It was my intention today to head back to Cowal for an ascent of Beinn Mhor and Beinn Bheag. After driving circa 10 miles west, I did a u-turn and drove back east as I was leaving behind blue sky and heading into cloud. Instead I decided to ascend my final two Luss Grahams; Beinn Bhreac and Beinn Dubh.

For the ascent of Beinn Bhreac, I drove to Glen Douglas where I parked in the walker's car park, c.500m East of Invergroin.

Hills: Beinn Bhreac
Date: Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Company: Just myself
Distance: 5.4km, Ascent: 560m
Time: 2Hrs 25Mins


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From the walker's car park, I walked along the road towards Invergroin until reaching a signpost marking access to the hillside.

Initial ascent of Beinn Bhreac from Glen Douglas:


During the initial section of walk, there are three waymarkers pointing towards Beinn Bhreac. The waymarkers are there primarily to direct walkers away from the Invergroin property when descending the hill.

Waymarker:


Beinn Bhreac is often combined with Tullich Hill and Ben Reoch to make a circuit. Today, I would be ascending Beinn Bhreac only. I ascended Tullich Hill back in 2010.

Tullich Hill:


I followed an ATV track for much of the walk.

Beinn Bhreac:


Looking back towards Invergroin and Doune Hill:


As I progressed up the hill, I could see Ben Narnain and then also the Cobbler appear in the gap between Tullich Hill and Ben Reoch.

The Cobbler and Ben Narnain:


On reaching a height of 530m, I left the ATV track to head more directly for the summit. As I approached the summit, I was treated to fantastic views down to Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond from near the summit:


Approaching the summit of Beinn Bhreac:


On reaching the summit, as well as getting great views down to Loch Lomond, I also got great views of Ben Lomond directly across the water.

Loch Lomond (South) from the summit of Beinn Bhreac:


Loch Lomond (North) from the summit of Beinn Bhreac:


Loch Lomond from the summit of Beinn Bhreac:


Ben Lomond from the summit of Beinn Bhreac:


I returned to the car via mostly the same route, with the exception of avoiding a barbed-wire fence in descent by using a gate.

Descent back to Glen Douglas:


On reaching the car, I drove round to Glen Luss for an ascent of Beinn Dubh. I parked at the end of the public road.

Hills: Beinn Dubh
Date: Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Company: Just myself
Distance: 5.0km, Ascent: 505m
Time: 1Hr 50Mins


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The ascent of Beinn Dubh was very straight-forward; just a case of following a track from start to summit and back.

Initial ascent of Mid Hill from Glen Luss:


The eight Luss Grahams can be walked in various combinations. These are nice hills providing pretty-good views.

Luss hills:


Ascending Mid Hill:


The islands on Loch Lomond mark the Highland Boundary fault. It was nice to look across the Loch Lomond islands today towards Conic Hill. This brought back memories of looking across the Loch Lomond islands from Conic Hill towards the Luss Grahams.

Loch Lomond islands during ascent of Mid Hill:


During the ascent, I stopped to chat with a walker from Dumbarton who was making his way down the hill.

Approaching the top of Mid Hill:


Beinn Dubh from Mid Hill:


It didn't take long to reach the summit of Beinn Dubh. From the summit, after taking some photos, I returned via the same route.

At the summit of Beinn Dubh:


View from the summit of Beinn Dubh:


View during descent of Mid Hill:


Both Beinn Bhreac and Beinn Dubh are short, straight-forward hills providing excellent views for minimal effort. I will definitely be back to do Beinn Bhreac again, perhaps at sunrise or sunset. Beinn Bhreac's summit is an outstanding viewpoint.