/10001433184_592b47655d.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Untitled"></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://www.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fs%2Fqof8p6nx7p0c74g%2FGlen-Findlas-sept-2013.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;sll=55.85546,-4.232459&amp;sspn=0.217368,0.616608&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=p&amp;ll=56.074335,-4.687901&amp;spn=0.033532,0.085831&amp;z=13&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://www.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fs%2Fqof8p6nx7p0c74g%2FGlen-Findlas-sept-2013.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;sll=55.85546,-4.232459&amp;sspn=0.217368,0.616608&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=p&amp;ll=56.074335,-4.687901&amp;spn=0.033532,0.085831&amp;z=13" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 15:46:48 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/09/29/glenFindlas.html Kelso to Roxburgh http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/09/19/kelsoToRoxburgh.html <p><iframe width="500" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://www.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fs%2Fqk44jzftai9zhg9%2FKelso.kml%3Ftoken_hash%3DAAGZPBN0QKe9SyKnFDloLEVNTG49SENokeIqREZl4NbUvA%26dl%3D1%26hgp%3D1234&amp;aq=&amp;sll=55.582771,-2.451778&amp;sspn=0.054722,0.147629&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=55.582808,-2.451839&amp;spn=0.03881,0.085659&amp;z=13&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://www.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fs%2Fqk44jzftai9zhg9%2FKelso.kml%3Ftoken_hash%3DAAGZPBN0QKe9SyKnFDloLEVNTG49SENokeIqREZl4NbUvA%26dl%3D1%26hgp%3D1234&amp;aq=&amp;sll=55.582771,-2.451778&amp;sspn=0.054722,0.147629&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=55.582808,-2.451839&amp;spn=0.03881,0.085659&amp;z=13" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:41:55 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/09/19/kelsoToRoxburgh.html Loch Humphrey and Duncolm http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/08/12/lochHumphreyAndDuncolm.html <p>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.</p> <p>The heather is pretty purple now:</p> <p><img src="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/jni5m351gbx5waj/loch_humphrey_12-12-131.jpg"></p> <p>And after a wee bit of rain it brightened up:</p> <p><img src="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/akoeaymc4cgtx3d/loch_humprey_12-12-132.jpg"></p> <p>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). </p> <p>On the way back down lots of Small Tortoiseshell butterflys on the </p> <p>thistles, a bit windy and only my phone with me, but I tried camera+ in </p> <p>burst mode and got lots of pictures like this:</p> <p><img src="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/wfc5p21y7e2vj2d/loch_humprey_12-12-133.jpg"></p> <p>Hard to focus as they bobbed up and down in the breeze.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fs%2F167c6vxfmh1n1nn%2FLoch-Humphrey-12-12-13.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;sll=55.85546,-4.232459&amp;sspn=0.315261,0.618668&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=p&amp;ll=55.948815,-4.461823&amp;spn=0.076895,0.171318&amp;z=12&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fs%2F167c6vxfmh1n1nn%2FLoch-Humphrey-12-12-13.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;sll=55.85546,-4.232459&amp;sspn=0.315261,0.618668&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=p&amp;ll=55.948815,-4.461823&amp;spn=0.076895,0.171318&amp;z=12" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p> <p>13km 3 hours 517 m of up.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:16:41 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/08/12/lochHumphreyAndDuncolm.html Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulachean http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/08/07/cruachArdrainAndBeinnTulachean.html <p>On Monday I returned to these hills for the first time this year.</p> <p>A cloudy start with some mist over the hills. </p> <p>This lifted to give some good views of the surrounding hills. Ben More popping in and out of the clouds all day. </p> <p>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.</p> <p>I walked along to Beinn Tulachean before going back to Ardrain, this gave the clouds time to lift and the view to improve.</p> <p>A pano from Beinn Tulachean:</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9461866874/" title="pano from Beinn Tulachean by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7317/9461866874_7e20075a5a_z.jpg" alt="pano from Beinn Tulachean" height="138" width="640"></a></p> <p>As I ate my lunch my phone made a stop motion video of the clouds drifting by Ben More:</p> <p><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400" height="225" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=109786" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000"> <param name="flashvars" value="intl_lang=en-us&amp;photo_secret=edc3498c87&amp;photo_id=9462046538"></param> <param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=109786"></param> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000"></param> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=109786" bgcolor="#000000" allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="intl_lang=en-us&amp;photo_secret=edc3498c87&amp;photo_id=9462046538" height="225" width="400"></embed></object> </p> <p>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.:</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9461870074/" title="Ben Lui from Cruach Ardrain by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7412/9461870074_04b0c2a22a_z.jpg" alt="Ben Lui from Cruach Ardrain" height="480" width="640"></a></p> <p>I'd only brough my phone so messed about a bit with panos, videos and a slowShutter view of the burn:</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9459082603/" title="Falloch - slowShutter by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7324/9459082603_ac3dbc1a3c.jpg" alt="Falloch - slowShutter" height="374" width="500"></a></p> <p>16.6km, 1455m of up took me 7 hours</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="500" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fs%2Fc5afl4eyp52xt8i%2FCrunch-ardran50-08-2013.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;aq=&amp;sll=55.85546,-4.232459&amp;sspn=0.315261,0.618668&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=56.360496,-4.603271&amp;spn=0.095095,0.171661&amp;z=12&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fs%2Fc5afl4eyp52xt8i%2FCrunch-ardran50-08-2013.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;aq=&amp;sll=55.85546,-4.232459&amp;sspn=0.315261,0.618668&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=56.360496,-4.603271&amp;spn=0.095095,0.171661&amp;z=12" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p> <p>A few<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/sets/72157634977517218/"> more photos on flickr.</a></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:57:57 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/08/07/cruachArdrainAndBeinnTulachean.html Brassie Beach http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/08/04/brassieBeach.html <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9439953544/" title="Brassie Beach by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7314/9439953544_6f7a50d57c.jpg" alt="Brassie Beach" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>Walked for a couple of miles towards Irvine and back to Brassie. Lovely day, not too hot, stiff breeze. </p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 21:38:01 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/08/04/brassieBeach.html Loch Oss and Ben Oss http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/28/lochOssAndBenOss.html <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9380099874/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7384/9380099874_3076a23e12.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>A ton of Scotch Argus butterflies on the first section of the walk, I <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9377320043/in/set-72157634820795732">didn't manage a good picture</a>. </p> <p>Lots of wild flowers through the grass and once I reached the moor the heather was purple, the cloud stayed low.</p> <p>By the time i reached the loch it was right down. </p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9380112770/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3717/9380112770_0acc1931fe.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>But I decided to head up to Ben Oss in the hope of it clearing, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9377330603/in/set-72157634820795732/">it didn't</a>. I headed back down to the loch, as I did so it started clearing.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9377328155/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5441/9377328155_15246f48a2.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>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. </p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/sets/72157634820795732/with/9380119510/">More photos on flickr</a></p> <iframe width="526" height="352" frameborder="0" src="http://files.slidemypics.com/app/js/iframe.html?bg_color=1f1f1f&amp;hash=bdb86d4cdb9157f45633b87da1217050&amp;r=0.15736319799907506"></iframe> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:28:41 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/28/lochOssAndBenOss.html Whangie Morning http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/21/whangieMorning.html <p>Quite quite in the beginning. A new notice has appeared: </p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9336651050/" title="IMG_1485 by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3787/9336651050_3beff2cf5b.jpg" alt="IMG_1485" height="352" width="500"></a></p> <p>I had thought we were going to get spruce and larch so this is a lot better.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9336758608/" title="IMG_4908 by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3743/9336758608_267c5e121a.jpg" alt="IMG_4908" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>Another blurry bird photo op. </p> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 16:38:53 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/21/whangieMorning.html Loch Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/17/lochOssAndBeinnDubhchraig.html <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9306631724/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2823/9306631724_d95f22604e_z.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="480" width="640"></a></p> <p>Casting about the internet at the weekend, looking for a walk I found this: </p> <p><a href="http://www.scotsman.com/news/walk-on-the-wild-side-across-moorland-to-loch-oss-1-758543">Walk on the Wild Side: Across moorland to Loch Oss</a> and decided to go for it yesterday instead of climbing a hill. </p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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. </p> <p>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. </p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9306636936/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5462/9306636936_809d6b6cc8_z.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="480" width="640"></a></p> <p>Rain and my thumbs meant I failed to get a good photo of the waterfall at the top of the run. </p> <p>The cattle tracks faded away and the sign of deer increased. Saw a group through the mist and rain as I reached the waterfall.</p> <p>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. </p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9303850387/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7402/9303850387_35ca71cd29_z.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="480" width="640"></a></p> <p>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. </p> <p>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.</p> <p>Headed up to Bealach Buidhe passing interesting tracks of large rocks that had <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9303853275/">tore down the hill</a>. Was rewarded at the top by more rain and complete cloud cover. Hard to see anything. It didn't take long to reach the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9303851549/">cairn at the top of Beinn Dubhchraig</a>. I then headed back down to the loch, near horizontal rain washing out any idea of walking along to Ben Oss.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9303852277/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5517/9303852277_d8afd62525_z.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="480" width="640"></a></p> <p>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:</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9306637458/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7320/9306637458_212cdba2bb.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="500" width="375"></a></p> <p>By this time I was slapping clegs like mad.</p> <p>18km with about 1030m of up. I hope to revisit this walk, a wonderful quiet day. </p> <p><iframe style="margin:auto" width="500" height="500" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fs%2Fdljzdm26ldyf4ff%2FLoch-OSS-16-07-13.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;aq=&amp;sll=55.861736,-3.970383&amp;sspn=0.079476,0.272598&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=56.372286,-4.726524&amp;spn=0.047533,0.085659&amp;z=13&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fs%2Fdljzdm26ldyf4ff%2FLoch-OSS-16-07-13.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;aq=&amp;sll=55.861736,-3.970383&amp;sspn=0.079476,0.272598&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=56.372286,-4.726524&amp;spn=0.047533,0.085659&amp;z=13" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:37:54 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/17/lochOssAndBeinnDubhchraig.html Benmore Gardens http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/15/benmoreGardens.html <p>Dorothy and I took a trip to these gardens today. The weather was bit cooler and cloudy.</p> <p>Gardens quite quiet, we had a walk round, lunch then another walk. </p> <p>Quite spectacular redwoods:</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9292827769/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/9292827769_21e06254ef_z.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="480" width="640"></a></p> <p>Plenty of exotic pine trees:</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9295625492/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3788/9295625492_9891beb067_z.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="480" width="640"></a></p> <p>More <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/sets/72157634656461420">photos on Flickr</a>.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:40:27 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/15/benmoreGardens.html Whangie Afternoon http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/14/whangieAfternoon.html <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9284341861/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7380/9284341861_e97eeb878d_z.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="480" width="640"></a></p> <p>Dorothy and I, a lovely day not quite as warm as it has been recently. Nice breeze.</p> <p>The path is finally dried out.</p> <p>Heather and thyme are purple and pink.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9287118640/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3704/9287118640_b49cc76677_z.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="481" width="640"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9287118014">Saw a couple of climbers</a> on the Whangie itself for the first time in a while. Used to be there was nearly always someone climbing on the rock.</p> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:53:13 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/14/whangieAfternoon.html Loch Katrine http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/09/lochKatrine.html <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9251977748/" title="Loch katrine pano by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5489/9251977748_89cedc7067_z.jpg" alt="Loch katrine pano" height="165" width="640"></a></p> <p>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. </p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9251955620/" title="Harebells by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5485/9251955620_e7f793978a.jpg" alt="Harebells" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>Saw a wee lizard scuttling across the road but not much other wildlife bar a couple of cheeky clegs, that bit my legs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9251984898/" title="Loch katrine by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3738/9251984898_ba85aa55e2.jpg" alt="Loch katrine" height="375" width="500"></a></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 22:04:00 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/09/lochKatrine.html Meall an Fhudair http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/07/meallAnFhudair.html <p>First time in a while to my favourite walk from last year. <a href="http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/meall-an-fhudair.shtml">Meall an Fhudair</a> is a Corbett. </p> <p>With Christine, a slightly cloudy start that cleared to a hot blue sky with a little haze.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9230432475/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/9230432475_6e195988a3.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>From Troisgeach there are great views of the Arrochar Alps to the south, the Ben Lui group of munros and the Crinlarach munros.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9230426995/" title="Ben Lui group of munros by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2874/9230426995_8bf0ecaff0.jpg" alt="Ben Lui group of munros" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>From Troisgeach you cross a fairly flat stretch of peat and wee lochans where we saw the first red deer of the day.</p> <p>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: </p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9233201984/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/9233201984_254f8e184f.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9233214930/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5517/9233214930_997ddaf17b_z.jpg" alt="Untitled" >&lt;="" a="" ><br="" height="480" width="640"><i> Ben Lui from between Meall Caora and Meall an Fhudair</i></a></p> <p>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. </p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9230439977/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3797/9230439977_9480acf87c.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="375" width="500"></a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9230456083/">the large pipe</a> there is a good track down to the start of the walk. Lots of large dragonflies hunting wee flies on the way. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/sets/72157634534058022/">More photos on Flickr</a></p> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 17:55:03 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/07/meallAnFhudair.html Brassie Beach http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/06/brassieBeach.html <p>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.</p> <p>This one taken with the slowshutter app:</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9223419269/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2866/9223419269_4d724b1126.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="374" width="500"></a></p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9223436041/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3752/9223436041_444bc0317d.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="121" width="500"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9223436973/" title="Brassie Beach by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/9223436973_26a8742afb.jpg" alt="Brassie Beach" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/sets/72157634512739857/">brassie beach - a set on Flickr</a> , a few more photos.</p> Sat, 06 Jul 2013 20:28:42 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/06/brassieBeach.html Ardinning Evening http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/05/ardinningEvening.html <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9219302094/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2847/9219302094_9bd652cc77.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>Lovely warm, for here, evening for a walk around the <a href="http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/loch-ardinning/">Loch Ardinning Nature Reserve</a>.</p> <p>The path that has been a swamp for the last few months is starting to dry out.</p> <p>The Balck Linn burn still had a fair bit of water in it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9219304402/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3829/9219304402_3a64e96318.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>Very quite evening, a roe was grazing in the reed near the lock, the smell of young bracken everywhere across the moor.</p> <p>At the end of the walk beside the loch again there were a fair few young frogs leaving the pond and crossing the path.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9216528149/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2867/9216528149_91f11a81e0.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="375" width="500"></a></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 21:25:49 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/05/ardinningEvening.html Glen Douglas http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/01/glenDouglas.html <p>Walk round the glen Douglas 'Trio' today, Beinn Bhreah, Ben Rioch and Tullich Hill</p> <p>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. </p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9182744883/" title="Red Deer by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/9182744883_d7b05d9c62.jpg" alt="Red Deer" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>I'd forgotten my camera and an iPhone is not the best wildlife at a distance camera.</p> <p>It began to clear up a bit after I got to the first top:</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9184964464/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7288/9184964464_e864c49a5d.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>Walked along to Rioch had some coffee and dipped down to climb up Tullich Hill. </p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9182752609/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5461/9182752609_fef132c338.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="108" width="500"></a></p> <p>Lunch at the top of Tullich while my phone made a wee timelaps video of the cobbler:</p> <p><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="500" height="281" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=109786" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000"> <param name="flashvars" value="intl_lang=en-us&amp;photo_secret=8ee11c7ac8&amp;photo_id=9182799993&amp;hd_default=false"></param> <param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=109786"></param> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000"></param> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=109786" bgcolor="#000000" allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="intl_lang=en-us&amp;photo_secret=8ee11c7ac8&amp;photo_id=9182799993&amp;hd_default=false" height="281" width="500"></embed></object> </p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9185347024/" title="Untitled by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2876/9185347024_c452f2f001.jpg" alt="Untitled" height="500" width="500"></a></p> <p>Grass filled with vole tunnels too, I nearly stepped on a couple of the wee beasts scooting along the tunnels.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en-GB&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fs%2F3aelsth3vuln30f%2FGlen-Douglas-01-07-13.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;aq=&amp;sll=55.85546,-4.232459&amp;sspn=0.315261,0.617294&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=p&amp;ll=56.1662,-4.727211&amp;spn=0.038231,0.085831&amp;z=13&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en-GB&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fs%2F3aelsth3vuln30f%2FGlen-Douglas-01-07-13.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;aq=&amp;sll=55.85546,-4.232459&amp;sspn=0.315261,0.617294&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=p&amp;ll=56.1662,-4.727211&amp;spn=0.038231,0.085831&amp;z=13" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p> <p>5 hours 20 minutes, 10 and a half km, 1012m of up.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:42:12 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/07/01/glenDouglas.html Loch Venachar http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/06/30/lochVenachar.html <p>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.</p> <p>Plenty of fox gloves and other flora to peer at.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9175651717/" title="White foxglove #walknote #flora by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3792/9175651717_a3462de9f2_m.jpg" alt="White foxglove #walknote #flora" >&lt;="" a="" >="" &lt;="" height="240" width="240" >&lt;=""></a><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9175638521/" title="Foxglove by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3815/9175638521_88251492d5_m.jpg" width="240" height="240" alt="Foxglove"////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////></a></p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9178016682/" title="23643892 by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3677/9178016682_eff4ea7c28.jpg" alt="23643892" height="375" width="500"></a></p> <p>About 7 and a half km</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fs%2F3lvqke6ejrq7hcj%2FLoch_Venachar.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;aq=&amp;sll=53.800651,-4.064941&amp;sspn=10.628163,19.753418&amp;t=p&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=56.215153,-4.290333&amp;spn=0.016705,0.042915&amp;z=14&amp;output=embed"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=https:%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fs%2F3lvqke6ejrq7hcj%2FLoch_Venachar.kml%3Fdl%3D1&amp;aq=&amp;sll=53.800651,-4.064941&amp;sspn=10.628163,19.753418&amp;t=p&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=56.215153,-4.290333&amp;spn=0.016705,0.042915&amp;z=14" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 19:23:15 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/06/30/lochVenachar.html Whangie Morning http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/06/29/whangieMorning.html <p>Dull and overcast, looked like it might rain but didn't. Dorothy and I took a short walk to the Whangie and back.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9166417966/" title="upload by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/9166417966_d4ed643b72.jpg" alt="upload" height="500" width="500"></a></p> <p>Pleasant walk lots of bog cotton and larks. Nice Woolly Bear on the path. </p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/troutcolor/9164203939/" title="#woolybear #walknote by troutcolor, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/9164203939_e7c6bd25b4.jpg" alt="#woolybear #walknote" height="500" width="500"></a></p> <p>Surprisingly quite for a Saturday morning.</p> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:46:53 GMT http://walknotes.smallpict.com/2013/06/29/whangieMorning.html