Footprints Across Scotland
Why not make a few of your own!
7th and 8th April 2007
This weekend was spent around the shores of Loch Tay and in the picturesque Glen Lyon with Stephan. Saturday we started in the tiny village of Milton of Ardtalnaig on the south shore of Loch Tay.
Ben Lawers across Loch Tay
A bright and lovely start to the day looked at one stage like it was going to change to cloudy but the sun won out and it stayed clear well into the evening. There were good, if hazy, views of the Ben Lawers mountains on the way up. Plenty of mountain hares near the top were easily spotted in their white winter coats. Got a few pictures of a Highland bull on the way down. I'm not sure if he was a bit shy but he was very reluctant to have his picture taken. I wasn't going to get too close as he had some serious looking horns on him. Found a campsite on the other side of Loch Tay just outside the village of Killin. After showering we fired up the gas stove and enjoyed some ready made Indian cuisine. Sunday was pretty cloudy with strong winds, although it didn't feel to cold at the campsite. After breakfast we headed up past the Ben Lawers visitor centre and dropped down into Glen Lyon and along the twisty windy single track road till we got to Loch Lyon. It probably took an hour to cover what was only about 25 miles. The walk took us down the side of Loch Lyon for about an hour then up steep grassy slopes to the first top. The water on the Loch was fairly getting whipped up by the wind but we were sheltered from it during the climb to the top of Meall Daill. A steady walk down the shoulder and across to Meall Buidhe took another hour and a half. There wasn't much shelter around the top so it was a case of donning every item of clothing so I could enjoy lunch without getting cold as the wind temperature had dropped a fair bit compared to the start of the walk. A steady stroll down got us back to the car about 5.30. From there it was an hours run into Aberfeldy for the customary end of weekend fish and chips and then onto Aberdeen.
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