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Glen Nevis Weekend

6-7 April 2024


The weather reports for the Fort William area over the weekend were very discouraging and it was no surprise that one or two members decided to drop out. Nevertheless, although there were high winds, even at sea level, we did not get any rain on our 5 hour walk up paths through the Forests of Glen Nevis. The route took us up to the bridge over Nevis Waterand our return took us past Polldubh Farm and the old cemetery.


Jane had taken her campervan up the road and met us for the journey back. So here is Bob, Sandy and Chris with Robert Brown and Alison in front of the group.


Setting out - Alison is in front


Plenty of water running off the hills




Saw these flowers as we settled down for a snack. We had no idea what they were.


We reached ther bridge and by then we had been rejoined by Jane and Bob.


Alison at Polldubh


Just before arriving at the old cemetery we spotted these odd structures and decided that they were perches for owls.


Owl perch


The return journey from the Bridge turned out to be more of an obstacle course. But we enjoyed it nonetheless, as you can see from the photo below.


Toward the end of our walk it began to get warmer with sunshine glimmering through the trees once in a while.


A pleasant surprise awaited us later in the afternoon when a cake, baked by Katy for Jane’s birthday was set on the table.


We had booked a table at the Glen Nevis Restaurant – just a short walk away from the hostel. Here we are about to tuck into our selections from the menu.



Some members had a more adventurous weekend than you might assume. On Thursday, Sandy climbed the Graham Creag a'Mhadaidh from Kinloch Rannoch.


Schiehallion and the Glen Lyon hills from the track up to the Graham


On Friday Sandy climbed the Graham Creag Dhubh in Glen Spean:


The summit Creag Dubh, looking across to the Grey Corries


Sandy reported that Alison climbed Sgor na h-Ulaidh on Thursday and a Corbett on Friday (which one is unknown). She now has only 3 Munros to complete the round.

Before returning home on Sunday, Chris climbed up Beinn laruin in Glen Roy – reporting that it was windy and very steep ground but with good views.


Finally, Bob and Jane headed off South on Sunday for a low level walk in Glen Duror on their way down to Port Appin where they got the ferry across to Lismore. They had a couple of days cycling and exploring Lismore, including an ascent of the highest point on the island, Barr Mor (all of 127m), with great views in all directions.


I enjoyed the WE tremendously and I was heartened to receive emails from everyone to say that they had enjoyed the trip as well.

 

Ben


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