Arran meet, 9-11 September

No less than six members made it all the way to Arran for the meet at Lochranza.  Good weather on Saturday tempted Marion, Peter and Ewen up the Mullach Buidhe ridge, the Graham in the north west of the island; photo below.

Michael and Cerian enjoyed three straight days of glorious weather on the hills, and took full advantage of the journey to Arran with trips up Schiehallion and Ben an Lochain on the mainland.  On Arran they went up North Goatfell and along the ridge to Goatfell; a very nice circuit in good conditions.

On the Sunday the weather was not so good, and Michael had a solo, wet walk over to Laggan and along the coast via Ossian’s cave and the Cock of Arran.  He did better than the rest of the party; Cerian decided to head over to the mainland and suffered a much delayed and stormy crossing to Tarbet, as the weather wouldn’t allow the ferry to berth at Claonaig.  The others toured the coffee shops and pubs of the island, then went for a walk in the late afternoon when the weather improved.

All agreed that it was well worth the long journey to Arran; we’ll be back!

Loch Maree meet, 20 August 2017

The hillwalking contingent took advantage of the same fine weather as the climbers, and headed west to climb Meall a’Ghiuthais, just past Kinlochewe.

A team of six enjoyed a restorative coffee in the excellent filling station cafe while waiting for the good weather to come through.  A pleasant day up this rocky hill with good views over Loch Maree to Slioch – see below – and the Torridon Munros, was followed by a drink in the Kinlochewe hotel before heading home.