Winter Weekend – Ben Inverveigh and Meall Tairbh   10 comments

March brings along our annual winter gathering of old university friends. We’ve been holding this event for I think 14 years now and the numbers seem to be as strong as ever. 15 this time for the weekend but some of us were there early for an extra day. That extra day was looking a bad idea as the Friday morning was truly appalling. Heavy horizontal rain lashed the hotel and we sat over a lazy breakfast and morning watching the puddles get bigger. The forecast was for a possible improvement after lunch so we headed out on the off chance. As we parked up, the rain stopped and the first flashes of blue sky and sunshine appeared.

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We took a route I’d done a couple of years back up the small mountains behind the Bridge of Orchy Hotel. It makes a nice if rather soggy circuit for a half day.

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The wind was ferocious and in a couple of places hard to stand up. The views were pretty decent though and far better than anything we could have expected after the morning deluge.

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Views towards Rannoch Moor and Loch Tulla.

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THO enjoying the wild weather.

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And MM and Danish Matt hiding from the wind.

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Looking down on our hotel home for the weekend.

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As we neared the top of Ben Inverveigh we were caught in a wild and nasty rain storm. The rain was stinging my face as we walked and I nearly bailed and ran down. It seemed to last forever but was only a few minutes after which we were treated to some glorious vistas.

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Stob Ghabhar and the Blackmount.

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The happy band on the summit.

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Wild weather and storms all round.

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The twin munros of Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh.

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Further rain fell as we crossed the col to the second and higher peak of Meal Tairbh. As we reached the wild and exposed top and hunkered down out of the wind we had more fabulous stormy views.

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Doesn’t really tell just how windy it was here!

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Its a long and rather boggy walk down the ridge and we were hit by a pretty heavy rain shower. I love days like this. The wild weather makes you feel alive and the views when you get them are always so clear and so dramatic.

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From the embers of a poor morning we’d lit the fire of a really good afternoon in these little walked hills.

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The river views of the Allt Tolaghan at the end of the walk were the icing on the cake.

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A decent 8 mile circuit and the weekend off to a great start.

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10 responses to “Winter Weekend – Ben Inverveigh and Meall Tairbh

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  1. You and your friends are real troopers! But views like that are worth a little rain and wind.

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    • We are pretty keen lot and will normally head out in any weather as there are always plenty of smaller hills to climb when the weather is a bit wild. The weather was far better than the forecast led us to believe

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  2. Lovely. That touches on some of my planned route for the TGOC last year, if I hadn’t had to drop out due to the dreaded PF…….

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    • Its a fine part of Scotland that feels remote and wild despite the fact its close to the A82 and not that far from Glasgow. The dreaded PF indeed. I was walking with one of my mates the next day who was struggled with his foot, he described the symptoms and I instantly knew it was PF. I’ve pointed him at the various things I tried to fix mine, which luckily worked out for me. Is yours completely healed now or still giving you problems.

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  3. Interesting to see what the views are like from those two after our totally cloud immersed circuit of them a couple of years back. Forecast’s good for this weekend. Hope you’re able to enjoy it? (Sadly, I’m very busy ferrying combatants about).

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    beatingthebounds
    • That was my thought all afternoon. It was pretty wild and windy but some decent views as you can see. The long walk down the ridge was just as soggy as last time!
      Forecast I saw is that Saturday will be grey and dreary – cold front coming through but the second half of Saturday might be better. Planning a walk with the Hard Man up Snowdon via Crib Goch

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  4. Some cracking photos there. There is some fine walking to be had around the Bridge of Orchy and accessible by public transport too.

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    Brenda-Dawn Linney
  5. Many happy memories of 1980s camping trips around that area. 7th attempt to post a comment. Bob.

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    • No idea what’s going on with blog comments. Second time I’ve had to approve one of your comments recently, yet your comment on my most recent post came in no problem (at least I didn’t have to approve it anyway). I have the same problem with Blogger where I can’t post comments from my iPad anymore 😦
      We used to camp wild by the bridge near the Inveroran Hotel to come walking around here before we could afford the luxury of B&Bs and hotels.

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