I drove down to Killin after work yesterday arriving just in time to take a photo of the Falls of Dochart before it got too dark.
The nichts are fair drawing in .

Falls of Dochart, Killin:


This morning I set out to ascend two easy Grahams near Killin: Creag Gharbh and Meall Buidhe. I parked circa 50m down the road from the start of the tarmac road leading to Breaclaich Dam.


Hill: Creag Gharbh
Date: Friday 10th October 2014
Company: Just myself
Distance: 13.2km, Ascent: 605m
Time: 3Hrs 10Mins


Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

It was a nice enough morning albeit it was only 5C. Winter is on its way.

I have some on-going injuries at the moment that I don't seem to be giving time to heal. My hip was giving me jip throughout the walk .

Looking towards Ben Lawers hills:


The tarmac road made for easy walking. It didn't take me long to reach the transmitter.

During the ascent I was passed by several 4x4s. Fortunately these were farmers heading out to round-up lots of sheep and not stalkers.

Below the transmitter:


Looking towards Creag Gharbh:


Breaclaich lochan and dam are nice. The water level today was really low.

Approaching the Breaclaich Dam:


Breaclaich Dam:


Lochan Breaclaich:


Lochan Breaclaich:


Beyond the dam the tarmac road changed to landrover track. I followed the landrover track until reaching the point where I was closest to the summit and then took to the hillside. The final section of ascent was fairly wet underfoot.

Looking back to Lochan Breaclaich during ascent of Creag Gharbh:


Approaching the summit trig point:


It didn't take long to reach the summit of Creag Gharbh. Views were fairly limited due to low cloud.

The remains of a bird were sitting atop the trig point. I assume a raptor decided to use the trig point as a dinner table.

At the summit of Creag Gharbh:


Looking down to Loch Tay:


Looking across to Meall nan Tarmachan (zoom):


After taking a few photos at the summit, I returned to the car via the same route. During the descent it was interesting to watch a number of border collies rounding up lots of sheep.

Horse and hills:


On reaching the car, I drove approximately five miles to reach the starting point for Meall Buidhe in Glen Ogle.


Hill: Meall Buidhe
Date: Friday 10th October 2014
Company: Just myself
Distance: 7.6km, Ascent: 430m
Time: 2Hrs 10Mins


Click here to see a map of the approximate route undertaken

The vehicle track leading to the transmitter was much better than expected. The track switchbacked numerous times.

Start of track leading to transmitter in Glen Ogle:


Track leading to transmitter:


During the ascent a helicopter flew along the glen.

Helicopter:


There are some impressive crags below the transmitter. I assume there are climbing routes on them.

Crags below transmitter:


Transmitter:


Beyond the transmitter the underfoot conditions were poor. It was wet underfoot and fairly rough-going.

Heading for Meall Buidhe:


Looking back towards transmitter and across to Ben More and Stob Binnein:


I was glad to reach the summit where I visited each of the cairns and all potential high points.

At the cairn near the summit of Meall Buidhe:


Looking across to Creag MacRanaich:


I then returned to the transmitter via roughly the same route and then continued down to the car.

Good to get a couple of new hills done.