I parked at the start of the track leading between Ben Clach and Meall
a' Choire Riabhaich. During the walk I saw four male Black Grouse flying
Unfortunately, Ben Clach was capped in cloud throughout the walk. Owing to
the hill being covered in cloud and the fairly appalling underfoot
conditions of this hill, the ascent and descent was not wonderful. On the plus side, I could not see the nearby windfarm.
Clach capped in cloud:
back along track to van:
suspect Ben Clach is named after the hundreds of erratic boulders located on
the hillside. I believe a 'clach' is a stone or boulder.
Ascending Ben Clach:
reaching a height of circa 400m, I was into the cloud. I got Viewranger out
to find my way to the featureless summit in order to waste as little time as
possible wandering about on the hill.
Into the clag:
summit area was very wet with numerous bog pools. There is no feature at the
summit, not even a stone. To those who say there is no such thing as a dull
hill, try doing this one in the mist
wander around the boggy summit area to ensure visiting the high point:
summit I returned via approximately the same route but took a slight detour
at one point to get close to a line of erratics.
Erratics passed in
It was a
relief to get back to the car and get my hill clothes off as I suspected the
chance of ticks was high owing to ploughing through lots of long grass.
Looking back to Ben Clach:
Subsequent to the hillwalk I drove to Doune and Dunblane and en-route
spotted a sign for Red Kites. I visited the hide and was fortunate to see
four Red Kites circling above. I definitely need a longer lens!