Balquhidder to Lochearnhead 16 April 2017

Starting by the church in Balquhidder, 24 club members set off northwards following a well maintained path up Kirkton Glen towards Locan an Eireannaich. Steady drizzle had most digging out waterproof trousers

Balquhidder church
Kirkton Glen

Just before the Lochan, one group of 11 split off heading east to the bealach between spot height 789 and Meall an Fhiodhain, while Colin and Gavin headed over further northeast towards Creag Mac Ranaich, only to rejoin the larger group for a while when the going was a bit more craggy than anticipated.

The remainder continued north on the path parallel to the Ledcharrie Burn. to then follow the disused railway and road to Glen Ogle Cottages, with some extending their walk further to Lochearnhead.

Pam, Lesley, Karen, Colin and Jim climb onto the ridge

Those choosing the high ground continued their path southeast to Meall an Fhiodhain and Carn Chreag. As we climbed, a scattering of snow became persistent inside the cloud cover with very large flakes forming as the snow swirled around in light winds.

Swirling Snow
Fence wire tensioner
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Continuing southeast the Corbett of Meall an t' Seallaidh was a suitable lunch stop, before descending east into Glen Kendrum to join the path south besides the Kendrum Burn , with the cloud finally breaking and the snow stopping as we came off the summit

Meall an t' Seallaidh summit
Glen Kendrum
Creag Mac Ranaich
Loch Earn looking east

The final walk in to Lochearnhead past the Scout Station remained dry as we enjoyed fine views over Loch Earn, followed by a welcome drink at the Clachan Cottage hotel, where the whole group regathered for the journey home

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