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The Munros above Loch an Daimh

4 February 2018
Guided day hiking Meall Buidhe and Stuchd and Lochain above Loch an Daimh. Emma O'Shea was leading....

We had a group hiking on the two Munros that overlook Loch an Daimh, near the head of Glen Lyon, deep in the Perthshire hills. Stunning conditions with vast views.

A promising forecast improved to give us one of the best days of the winter so far. We left the road near Loch Diamh just after 8.30am and headed towards Meall Buidhe. We were soon trail breaking through the snow with an ever expanding view opening up before us, with no wind, and blue skies, it was warm work climbing up the relatively gentle slopes of Meall Buidhe. Looking across Rannoch Moor to the Black Mount and Glencoe with the Mamores and Ben Nevis to the north-west really was magnificent. It took us 2 hours to reach the summit and we enjoyed a well earned rest and lots of photographs before retracing our steps back to the loch.

Lunch sitting in the warm early February sunshine was enjoyed near the road and then we headed underneath the dam for the much steeper climb onto Stuchd an Lochain. The gradient of the climb with fresh snow on the ground made for a tough ascent and we were rewarded with the warm sunshine once we gained the ridge, and of course more incredible views. Glen Lyon looked particularly impressive with a clear contrast visible between the glen and the mountains above the snow-line (we'd been on the Glen Lyon hills yesterday and the conditions were challenging to say the least !). It was a relatively gentle ridge walk to the summit, and some more memorable views before we re-traced our steps back to the dam, having some fun snow slides on the way down the mountain.

"A belter of a day yesterday thanks to Emma for such an outstanding adventure. Best downhill experience of my hiking experience so far. If only all hills were that much fun to get down." - from Eileen who took part on the day.

Photos were taken by Johnston Orr and more are here on Flickr.

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