Getting Your Priorities Right!

From the summit of Ben DonichLast Thursday I received an email from Irene, a member of our local mountaineering club Air na Creagan.  It said that a group from the club were heading up to Arrochar to walk Ben Donich.  Wow, this is a great little hill and I was desperate to get out.  With everything taking off at the studio this year I’ve really not been doing the walking I used to.  …But, I have too much on at the moment and so decided reluctantly that I couldn’t join them.   It was a shame because as I say, it’s a great little hill …not that I saw much of it the first time we went there, about four years ago.

Anita and I had organised the walk that day for the club and we were shocked to find a very high turn out …20 folk plus a dog. We were even more shocked to find the cloud base just above the height of the Rest and Be Thankful where we all met.  So then, that day 20 people plus a dog followed an almost blind man and his guide up a hill in thick cloud ….and they say I’m mad for walking hills in the first place!

The Cobbler from Ben Donich

When Anita and I went back to Ben Donich for our second visit, we were on our own and the weather was just perfect.  High white clouds in a bright blue sky.  The hill itself is a long sort of whale back of mainly grass and occasional crags.  As you gain height the views of the neighbouring hills Beinn an Lochain, The Cobbler, The Brack and Beinn Ime, get better and better.  Not too far from the top, there’s a wonderful tangle of rock where the ridge appears to be split and there’s a wee scramble down.  Finally at the summit, the views are huge and very fine.  I’m told you can see out over the firth of Clyde to Arran and Ailsa Craig …it’s quite a spot on a good day.

So then, having missed the walk with Irene, by Sunday …well, I couldn’t stand it any longer …we dropped everything and rushed for a hill!   We went over to the Ochil Hills, a small but prominent range that lie not far from Stirling.  We had a grand little day wandering the grassy tops of Ben Ever, Ben Cleuch, and Ben Buck.  And it’s amazing what a day on the hills can do, I felt invigorated and I’ve had a great couple of days painting this week.

In the Ochil Hills

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One Response to “Getting Your Priorities Right!”

  1. John says:

    Absolutely stunning photos – can´t wait to see the resulting artworks!

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