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Programme of June Walks

Date 2018

Grade

Title and Description

Saturday

2nd

June

B

Rannoch Station to Kingshouse Hotel

A linear cross country route with big views across Rannoch Moor to the Black Mount and Glencoe hills.

Terrain: Only middle section of 4km is a rudimentary path following pylons over rough ground which is crossed by several streams. Last 5km is along estate road from Black Corries to Kingshouse.

Distance: 19 km, duration 6 hrs, total ascent 300 m to max. ht. 360 m.

Start point: Park in Bridge of Orchy Hotel car park. Catch 10:48 Fort William train to Rannoch Station. Return from Kingshouse to Bridge of Orchy on 17:44 City Link Bus. Train and bus fares required.

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 45 miles / 1hr 15 mins

OS Maps Landranger 50 (42/41) / Explorer 377 (385/384), Grid ref: NN 297395.

0900 HRS DEPARTURE FROM HELENSBURGH PIER

Sunday

10th

June

C

Milngavie Circular

Starting at the West Highland Way obelisk, the walk is a mixture of walking along streets and tracks in green spaces including Lennox Park, Craigdhu Wedge, Kilmardinny Loch, West Highland Way and Allander Park.

Terrain: Tarmac and tracks with a bit of mud.

Distance: 11 km, duration 4 hrs, total ascent negligible to max. ht. 85m.

Start point: Car Park 1st left after Ellangowan Road. No charge.

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 20 miles / 45mins

OS Map Landranger 64 / Explorer 342/348, Grid ref: NS 554744.

It is emphasised that A grade walks are strenuous and should only be attempted by those with high standards of fitness and stamina and who are also properly equipped and clothed for the conditions.

Leaders will quite properly turn away those who do not meet these standards as they could create difficulties or danger for other members of the group.

Sunday

17th

June

A

Beinn Ime from Inveruglas

A slightly different take on an old favourite. Departing from Inveruglas we follow the Loch Sloy/Glen Loin Loop tracks beyond Ben Vane to the forest boundary. Leaving the track, we head generally North West to the bealach at Lag Uaine then climb West South West to the higher bealach of Glas Bhealach. From here we make the steep ascent direct to the summit of Beinn Ime. The return is via Bealach a'Mhaim and the Gleann Leacann Sheilach forest track to re-join the Glen Loin Loop/Loch Sloy track back to Inveruglas.

Terrain: Initially tarmac and graded track to forest boundary, then rough pathless hillside. Steep ascent from Lag Uaine to summit. Apart from one small section, the descent is mainly path, track and tarmac.

Distance: 18 km, duration 8 hrs, total ascent 1070 m to max. ht. 1011 m.

Start point: Inveruglas Car Park A82. 1 parking fee required.

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 25 miles / 45 mins

OS Map Landranger 56 / Explorer 364 / OL39, Grid ref: NN 323099.

0900 HRS DEPARTURE FROM HELENSBURGH PIER

Saturday

23rd

June

B  

Sron a Chlachain & the head of Loch Tay

Follow the path behind the village hall to Fingals Stone. From there it is a steep steady climb to the summit of the hill and great views of Loch Tay. Cross a short stretch of rough ground to reach the path down into Glen Lochay and Moirlanich Longhouse. On the return pass Finlarig Castle and the head of Loch Tay.

Terrain: Steep climb up Sron a Chlachain. Short section of rough open hillside. Wet and muddy grassy paths and tarmac.

Distance: 11km, duration 5 hrs, total ascent 470m to max ht. 521m.

Start point: McLaren Hall car park, Killin.

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 49 miles / 1hr 10mins

OS Map Landranger 51 / Explorer 378 / OL48, Grid ref: NN 573331.

It is emphasised that A grade walks are strenuous and should only be attempted by those with high standards of fitness and stamina and who are also properly equipped and clothed for the conditions.

Leaders will quite properly turn away those who do not meet these standards as they could create difficulties or danger for other members of the group.

Sunday

24th

June

A+

Ben Lomond North East Ridge

Follow path to Comer. From Comer Farm, up ridge to the top, back to where tourist route turns south. We go East to forest and fire brake to circle back to Stronmacnair.

Terrain: Good path to Comer. Then open hill. Good path on walk out from end of forest brake. WALK WILL ONLY BE UNDERTAKEN IN GOOD WEATHER

Distance: 16 km, duration 8 hrs, total ascent 974m to max. ht 974m.

Start point: Water works road at Loch Chon, parking by the start of the Loch.

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 34 miles / 1hr 30 mins

OS Map Landranger 56, Explorer 365 / OL46, Grid ref: NN 433036

0900 HRS DEPARTURE FROM HELENSBURGH PIER

Saturday

30th

June

B+ at an easy pace

Ben Donich

An easy pace walk from the carpark to the summit and return by the same route.

Terrain: Good paths with a little, easy scrambling.

Distance: 7 km, duration 5 hrs, total ascent 720 m to max. ht. 847 m.

Start point: Carpark on south side of B828, Lochgoilhead road, about 400m from Rest and be Thankful.

Distance / time from Helensburgh: 21 miles / 35 mins

OS Map Landranger 56 / Explorer 364/OL39, Grid ref: NN 228069.

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