It’s been a long time since my last blog, I think it was Stuc a’Chroin. What with another lockdown and the winter, I started to lose touch with everything. I put on a fair bit of weight and became severely de-motivated to do anything. As the winter started to come to an end, I slowly regained motivation and went out walking most days with my new camera lens. I noticed the weight start to shift slowly (still got a long way to go) but I started to feel more like myself.
Anyway, fast forward to the 24th April and I had decided it was time to crack on and do my first Munro of the year and I couldn’t have chose a better day for it! I had made an attempt with Scoob at the start of April but we lost the path and ended up feet drenched so we just enjoyed a road trip instead. Originally I was planning on doing Beinn Narnain. However, the car park card machine wasn’t working and I didn’t fancy getting myself a ticket. So I decided to go for plan B which was Beinn Bhuidhe (yellow hill).
Category – Munro
Height – 948 metres (3,110 ft)
Location – Top of Glen Fyne
Difficulty Rating – 9/10
Approximate Timing – 6 – 9 hours
Pronunciation – Byn Voo-ee
Beinn Bhuidhe (yellow hill) is one of the Arrochar Alps Munros. I’ve already tackled majority of these, and now I only have Beinn Narnain left. Beinn Bhuidhe is located towards the end of Glen Fyne. To get to the starting point, head for Loch Lomond on the A811 to Balloch (You can also take the motorway to Dumbarton and head to Balloch that way). Drive right through Balloch, until you come to the round about and can join the A82. Follow the A82 for about 20 minutes until you arrive at Tarbet, then follow the A83 left towards Arrochar.
You’ll pass by where you would park for The Cobbler, Beinn Ime and Beinn Narnain. Keep following the A83 up through the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ pass. After about 15-20 minutes from Arrochar, you’ll come to Loch Fyne. As you cross a bridge over the River Fyne, take the small road to the right and the car park’s on your right. If you’re stuck, put “Fyne Ales” into your phone maps.
From the car park, head over another little bridge and then follow the road left. You then have around 7.5 kilometres (4.66 miles) to walk until you reach the base of the Munro. It is possible to cycle for a good section of this but I don’t have a bike. It’s a lovely walk to be fair, you pass by Fyne Ales then through farmlands where you can see Highland Cows, Deer and Sheep. I even caught sight of a couple of buzzards circling overhead in the early morning.
The further along you get, there’s less need for fences and as you pass over cattle grids, you walk right through a herd of Highland Cows. Continue on the path along the River Fyne, once you pass some houses, you’ll come to a cross roads where you can go right over a bridge or stay on the left of the river… stay left. From here, the road becomes less concrete and more of an off road track. It’s around here that there’s a gate to leave your bike to walk the last part. Don’t worry, there’s actually little things to chain your bike to.
Continue along that path until you see a cottage on your left. There is a gate just passed it, pass through it and you’ll see another gate on your left with a path leading along the fence. That’s where I began the ascent. There’s another path that’s more grassy but not as easy to follow a little bit further down. I thought it would be best to follow the better marked route to get myself up there.
As you follow the path into the gully, it’s not long before the incline increases drastically. This narrow path winds up constantly until you reach a a stretch of grass. I took my opportunity here to have a wee rest. Follow the path onwards and upwards and you’ll see a more mountainous landscape reveal itself. As you make your way up a section that involves some scrambling, you’ll start to see what looks like another mountain above the one your climbing. You guessed it, that’s where you’re heading. There’s a boggy part of the walk here and it’s quite easy to lose track of the path. Don’t worry too much, just make your way forwards, avoiding the marsh and you’ll come to an access road. There’s a small pile of rocks that indicate the path left, off the access track.
After this point, there is some more boggy ground but just head West North West towards the formidable looking craggy ridge. The path should reappear as you begin to make your way up a gully. This part is a bit steep but doesn’t present much difficulty. It’s quite quick to ascend. As you come out of the gully, there are some spectacular views all around. You can admire the views and catch your breath but you still have a wee bit to go. Follow the path to the left which runs along the ridge. Be careful, the path is very close to the edge and it’s a steep drop. From here the track isn’t overly strenuous and it isn’t long before you reach the summit. The summit is marked by a small cairn and the remaining poles from a trig point.
On a clear day, you can see all the way to Ben Nevis. I must have sat up there for about 45 minutes to an hour, just basking in the sun and enjoying the day. I soon remembered just how long I still had to go to get back to my car. The first part of the descent is going back the way you came. Then you have an option to continue back down the steep slope that you had ascended or continue left for an easier descent. I was chatting away to a guy that I had met and unknowingly took the left “path”. I use quotations because I wouldn’t exactly call it a path. It is an easier descent but it can be dangerous if you don’t watch where you’re stepping. If you follow this path correctly, you eventually end up back at the cottage.
However, as I reached the boggy section, I noticed I was close to the path I went up on. Instead of trying to navigate my way down the grass, I chose to follow the path again. It was tough at points, trying to scramble my way down. It reached the point I was just sitting down and hoping to slide down some rocks. I eventually reached the cottage again but at this point, I realised I hadn’t been appreciating the cool breeze all the way down. As I began to follow the road back to the car, the wind had stopped and the heat from the sun was beating down. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the heat but it was punishing!
I am absolutely delighted to have checked this one off the list. In hindsight, it probably shouldn’t have been my first one this year, could have been doing with being in a better physical shape but I got it done. It felt like it was one of the toughest I’ve done but I’m not sure if that’s because of the 7.5km to and from as well. I’d definitely recommend Beinn Bhuidhe to anyone looking for a bit of an enjoyable challenge. I’ve attached a few more photos from my adventure in a gallery below if you fancy a wee look!
Anyway, that’s all for now. I’ve recently added some new photos to my print collection, you can check it out on the Alan Kerr Photography page. Any support is greatly appreciated… and you get a print into the bargain! Also, I realise most of my blogs are about Munros, so I’m thinking of writing about other things that I get up to. Let me know in the comments below what you would like to hear about! I’ve been out with my new lens photographing wildlife, I’ve been on countless walks that didn’t include a Munro and I’ve just generally been exploring Scotland. So yeah, let me know below what else you’d like to read… and if you haven’t already, don’t forget to subscribe to my email list to get my blog posts straight to your email!
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