Despite gloomy forecasts, Sunday turned out to be a great day for the hill; sunny, very little wind and no rain until after dark. Nine members answered the call and set out from Eileanach Lodge at the head of Glen Glass, to the north of the Ben – as it’s known locally.
We followed a new hydro road up the east side of the massif; Peter and Marion climbed Meall na Drochaide and returned via Loch Glass. Michael, Robin and Ewen followed the rough track to the Leacann Bhreac ridge and Glas Leathad Beag to the east.
Arthur and Shona did something similar but starting from the Loch Glass side, with the addition of Tom a’Choinnich, the top to the west. They met with the other three on the ridge, and had a sociable lunch while admiring the amazing views out to the Caithness, Sutherland, Ross-shire, Inverness-shire and Morayshire hills; Wyvis is the only big hill on the east coast of Scotland, and is pretty much in the middle of the Highlands.
The prize for effort goes to Masoud and Dougie, who did all of the above and the main top of Ben Wyvis as well, covering a total of 31km and getting back to the cars well after dark.
We all marvelled at the fantastical pink palace near the end of Loch Glass; finally wind and watertight after decades uncompleted, but still a void inside. The day was finished off by a visit to the Novar Arms in Evanton for a drink and an exchange of big hill stories.