Monday, 15 October 2018

Airds Hill


14 October 2018
 
Participants: Just me
Where: Airds Hill, 181m/594', P 158m, OS 49, NM 926 458
 
I had been at the MBA AGM and Committee meeting at Roybridge, the meeting finished early just as the sun came out after a couple of days of non-stop rain so I decided on a short diversion on the way home to climb Airds Hill, my first new Marilyn since June. I had avoided this one up to now as it was a tree covered horror, however, the forestry had cleared the lot and it was apparently not too bad even with a lot of brash lying around. I parked off the Appin road at the start of a good zigzag track up and this took me about 50% of the way up the hill. After that it was a case of following whatever logging tracks that I could find  although there were some grassy patches as well. It was wet underfoot after all the rain but the going was not too bad, I've seen much worse brash. Already the views were opening out and the atmosphere was very clear as it usually is after rain.  Looking down on Castle Stalker with the Glen Galmadale horseshoe in the background across Loch Linnhe.....
 
 
 A grassy patch as I neared the summit.....
 
 
For me, it was Castle Stalker that dominated the view, an amazing place to build a fortified house.....
 
 
There was a lot of brash lying about the summit area and it was impossible to pinpoint the highest point, it was not, however the trig which was at the western end of the summit area. Looking across the loch to the Kingairloch hills with the Glensanda super quarry on the left.....
 
 
You can see the trig in these pictures with the Isle of Lismore beyond and the hills of Mull beyond that.....

 


 As always in this sort of area, it is the seascapes and islands that draw my eye, however, Airds Hill is also a fine viewpoint for the hills to the west of Etive. Now that the forest is gone, I can recommend this hill for a short walk, better if there has been no rain of course!

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Knock Hill

6 October 2018
 
Participants: Just me
Where: Knock Hill, 364m/1194', P 112m, HuMP, OS 58, NT 053937
 
The weather had remained nice so I decided to take advantage and do another hill. I had passed and seen Knock Hill in Fife on many occasions but never ventured up, time to rectify that.....
 
 
No problems parking for this one, there is a large area of ground outside the Knockhill racing circuit and from there, a track goes all the way to the communication masts on the summit. Trials for a motor cycle event were taking place and the noise followed me all the way up the hill. There was a good view down on the circuit from the summit area though......
 
 
As I had expected, it was an excellent viewpoint. This is looking to the Ochil Hills with the Wallace Monument outside Stirling in the distance and on the horizon, just visible, Ben Lomond.....
 
 
The neighbouring HuMP to the west, Saline Hill looks much nicer- it doesn't have all the ariels and huts on top. One to do on another day........ 
 
 
As is the forested hill to the north, Wether Hill, now that I've seen that it is free of trees on top.....
 
 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Dunrod Hill

5 October 2018
 
Participants: Neil and Ben
Where: Dunrod Hill, 298m/978', P 81m, TuMP, OS 63, NS 240 726
 
Back to Clyde Muirshiel Country Park, but to the much nicer western part. The hills here are much nicer than the swampy variety further east and there is a good network of lochs and reservoirs. This is a view of Dunrod Hill across Loch Thom.....
 
 
I drove to Cornalees Bridge Information Centre where there is a big car park; the path to Dunrod Hill starts from the top of that. There was a style over the fence and I had wondered if Ben would manage to get over that but he was fine. The path up the hill gave me a choice, a very steep straight up or a zig-zag across the hillside, I chose the latter. Ben on the way up.....
 
 
There were sheep about so Ben was on his lead part of the time. Dunrod Hill is twin topped with only 1m of difference between the tops; we went to the higher top first, the one with the trig, The masts in the background are on Scroggy Bank, another TuMP which I plan to do from its north side.....
 
 
It was a fine viewpoint, Arran to the west, the hills of the Southern Highlands across the Clyde.....
 
 

 
We returned the same way but visited the minor top on the way. Ben at the cairn and being careful to keep me in sight.....
 
 
 
There is a fine view of the reservoirs from here.....
 
 
and to complete the day, I drove round the reservoirs, stopping a few times on the way. A very nice trip.