Beinn a’ Ghlo

The weather forecast was promising so we needed a plan…the east looked best so we decided to head for Blair Atholl to do the three Munros on Beinn a’ Ghlo.  The only downside being that it meant a trip up my least favourite road in Scotland, the A9!  Eventually we arrived at the small (very busy!) car park just before 11am and set off for the eroded path up the first Munro, Carn Liath.

Carn Liath

Carn Liath

Surprisingly good progress found us on the summit at 12.30pm.  We then headed for Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and found ourselves on the second Munro at 2pm.

Looking towards Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain

Looking towards Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain

This was good even accounting for the fact that the car park had given us a 300m start!  So on to the third and final Munro Carn nan Gabhar including a “short cut” which turned out to be no such thing – Elaina sensibly stuck to the path – latest score…Ayrshire Tiger 0 Path 1!  Arrived on the summit at 3.10pm.  Now this was getting silly…three Munros in just over 4 hours…but we still had to get down, but it couldn’t take that long …could it?

Looking south from Carn nan Gabhar

Looking south from Carn nan Gabhar

Now we could have dropped back down to the beallach and skirted our way around Airgiod Bheinn, but we decided to go over this last top.  The ridge itself was fine but the descent off its southwest slope was tortuous and slowed our progress somewhat!  We eventually got to the bottom and picked up the track back to the car park, which included a comedy moment worthy of “You’ve Been Framed” when I decided to do a somersault and finished up stuck in a clump of heather unable to move!  As you would expect from a nurse, Elaina was very sympathetic to my plight and burst out laughing!  At least she didn’t have her camera to hand!

So eventually we arrived back at the car at 7.20pm, so that was 4 hours 10 minutes up and 4 hours 10 minutes down!  But for once we were not the last car in the car park!

A rare site indeed, another car in the car park at the end of the day!

A rare site indeed, another car in the car park at the end of the day!

Now I couldn’t fact the prospect of the A9 so we went back back across country via Aberfeldy, Killin and Crianlarich.  For some reason the car wouldn’t take a left turn at Crianlarich so we somehow finished up at the Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum!  😉

Absolutely cracking day made all the better on hearing the sporting news that the Tigers had scraped a win and the Aussies were well and truly on the ropes in the Ashes!

Edit to add a couple of photos takne by Elaina…

Summit of Carn nan Gabhar

Summit of Carn nan Gabhar

Looking towards Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain

Looking towards Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain

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8 Responses to “Beinn a’ Ghlo”

  1. ayrshiretiger Says:

    Could have been worse Sandy, at least you didn’t decide to go over Airgiod Bheinn!

  2. bletheringblonde Says:

    LOL BBF 🙂

    “As you would expect from a nurse, Elaina was very sympathetic to my plight and burst out laughing!”

    I have to defend myself here and say that I did ask if you were ok before I burst out laughing

  3. ayrshiretiger Says:

    Yes, that is indeed true!

  4. I can’t believe that she laughed at you AT, I would have aske if my good friend was okay and given you a hand up! I think it is completely out of order to laugh at people who fall over on the hills. It is about time these people started to take the hill seriously for once.

  5. bletheringblonde Says:

    Oi Bassnet, I did offer him a hand up and sympathy like I would anyone who fell over.

    I wiated til he was up and walking and I was ahead of him before I started laughing. At least I didnae get my camera out to capture him in full dying fly position which he held for at least 45 seconds 🙂

  6. You didn’t feel a slight push in the back before you went down did you AT? That Blonde will do anything to get to the front of the queue at the Real Food Cafe!

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