Forfar & District
This page is not really a journal. It's an incomplete collection of some meet reports, some press reports and some notices, retrieved from early versions of the web site. It is by no means complete. There are huge gaps. See Newsletters for a complete record.
Thursday 27th December 2012 - Christmas Meet - Glen Clova
13 members attended. Bachnagairn, returned by the less familiar route of Sandy Hillock and Capel Mounth. Cold. Ice/snow. No wind, good views.
Sunday 11th November 2012 - Day Meet - Schiehallion (by a different route!)
10 attended. Cold day with significant wind chill on top.
Monday 5th November 2012 - Open Meeting and Quiz
19:30: Open meeting. Followed by annual quiz night. Teams will be drawn randomly on the night. The quiz master promises to provide a fair selection of questions - mainly photograph based.
Sunday 21st October Day Meet - Carn Mairg group, Glen Lyon
Meet is by shared car, leaving Myre car park at 07:00. Contact Ray or Carolyn to say you are coming.
Sunday 30th September 2012 - Ochils, followed by bar supper in Glendevon
For those of you who still have energy to spare after a busy September calendar, remember that there is a social meet this coming Sunday. We plan to go for a bar supper afterwards.The walk will take place in the Ochils. We will start from the A823 road north of Yetts o' Muckhart GR996033 and head west to Glenquey Reservoir and on to Whitewisp Hill and Tarmangie Hill before turning north to Scad Hill and Ben Shee, coming down at Glensherup reservoir. Total distance for this walk will be about 14km. We will need a car at either end to avoid a walk along the road. If the weather is not good, we can do a shorter walk on the north-east side of the road, heading north up Borland Glen. Afterwards we will go to the Tormaukin Hotel in Glendevon for a bar meal. Please let me know if you are coming so that I can book a table at the hotel. Meet at the Myre at 8.30. For those of you from the coastal towns, we can meet at Castlehill Reservoir on the A823 at 10 am.
Sunday 23rd September 2012 - Day Meet - Glen Artney – Stuc a Chroin, Ben Vorlich
11 attended. All climbed Ben Vorlich from the south-east ridge. 3 descended by the tourist route to the north and made their own own back to Comrie (via a lift). The remaining 8 climbed Stuc a Chroin and descended by the south ridge. They complete the 23k circuit in 9 hours. A few stopped for refreshments in the Royal Hotel, Comrie and then visited the chipper.
Saturday 15th September 2012 - Ray's last Munro - Ben Wyvis
A group of 21 (3 guests and 18 members) accompanied Ray on his last Munro. Two members had travelled up from Angus for the day, two from Inverness and one from his holiday home in Brora. It was a rather breezy day, but the cloud lifted in time to see Ray reach the top, allowing good views all around. Ray's wife, June, was there to congratulate him and give him a big hug. Clootie dumpling from Ray's mother in law and 4 different malt whiskies were served. Ray was presented with a tankard from the club, by the president, and a card which was specially made by Carolyn and Aileen. The traditional Munroist photograph was taken with the new munroist surrounded by 6 other munroists. Later the group staying at the Aultguish Inn (and the Brora holidaymaker) had a lovely meal, after which a speech was made by the president during which Ray was presented with a new hat. Then a special cake was presented to him, baked and decorated by Carolyn. See the photos (link below). Ray himself made a speech where he thanked the membership for their support today and over the years. He plans to explore.
Friday 7th - Sunday 9th September 2012 - Weekend Meet, Cannich
14 attended, staying in an excellent hostel at Bearnock. Groups out walking for 3 days in Strath Conon, Strath Farrar, Glen Affric, Glen Cannich, Glen Shiel.
Monday 3rd September 2012 - Fettercairn Distillery visit
Only 5 members turned up for this event. They were guided on a very interesting tour of the distillery.
Sunday 26th August - Social Meet - Auchtavan, Inver, Deeside.
10 members plus 1 guest attended on a perfect day, sunshine and excellent visibility. This was a relatively short walk on good tracks into a deserted highland farm hamlet. The day coincided with one of Auchtavan's open days and a local guide (Neil Bain) was present to give a guided tour of the cottage with the hingin' lum and the threshing mill. The Queen Mother's picnic cottage was also open. The group had their own picnic outside the cottage while admiring the splendid views to Lochnagar. No beer or chips - just an ice-cream from the Coop in Braemar.
Sunday 19th August 2012 - Day Meet - Loch Laggan
A bus - 13 attended. Two walks. Walk (1) - Aberarder - The Window - Creag Meagaidh
- Aberarder (via Puist Coire Ardair ridge)
Walk (2) - Aberarder Lodge, Carn Liath, Stob Poite Coire Ardair, The Window, Creag Meagaidh, Aberarder (via Puist Coire Ardair ridge).
Monday 13th August 2012 - Outdoor Meeting - Geo-caching
13 turned up on a rather dreich dark evening for a bit of fun round Forfar Loch trying to locate 4 geo-caches. All met up in the pub afterwards for a chat.
Monday 13th August 2012- Next Meeting - Geocaching
Geocaching round Forfar Meet in the Myre car park (usual place) at 19.30. Bring a GPS device if possible. Those with the following smart-phones, Apple i-Phone, any Android Phone or Windows Phone device that has a navigation App should also be able to use the phone. There will be a short course which we can follow. We may be able to walk. We may need cars. We will retire to the pub (Queen St. Tavern, if open) around 21:00 for refreshments and an unofficial meeting where any business can be discussed.
Monday 4th June 2012 - The Queen's jubilee beacon
22:15 Airlie Monument. Think that parking might be an issue so suggest gathering in Forfar and packing as many people into as few cars as possible. More details to follow.
Monday 4th June 2012 - Treasure Hunt Photos
Thanks Mel (and Sarah) for organising a great night out. See See some photos here More Photos required. Brian????
Monday 4th June 2012 - Outdoor Meeting - Treasure Hunt
Outdoor meeting, Forfar. The treasure hunt tomorrow starts at 7.30pm at the Greens car park and finishes there hopefully by 9.30pm, look out for me and my sister. If any teams can arrive earlier then it will give Mel a chance to set them off earlier and finish the event sharp. See rules here. You will need some change with you (10p, 20p) and a camera or camera phone. It helps to have at least 1 Forfarian in the car although it's not nescessary and perhaps couples should go in separate cars too .
Sunday 27th May 2012 Social Meet - Walk and Picnic in Glen Moy ( originally entitled "Hampers and Champers")
Carolyn and Aileen have volunteered to handle catering. Numbers are required for catering purposes, so please state if you are planning to attend.
From the chef... Sunday is more about the social aspect rather than a BIG day out. The weather looks promising so hopefully we will have a good turnout. The club is providing a buffet with drinks - hot and cold - at the lunch hut in Glenmoy which we have been given permission to use. It is probably a good plan to have a walk first to work up an appetite so please see map attached. Walk 3 is for those who just want to come for the food/drink/chat and takes less than 1hr. We will meet at 10:30 in the car park at Cortachy (OS GR 393597) see here and car share to the start of the walk. A loooong lie! It would be helpful to have an idea of numbers beforehand but do not worry if it has to be a last minute decision. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.
OOPS! I forgot to mention that there will be a small charge per head for the buffet. (£5.00) "No such thing as a free lunch!"
Carolyn. See map here giving 3 suggested walks and also showing the picnic hut. see map
LATE NEWS: The intenton is to eat at the hut 14:00 to 14:30 ish. Those on walk 3 should plan to leave at 12.30 to 13:00 ish from the top of the Glen Moy road. Those on walks 1/2 will leave from Cortachy at 10:30.
Monday 14th May 2012 - Outdoor Meeting - Annual Gird Race
At Market Muir car park, Forfar. 7.30pm. Linda Sinclair, our reigning champion will defend her title.
Friday 4th - Monday 7th May - Weekend Meet - Arran
Places still available. Staying at the National Trust for Scotland's base at Brodick Castle. There is no need to take a car to the island, unless you want to. Ferry, then bus or taxi the 3 miles to the bunkhouse. Local buses can be used to allow through walks.
Ferry times. Friday from Adrossan (crossing 55 mins) 12.30, 15:15, 18:00, 20:30. Cost 5-day return £10.75. Bikes free.
Bus (north) from ferry to brewery. Return ferries on Monday - 08:20, 11:05. 13:50, 16:40, 19:20. We can book a taxi to carry all food boxes etc to the bunkhouse.
Friday 23rd March - Sunday 25th March 2012 - Weekend Meet - Corran
At Corran bunkhouse - fully booked. Anyone else who plans to attend making their own accommodation arrangements, please get in touch with a committee member to arrange walk start-times.
March 2012 - Mountain Mind Quiz 2012 - Winners
The club's 1st team (Forfar A) of Brian, Carolyn and Graham won this year's annual quiz by a huge amount. Congratulations to Graham "the daffodil picker" Brown who ripped the rest of the teams apart on the "logo" round (aka "shopping" round). Full results, look here
Sunday 11th March 2012 - Day Meet -Glen Lyon to Loch Tay
Two alternative walks are planned.
(1) Invervar to Meall Garbh and then south-west to An Stuc, Ben Lawers, Beinn Ghlas and then down to the (now defunct) Visitor Centre. The distance for this walk is about 14 km. It may not be very long but there is a lot of climbing (about 1400m) and it will take between 7 & 8 hours.
(2) Following the same route to Meall Garbh, this route then goes east to Meall Greigh before descending to Loch Tay side at Fearnan. This walk is marginally longer at about 15 km but with about 300m less ascent. This walk will also take 7- 8 hours. Walkers opting for this walk will have to wait by the lochside (or in the hotel!) before being picked up by the bus on the return from the Visitor Centre.
The bus leaves the Myre car park at 7am. Please let Ray or Carolyn know by Friday if you are coming. This is particularly important this time as we have a bus booked.
Sunday 15th January 2012 - High Tea Meet - Glen Dye to Glen Esk
A crossing of the Eastern Mounth from Glen Dye to Glen Esk, taking in Clachnaben (589m) and Mount Battock (778m). The meet is by bus leaving from Sauchieburn Hotel. Luthermuir at 08:00. High tea will be taken at the Sauchieburn Hotel at 17:00. Please contact the Ray or Carolyn if you require a bus seat and/or are coming for high tea. If coming for high tea, please state your choice of main course by Wednesday 11th January. High Tea is £14 per head. For menu, see page 1 of latest newsletter look here.
Tuesday 3rd January 2012 - Festive Meet - Birnam Hill
This year the festive meets have a Shakespearian theme - “Fear not, till Birnam wood do come to Dunsinane”. Twelve (but only 2 of the witches) turned out for the 27th December meet from Collace to Dunsinane, then onto King's Seat in fine clear weather. Now we head further west for part 2, to Birnam Hill and the Obney Hills near Dunkeld. Departure time will be 09:00 from the Myre.
Sunday 10th January 2011 - Day Meet - Fungle Path
10 members attended (+8 others on other walks) + 8 for tea only
Ten members attended the Forfar and District Hill walking Club’s day meet on Sunday the 9th January for a through walk along the Fungle road from Aboyne to Tarfside in Glen Esk. The walkers started of Birsemore and walked south through the forest in snow showers before clearing with long spells of sunshine. Conditions were very slippery underfoot talking almost seven hours to complete the 20 km walk. Eight members decided on shorter walks in Glen Esk, six going to the Rocks of Solitude and two walking up Glen Mark to Queens Well. Eight other members joined the walkers at the Sauchieburn Hotel in Luthermuir for a delicious high tea. The club’s next Monday meeting will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on the 31st of January at 7.30pm, the meeting will be followed by the annual photographic competition, can all members please submit the entries to Colin by the 23rd of January. The next day meet will be on the 6th of February to the Ben Lui area, contact Ray or Carolyn to confirm your attendance.
Monday 3rd January 2011 - New Year Meet - Little Glenshee
11 members attended.
Little Glenshee lies about 12km west of Luncarty. The group travelled in 5 cars some very icy back roads to reach the starting point. Conditions underfoot varied from thick ice, to brick hard snow and deep heather. After spotting a red kite near the cars, a steep start led the group to the summit of Creag na Criche (a Marilyn - 456m) and then north and east along a snow filled track to Craig Gibbon (384m), where an unusal obelisk was found in the tres offering a supberb view. The route back dropped south then west via Loch Tullybelton. Total distance was about 12km.
Monday 27th December 2010 - Christmas Meet - Tentsmuir
3 members attended. The thaw had started overnight. Slushy roads, low cloud and rain. The three decided to visit Tentsmuir. Parked at the Morton Lochs and walked out to the seal colony, then southwards along the shoreline and then way back blocked by timber operations. Return by outward route. Total distance 14km. Time: 4 hours.
Sunday 12th December 2010 - Day Meet - Glenshee
5 members attended
The Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s day meet was to the Glenshee area on Sunday the 12th December. Starting from the car park at the Glenshee ski centre the group walked to the bottom of the ski tow before deciding crampons were required for the hard packed snow slopes leading to Meall Odhar and up to Glas Maol (1068 metres). After a brief stop to admire the snow cover hills it was on to Creag Leacach (987 metres) to find a sheltered spot for lunch. The return route was back along the boundary wall, skirting the west slopes of Glas Maol and back down to the car park. The route took 5 hours to complete.
There will be a Christmas meet on the 27th of December and a New Year meet on the 3rd of January, see the website for times and walk details. All members are reminded the high tea meet is on the 9th of January, contact Ray to book your meal. The clubs next Monday meeting will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on the 10th of January at 7.30pm.
Friday 19th - Sunday 21st November 2010 - Weekend Meet - Glenfinnan
9 members attended
Sunday 7th November 2010 - Day Meet - Glen Ample
13 members attended
Thirteen members attended the Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s meet on Sunday the 7th of November. The group set off from Loch Lubnaig on the right of way to Loch Earn in sunny but cold weather, after a couple of kilometres the path was left to climb steeply eastwardsto the summit of Ben Each giving excellent views, with neighbouring Ben Ledi and the distant Ben Lomond looking prominent with a covering of snow.The ground was frozen and a bit slippy in places.The undulating ridge was followed before dropping steeply to the col under Stuc a' Chroin.Two members descended from here, rejoining the right of way while the other eleven made for the summit of Stuc a' Chroin. With the weather closing in, any thoughts of continuing to Ben Vorlich were abandoned and the party followed the ridge down to Glen Ample. From there the party followed the path alongside the river to Loch Earn and the waiting bus.
The club's next Monday meeting will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on the 29th of November at 7.30pm, the meeting will be followed by a slide show on New Zealand by club member Brian Coull. The next outdoor meet is to Glen Turret on the 5th of December meeting at the Myre car park at 7am; contact Ray or Carolyn to confirm your attendance. There are still places for the weekend meet to Glenfinnan on the 19-21st of November; contact Steve to book your place.
Sunday 24th October 2010 - Social Meet - Mount Blair
12 members attended.
Cars left Forfar at 9am and met at the village hall at Kirkton of Glen Isla at 9.30am. The group then proceeded to Borland Farm near Blacklunans where a couple of routes via Coire Goibhre and Over Craig took them to the top of Mount Blair (744m). Some snow was encountered on top and the top proved to be a superb viewpoint of a clear and sunny day. Cold though, a biting cold north wind. Descent was by the Over Craig ridge.
Sunday 10th October 2010 - Day Meet - Linn o'Dee
5 members attended in two cars.
Bikes were taken to the Derry Lodge area. All 5 members climbed Carn a' Mhaim (1114m) then northwards up the ridge to Ben MacDui (1309m), where a temperature inversion was experienced. Three descended to Luibeg Bridge and the other 2 headed for Beinn Mheadhoin (1182m)
Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th - September 2010 : Social Gathering - Glen Clova
9 members attended (7 staying overnight, 2 in van and 5 in the hut)
The event took place at the Carn Dearg hut in Glen Clova, and started with a hotly contested game of French boules in the hut car park - winners Bob Railton and Rita Norrie. Then followed a sumptuous feast followed by a Yatzee game - winner Carolyn Smith. Much chat and drams followed into the wee hours in front of the fire. Late rise on Sunday. Walk up to Bachnagairn. Three eagles spotted at Juanjorge on the return trip. Good weekend.
Sunday 5th September 2010 - Day Meet - Monadhliaths
5 members attended
The Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s most recent monthly meet was to the Monadh Liath on Sunday the 5th of September. Starting from the car park in Glen Banchor the group followed the estate road on the east side of the Allt a’ Chaorainn to a small cairn, then leaving the road crossed a footbridge and climbed north-west to a stalkers hut before continuing up to the big cairn of A’ Chailleach (930 metres), after a brief stop the walkers headed North into the deep little glen of Allt Cuil na Caillich and up to Carn Slugain (920 metres). With the cloud down low and in windy conditions a fence line was followed past a series of minor tops and Cairns reaching Carn Ballach in sunshine for a spot of lunch behind small rocks out of the wind. The final part of the walk was over Carn Ban and up to Carn Dearg (945 metres), along the ridge before descending into Gleann Ballach and following the river Calder back out to the car park, the route took eight hours to complete covering a distance of 24 km.
The next social meet (open to guests and family members) is being held on Saturday 18th of September in Glen Clova, this will be followed by a BBQ and overnight stay in the Carn Dearg hut, contact Colin if you are attending to allow catering to be finalised. The club's next Monday meeting will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on the 4th of October at 7.30pm, the meeting will be followed by a slide show on New Zealand by club member Brian Coull. The next outdoor meet is to Linn o’ Dee on the 10th of October (bikes optional) meeting at the Myre car park at 7am; contact Ray or Carolyn to confirm your attendance. There are still places for the weekend meet to Dundonnell on the 24-26th of September; contact Steve to book your place.
Sunday 29th August 2010 - Social Meet - Glen Esk - The search for Balnamoon's Cave.
Four turned up at Edzell Muir car park, but it was decided to abandon the meet due to high winds and driving rain.
Sunday 15th August 2010 - Day Meet - Glen Lochay
7 members attended
The Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s August meet was to Glen Lochay on Sunday the 15th of August. They drove through very misty conditions virtually all the way to Killin until the sun broke through just as they turned into Glen Lochay. From the end of the public road, the group followed the track up the River Lochay as far as Batavaime before taking to the hills for the steep pull up Sron nan Eun. From there the gradient eased off before the final rocky ascent to the summit of Creag Mhor (1047 metres). On such a clear warm day, the group took time to admire the view, easily picking out landmarks such as Ben Nevis to the north and Ben Cruachan to the west. Descending north, frequent stops were made to refill water bottles. A final long stop had to be made at the col in the warm sunshine before the walkers could sum up the energy for the steep 500-metre climb up the southwest ridge of Beinn Heasgarnich. The most enjoyable part of the day, a one-and- a-half kilometre walk along the ridge to the summit cairn at 1076 metres followed this. A steep descent westwards and then south took the walkers down to a track, which led back to the car park almost ten hours after setting off. Sunday the 29th of August is the date for the next social walk to Glen Esk in search of Balnamoon's cave meeting at Edzell Muir car park at 9am. The club's next Monday meeting will be a walk to Airlie monument on the 30th of August check the website for more details. The next outdoor meet is to the Monadhliaths on the 5th of September meeting at the Myre car park at 7am; contact Carolyn to confirm your attendance. Members are reminded the weekend meet to Dundonnel is on the 24th-26th of September; contact Steve to book your place.
Sunday 4th July 2010 - Day Meet - Glen Lyon
4 members attended
Group travelled part-way to the destination. however very bad weather conditions meant that the walk was abandoned.
Friday 18th - Sunday 20th June 2010 - Weekend Meet - Torridon
13 members attended
Thirteen members attended the Forfar and District Hill Walking Club June weekend meet to Torridon. On Saturday five members started from Kinlochewe and traversed Beinn Eighe from east to west taking in the Munro’s of Spidean Coire nan Clach and Ruadh-stac Mor, the traverse took eight hours to complete. Seven members decided on an east to west traverse of the pinnacled ridge of Liathach climbing Spidean a’ Choire Leith and Mullach an Rathain. One member made a solo trip to Beinn Alligin to climb Sgurr Mhor and Tom na Gruagaich. The weather proved to be kind with excellent views of the spectacular Torridon mountains; these are rightly regarded as one of the finest mountain groups in Scotland giving serious scrambling expeditions along their narrow ridges. On Sunday one lonely member made the ascent of Sgorr nan Lochan Uaine and Sgurr Dubh, three members opted for a low level walk along Loch Coulin, five members headed east to climb Ben Wyvis while the remainder made the journey home. The next outdoor meet is the club’s mystery meet on the 4th of July meeting at the Myre car park at 7am; contact Carolyn to confirm your attendance.
Sunday 6th June 2010 - Day Meet - Beinn Bhrotain and Monadh Mhor
10 members attended
Ten members attended the Forfar and District Hill walking Club meet to the Cairngorms on Sunday the 6th of June. The members met at the Linn of Dee car park and cycled along the right of way on the north side of the river Dee to reach white Bridge and then 3km up the south west side of the river to before leaving the bikes. With the rain now starting a path was followed towards Carn Cloich-mhuilinn (942 metres) then up to Beinn Bhrotain at a height of 1157 metres, after a short lunch stop in the only rain free period all day the group continued northwest to a narrow col and on to the summit of Monadh Mor (1113 metres). To cut the day short the group decided on an easterly route down into Glen Geusachan, when reaching the slope the walkers were met with deep snow and what looked like a very tricky descent, the unanimous decision was to retrace their steps to the col and descend into Glen Geusachan and follow a path back to the bikes and then back to Linn of Dee, the walk took ten hours to complete. Sunday the 13th of June is the date for the next social walk for this year to the Lomonds, check the website for more details. The next outdoor meet is the club’s mystery meet on the 4th of July meeting at the Myre car park at 7am; contact Carolyn to confirm your attendance.
Sunday 23rd May 2010 - Day Meet - An Caistail / Beinn a Chroin to Balquidder
17 members attended
Seventeen members attended the Forfar and District Hill Walking Club bus meet to Crainlarich on Sunday the 23rd of May. After heavy rain on the bus journey, the walkers arrived in Glen Falloch to a warm and pleasant day with sunshine breaking through. The group followed the track under the railway bridge for 1km before climbing south up the grass slopes of Sron Gharbh then along the ridge path known as Twisting Hill and up to the summit of An Caisteal (995 metres) for a lunch stop in the sunshine. The route continued down the steep rocky south ridge to the col before climbing the rocky northwest end of Beinn a’ Chroin by way of a zigzag path through the crags and along to the summit at a height of 942 metres. The walkers then continued along to the east top before descending to a track beside the river Larig and following it east to Inverlochlarig to join the bus. The first social walk for this year to Deuchary Hill and Loch Ordie took place on the 16th May and was attended by ten members. The club is to walk part of the Forfar path network on the 31st of May, meet in the Green street car park at 7:30 pm this will be followed by a short meeting in the Queen Street Tavern. The next outdoor meet is to the Cairngorms by bike to the hills of Monadh Mhor and Beinn Bhrotain on Sunday the 6th of June leaving the Myre car park at 7am; contact Ray or Carolyn to confirm your attendance. The meet calendar for next year will be available shortly, for this and any other news see the club website
Sunday 16th May - Social Meet - Deuchary Hill - Loch Ordie
10 members attended.
The walk started at the roadside by the Loch of Craiglush then headed north to Mill Dam and then Deuchary Hill. After a stop on top to admire the 360 degree views, the descent was made to Loch Ordie, where the 2nd Osprey of the day was sighted. The return to Mill Dam was made by the higher level route and then back to the cars. Much wildlife as seen including 4 Osprey sightings.
Friday 30th April - Monday 3rd May 2010 - Inchnadamph
14 members attended
(Press Report) Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s May weekend to Inchnadamph was attended by fourteen members staying in the Inchnadamph Lodge Hostel. Three members stopped on the journey North on the Friday to climb Am Faochagach above Loch Glascarnoch. On Saturday morning the walkers woke to see the surrounding hills covered in a dusting of snow, a group of five decided on a circular trip from the hostel to Dubh Loch Mor visiting the Traligill caves on the way to climb the South ridge on Ben More Assynt then along a crest to Conival down the path in Gleann Dhub picking up the path back to the hostel. The remainder went to Quinag to make the ascent of Spidean Coinach, Sail Gharbh and Sail Ghorm. Sunday saw the walkers split into four groups, with trips to Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, Glas Beinn and Seana Bhraigh in sunny weather giving excellent views from all four hills. The first social walk for this year to Deuchary hill and Loch Ordie takes place on the 16th May, meet at the Myre car park in Forfar at 9am or contact Steve for more details. The annual gird competition will be held at Cullow Market on the 10th of May followed by a short meeting at Dykehead hotel, check the next website to confirm times. There are still places for the June weekend meet to Torridon, forms can be downloaded from the website.
Sunday 18th April 2010 - Day Meet - Arrochar
14 members attended
Fourteen members attended the Forfar and District Hill walking Club bus meet to Arrochar on Sunday the 18th of March. The first group was dropped off at Ardlui to follow the ridge of the little hills then up to the summit of Ben Vorlich at a height of 943 metres before descending the south ridge, down the steep slope to the road leading back to Inveruglas. The remainder of the party continued by bus to Butterbridge before splitting into two groups, one group climbing Beinn Luibhean and Ben Arthur and making their descent to meet the bus at Arrochar while the other group had the most difficult day climbing Ben Ime (1011 metres), dropping 500 metres before ascending to Ben Vane (915 metres) then down to Inveruglas. The next outdoor meet will be a through walk by bus over An Caisteal and Beinn a Chroin to Balquidder on Sunday the 23rd of May leaving the Myre car park at 7am, contact Ray or Carolyn to confirm your attendance. The first social walk for this year to Deuchary hill and Loch Ordie takes place on the 16th May, meet at the Myre car park in Forfar at 9am or contact Steve for more details. The annual gird competition will be held at Cullow Market on the 10th of May followed by a short meeting at Dykehead Hotel, check the next website to confirm times. Members are reminded that membership fees are now due for this year. There are still places for the June weekend meet to Torridon, forms can be downloaded from the website.
Friday 19th - Sunday 21st March 2010 - Weekend Meet - Invergarry
10 members attended
Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s March weekend to Invergarry was attended by ten members where the group stay in the excellent Invergarry Hostel. On Saturday six of the group made their way to the north shore of Loch Quoich to make the ascent of Gleouraich (1035 metres) and along a splendid undulating high level ridge to Spidean Mialach (996 metres), three travelled further along the Loch to Kinloch Hourn to climb Sgurr nan Eugallt at a height of 894 metres and one decided on the long trip to Glen Carron to climb Beinn Liath Mhor (926 metres) and Sgorr Ruadh (962 metres). Saturday night was spent in the Invergarry hotel enjoying a meal and a few drinks before retiring early to the hostel and early to bed. With the weather still favourable on Sunday morning six members returned to the dam at Loch Quoich to climb Gairich (919 metres) on the south side of the loch, two made their way to Carn Dearg at a height of 832 metres in Glen Roy while two opted for a forest walk in the Invergarry area. The next outdoor meet is to Arrocher by bus on Sunday the 18th of April leaving the Myre car park at 7am; contact Ray or Carolyn to confirm your attendance. The next indoor meet will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on Monday 12th of April at 7.30pm, this will be followed by a slideshow by David Sinclair on his adventure in the Pyrenees. Members are reminded that fees are now due. For more information see the club website.
Sunday 7th March 2010 - Day Meet - Fersit
16 members and 3 guests attended
Nineteen members attended the Forfar and District Hill walking Club bus meet to Fersit on Sunday the 7th of March. The main group of fifteen opted for the ascent of Stob a Choire Mheadhoin at a height of 1105 metres on the west side of Loch Treig. The path along the side of the loch was followed for 2Km then cross country through patches of deep snow to the bottom of Meall Cain Dearg, the climb up the north face proved tricky due to steep icy conditions, this was followed by a gentle climb to the summit. The group returned via the same route taking six hours to complete the walk. The remaining four members decided on the easier ascent of Stob Coire Sgiodian on the east side of Loch Treig at a height of 979 metres. The next outdoor meet will be to Arrochar by bus on Sunday the 18th of April leaving the Myre car park at 7am, contact Ray or Carolyn to confirm your attendance. The next indoor meet will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on Monday 12th of April at 7.30pm, this will be followed by a slideshow by David Sinclair on his adventure in the Pyrenees. Members are reminded that fees are now due for this year, please send these to Steve. The March weekend is now fully booked, if any members are still interested in attending please make your own arrangements with the hostel. There are still places for the May and June weekend meets, forms can be downloaded from the website. The committee are gathering suggestions for day and weekend meets for the 2010-2011 calendar; please send suggestions to any committee member before the end of March.
Sunday 7th February 2010 - Day Meet - Bridge of Orchy
10 members attended. By car.
Ten members attended the Forfar and District Hill walking Club meet to Bridge of Orchy on Sunday the 7th of February. All parked at the Bridge of Orchy railway station, two of the group opted for a low level walk along part of the West Highland way while the main group climbed Beinn Dorain.The main group started through the underpass below the railway and followed the path to the east of the Allt Coire an Dothaidh up to the cairn at the bealach at 744 metres, by this time the group were in snow, biting cold wind and very poor visibility. A sheltered spot was found for a short break to fit crampons and a bite to eat before heading south along the edge of a rocky escarpment to a large cairn and along the ridge to the top of Beinn Dorain (1076 metres). With the weather showing no sign of improving it was decided to cut the walk short and return to the bealach for a late lunch and follow the same route back to the car park. The walk took 5.1/2 hours to complete. The next outdoor meet will be to Fersit by bus on Sunday the 7th of March leaving the Myre car park at 7am, contact Ray or Mel to confirm your attendance. The clubs annual general meeting will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on Monday 1st of March at 7.30pm. The booking form for the March, May and June weekend meets are now available, forms can be downloaded from the website. An early response would be appreciated to allow the committee to confirm numbers.
Sunday 10th January 2010 - Annual High Tea Meet
18 members attended (25 members and 2 guests for high tea)
Forfar and District Hill Walking Club held their high tea meet on Sunday the 10th of January. Due to recent weather conditions the original plan to walk the Fungle path from Aboyne to Tarfside was abandoned in favour of a coastal walk from Lunan Bay to Arbroath covering 18km. Eighteen walkers started from the village of Lunan, down to the shore and along the ice covered beach to Ethie before following the path to Auchmithie and along the cliffs to Arbroath. The group enjoyed some spectacular views of waves been driven onto the rocks caused by a strong easterly winds.This was followed by an excellent high tea at the Sauchieburn hotel in Luthermuir where the walking group was joined by other club members and guests.he clubs Christmas meet was held on the 27th of December when three members made the trip from Glen Doll up to Bachnagairn and up to the stable at the foot of Broadcairn in soft snow. On the 3rd of January five members made the trip to the Hill of Glansie from Glen Ogil.The next outdoor meet will be to Beinn Do’ and Beinn Dorain at Bridge of Orchy on Sunday the 7th of February leaving the Myre car park at 7am, contact Ray or Mel to confirm your attendance.The next indoor meeting will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on Monday 1st of February at 7.30pm, the meeting will be followed by the annual photographic competition, please note all photographs to be passed to a committee member by the 24th of January.The booking form for the March, May and June weekend meets are now available, forms can be downloaded from the website. An early response would be appreciated to allow the committee to confirm numbers.
3rd January 2010 - Festive Meet - Glen Ogil
5 members attendedby car. Excellent day out in Glen Ogil, walking from the top of the loch to Hill of Glansie trig point via Duthriss Hill. Back by Birse Shades and BettyWharran.
Sunday 27th December 2009 - Festive Meet - Glen Clova
3 members attended
Trip to Crieff was abandoned because of the weather and road conditions. Instead meet was in Glen Clova, up to Bachnagairn with the intention of climbing Broad Cairn. Knee-deep fresh snow by the time we reached Bachnagairn so decided to call it a day at the pony shelter. Quite windy on the top so we were glad of the shelter, but otherwise an excellent day. 3 hours up to the pony shelter!
Sunday 13th December 2009 - Day Meet - The Fara
5 members attended.
The Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s meet on Sunday the 13th of December was to the Fara at Dalwhinnie. Starting from the A889 road north of Dalwhinnie the walkers followed a good track then across the icy Allt an t-Sluic and up the north east ridge to the high point of the day at 911 metres. With no wind and excellent visibility the group stopped at the large cairn for a well-earned rest admiring the views of the snow covered Cairngorms to the east and Glen Coe to the west. The group then continued south south west to the second top of the Fara at 901 metres. With the weather remaining favourable the group decided to make the return journey along the same route to enjoy the views of the surrounding hills. The walk took 6 hours to complete.There will be walks on Sunday the 27th of December and Sunday the 3rd of January in the local hills, see the website for more details or contact Ray.The high tea meet on Sunday the 10th of January is the Fungle path from Aboyne to Tarfside, meet at the Sauchieburn hotel in Luthermuir at 8am, the high tea will be at the Sauchieburn hotel at 5pm.The next indoor meeting will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on Monday 4th of January at 7.30pm, the meeting will be followed by club member Graham Browns talk on his trip to the Himalayas.For more information on the clubs activities visit the clubs website.
Sunday 8th November 2009 - Day Meet - Ladder Hills (Strathdon)
13 members and 1 guest attended.
Sunday 18th October 2009 - Day Meet - Ben More
The Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s meet on Sunday the 18th of October to Ben More and Stob Binnein was thwarted by typical club weather. The group started from the car park at Benmore farm and decided on the direct route up the north face of Ben More to the summit at 1174 metres; with the weather deteriorating the walkers opted not to continue to Stob Binnein and retraced their route back to the cars. The previous Sunday, eight members attended the last official social walk of this year’s calendar to Glen Lethnot enjoying a low level walk in windy conditions. The next day meet is to the Ladder hills (Strathdon) on Sunday 8th of November, meet at the Myre car park at 7am. Contact Ray or Mel to confirm your attendance. The next indoor meeting will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on Monday 2nd of November at 7.30pm, the meeting will be followed by the annual quiz night. For more information on the clubs activities visit the clubs website.
Sunday 11th October 2009 - Social Meet - Glen Lethnot
3 members attended.
25-27 September 2009 - Weekend Meet - Glen Etive
7 members attended.
Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s September weekend to the Grampian club hut in Glen Etive was attended by seven members. On Saturday all the group started from the Glen Etive road and followed the private road across the river Etive, five members headed for the North East ridge of Ben Starav for a long and unrelenting climb up the steep slope and a scramble over the granite boulders to the summit of Ben Starav (1078 metres) in low cloud, gusting winds and rain, after a short stop the group continued East to Sob Coire Dheirgh down to the Bealach and up to the summit of Glas Bheinn Mhor (997 metres). The descent was via the East Ridge into the corrie at the head of the Allt Mheuran and down the path back to Glen Etive. The other two members climbed the tree lined gully above Coileiter for 800 metres leading directly to Beinn Chaorach around the edge of Coire Glas and up to the large summit cairn of Stob Coir’an Albannaich (1044 metres), the continuation to Meall nan Eun (928 metres) required accurate compass work in the cloudy conditions. The return to Glen Etive was via Glen Ceitlein and along the track back to the starting point. Saturday night was spent in the hut in front of the wood-burning stove, eating a variety of different food followed by a card school, some beverages and a lot of friendly banter. Sunday morning brought low cloud and heavy rain as predicted making the easy decision for all members to make the return journey home. The club’s next social walk is to Glen Lethnot on 11th of October, meeting at the Myre car park at 8.30am. The next day meet is on Sunday 18th of October to Ben More and Stobinian, meet at the Myre car park at 7am. Contact Ray or Mel to confirm your attendance. An Illustrated talk on New Zealand by Brian and Janet Coull will follow the next open meeting in the Queen street tavern on Monday the 19th of October at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome, if you would like to find out more about our club contact any committee member, details are on the website.
Sunday 13th September 2009 - Day Meet - Jock's Road
3 members attended. Bus cancelled. Tolmount, Tom Buide, Mayar instead from Glen Doll
Sunday 30 August 2009 - Social Meet - Glen Uig
7 members attended.
Despite a mix-up over the meeting places, all attendees set off from Wester Lednathie westwards through Glen Uig. The weather was fair but overcast, though visibility was very good. After dropping into Glen Quharity, the group climbed eastwards over Clinking Cauldron and Cormaud to Monthrey, where they descended back to Wester Lednathie.
Sunday 16 August 2009 - Day Meet - Beinn A Ghlo
5 members attended.
The group started from the car park near Loch Moraig and walked along the path for 2Km before climbing Carn Laith (975 metres) in wet and windy conditions with the visibility poor, the cloud then lifted giving sunshine for the walk to Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (1070 metres) and on to Carn nan Gabhar (1121 metres) where the cloud rolled in again, walking was made more difficult in the windy conditions. The return was via Airghod Bheinn; down its steep grassy slopes and back toLoch Moraig. A total of 22 km was walked with 1250 metres of ascent, taking 7.1/2 hours to complete.
The next day meet is a through walk of Jock’s road by bus on Sunday 13th of September, meet at the Myre car park at 7am. Contact Ray or Mel to confirm your attendance. A social walk to Glen Uig is scheduled for Sunday 30th August meeting at the Myre car park in Forfar at 8.30am, those attending please contact Steve. The next midweek meet will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on Monday 7th September at 7.30pm. Booking forms for the September and Novembers weekends can be downloaded from the clubs website.
Sunday 5th July 2009 - Meet Secretary's Mystery Meet
5 members attended.
Five members attended the Forfar and District Hill walking Club’s mystery meet to Beinn a’ Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach at the west end of Loch Laggan reservoir. The walkers started from Roughburn and followed a forest road for a kilometre and up through a very boggy firebreak out into the open hillside skirting round the west side of Meall Clachaig and ascending the north-east slopes up the south top at 1049 metres then along the broad ridge for ½ Km to Beinn a Chaorainn (1052 metres) where a lunch stop was taken in the sunshine with excellent views all around. The small group then continued along the ridge to the north top (1045 metres), descended north-west to the bealach at the source of Allt a’ Chaorainn and climbed up the steep slopes to reach the north-east ridge and up to the summit of Beinn Teallach (915 metres) for the second stop of the day. The descent was down the grassy south slopes of Beinn Teallach and across the Allt a’ Chaorainn to pick up the forest road back to Roughburn. On Sunday the 28th of June seven club members attended the social walk to Mount Battock in Glen Esk. The next day meet is on Sunday 16th of August to Beinn a’ Ghlo at Blair Atholl, meet at the Myre car park at 7am. Contact Ray or Mel to confirm your attendance. The next midweek meet will be a walk on the Catherthuns on Monday the 10th of August, for final meeting places and times check the clubs website.
Sunday 21st June 2009 - Day Meet - Ben Alder
11 members attended.
Eleven members attended the Forfar and District Hill walking Club’s bike and hike meet to Ben Alder in the heart of the central highlands on Sunday the 21st of June. Starting from Dalwhinnie the walkers cycled followed the estate road running along the north-west shore of Loch Ericht, past Ben alder lodge and across a narrow path to Culra bothy covering a distance of 15km, after a short break the group walked up the path following the burn flowing from Loch a’ Bhealaich Bheithe across a heather clad area, over the burn and up the steep climb of the Long Leaches before emerging onto the summit plateau where a much appreciated lunch stop was had. It was then on up to the summit cairn of Ben Alder (1148 metres), the traverse was continued following the rim of the Garbh Choire and then descending down steep bouldery ground to reach the Bealach Breabag. From there the walkers climbed northeast to Sron Coire na h-Iolaire (955 metres) giving splendid views over Loch Ericht before dropping to 860 metres then rising to Beinn Bheoil (1019 metres). The walk continued along the ridge north for a further 2km before descending north-west to reach the path returning to Culra bothy and the long cycle back out to the cars at Dalwhinnie. The next day meet is the mystery meet on Sunday 5th of July, meet at the Myre car park at 7am. Contact Ray or Mel to confirm your attendance. A social walk to Mount Battack is scheduled for Sunday 28th June meeting at the Myre car park in Forfar at 8.30am, and the Edzell Muir car park at 9.00am, those attending please contact Steve. Congratulations go to club members Bob Railton and Carolyn Smith who completed their last Munro (Seana Bhraigh) on Saturday the 20th of June. For more information and contact details visit the clubs website
Friday 5th - Sunday 7th June 2009 - Weekend Meet : Feshiebridge
9 members attended
Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s June weekend to Mill cottage near Feshiebridge was attended by nine members. On Saturday six members climbed Bynack More (1090 metres), four of the group took the easier route from Glenmore Lodge, while two members opted for a more difficult route from the chair lift car park, both groups arriving at the top to be met with snow showers and two inches of fresh snow. Three members travelled to Glen Feshie for a circular walk from Auchlean. Two more members made the trip north on Saturday to join the group for an evening meal and an over night stay. Sunday saw an improvement in weather conditions, two people decided to stay in the Cairngorms to walk to Ben Macdui, eight members made the trip south to Dalwhinnie to climb Meall Chuaich before returning home while one member decided one day’s walking was enough and made the journey home. The club’s second social walk of the year was held on the 31st of May in glorious sunshine with eight members attending the trip to Clachnaben. The next day meet is on Sunday 21stJune to Ben Alder biking in from Dalwhinnie, meet at the Myre car park at 7am. Contact Ray or Mel to confirm your attendance. The meet calendar for next year will be available shortly on the clubs website. New members are always welcome, if you would like to find out more about our club contact any committee member, details are on the website.
Sunday 31st May 2009 - Social Meet - Clachnaben
7 members and one guest attended.
Wonderful sunny weather. walked up Glen Dye to Charr Bothy then up to Clachnaben, returning by the tourist route.
Sunday 24th May 2009 - Day Meet - Moy Bridge, Loch Laggan
9 members and one guest attended.
Ten members attended the Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s bus meet to the remote hills of Beinn Eibhinn and Aonach Beag between Loch Laggan and Loch Ericht on Sunday the 24th of May. The walkers started from Moy bridge on the A86 road in Glen Spean just south-west of Loch Laggan following the private road towards Lochan na h-Earba for 3.1/2km, and then south past the ruins of Lubvan along the path up the Allt carn before going crossing boggy ground and climbing up to the ridge leading to Beinn Eibhinn (1102 metres). With the mist closing in and the wind becoming stronger the group headed to a sheltered col for lunch. After a short stop the steep ascent was made up to Aonach Beag (1116 metres) to be met with high winds and rain, a quick descent was then made down the north-west ridge back to the Allt carn and a two hour hike back to Moy bridge and the waiting bus. The next day meet is on Sunday 21stJune to Ben Alder by bikes, meet at the Myre car park at 7am. Contact Ray or Mel to confirm your attendance. A social walk to Clachnaben is scheduled for Sunday 31st May meeting at the Myre car park in Forfar at 8.30am, and the Edzell Muir car park at 9.00am, those attending please contact Steve and he will wait on you. The next midweek meet will be an orienteering night at Crombie Country Park on the 1st of June meeting in the main car park at 7.00pm, this will be followed by a short meeting at the Craigton Inn in Monikie. There are still some spaces for the June weekend to Mill cottage in the Cairngorms, the booking form for this weekend can be downloaded from the clubs website.
Frid 1st - Monday 4th May 2009 - Weekend Meet - Inverie, Knoydart
14 members attended
Knoydart foundation bunkhouse in Inverie was the destination for Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s May weekend with fourteen members attending. On Saturday after heavy overnight rain seven members walked along Gleann an Dubh Lochain to Mam Barrisdale before making the ascent of Luinne Bheinn (939 metres), five members decided to continue along the Rough bounds of Knoydart to Meall Buidhe (946 metres) and down the east ridge to pick up the path back to Inverie, while the other two members retraced their steps to Mam Barrisdale and returned to the bunkhouse. The other group of seven headed north to climb Beinn na Caillich (785 metres). All members enjoyed a meal and a few refreshments in Britain’s remotest pub, the Old Forge, before returning to the bunkhouse. Sunday morning saw four members heading out to climb Ladhar Bheinn (1020 metres); nine members make the ascent of Beinn Bhuidhe (855 metres) and one member opting for a coastal walk along the shore of Inverie Bay. Both days saw showers of rain, hail, snow and spells of sunshine with gusty conditions on the tops. Plans for any walking on Monday morning was abandoned with weather conditions exactly as forecast, low cloud, wind and rain, all fourteen members decided to catch the early ferry to Mallaig to pick up their cars for the homeward journey. The club’s first social walk of the year was held on the 27th April with seven members attending the trip to Glen Prosen to climb Dreish in low cloud and cold winds, the next social walk is to on the 31st of May to Clachnaben leaving the Myre car park in Forfar at 8.30am, contact Steve Wilson if you are attending this walk. The next day meet is on Sunday 24thMay to Moy Bridge at Laggan by bus. Meet at the Myre car park at 7am. Contact Ray or Mel to book your seat on the bus.The meet calendar for next year will be available shortly on the clubs website. New members are always welcome, if you would like to find out more about our club contact any committee member, details are on the website.
Sunday 19th April 2009 - Day Meet - Ben Lomond
17 members attendedbr /> (press report)
Seventeen members turned out on Sunday the 19th of April for the Forfar and District Hill walking Club’s through walk from the southern tip of Loch Chon to Inversnaid, the walk saw the return of some members making a welcome addition to a monthly meet. In untypical weather, blue skies and warm temperatures, the group followed the path to Sronmachair and on to Comer before making the ascent up the south side of Coire a Bhathaich on the east side of Ben Lomond. On reaching the top lunch was taken in the sunshine with beautiful views west over Loch Lomond and north towards the Crainlarich hills, after lunch the group made their way east to pick up the main path to the top of Ben Lomond (974 metres). Five members decided to make the ascent of Cruinn a’ Bheinn (632 metres), while the remainder opted for the flat, but more boggy route round the west side of the hill before all walkers hit the path in Glean Gaoithe and down to the shores of Loch Lomond then along the West Highland Way to the Inversnaid hotel. Most members enjoyed a refreshing drink in the hotel before making the bus journey home. The next day meet is on Sunday 24th May to Moy Bridge at Laggan by bus, meet at the Myre car park at 7am. Contact Ray or Mel to book your seat on the bus. The next midweek meet will be a walk along part of the Kirriemuir path network on Monday the 11th of May,meet at Caddam Woods(NO386558) at 7.30pm followed by a short meeting in the Thrums Hotel. There are still some spaces for the June weekend to Mill cottage in the Cairngorms, the booking form for this weekend can be downloaded from the clubs website.
Frid 22nd - Sunday 24th March 2009 - Weekend Meet - Corran
13 members attended
Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s March weekend attracted twelve members to the Corran Bunkhouse on the east shore of Loch Linnhe. One member travelled up early on the Friday to climb Gulvain in sunny conditions, with all other members arriving in the evening. Saturday’s walks included a group of nine in Glen Nevis, eight making the ascent of Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor and one in the Mamores, the remaining three members were in the Glen Finnan region. All the groups started the day with low cloud and rain showers, but were rewarded with excellent views from the tops after the clouds and rain moved east in the early part of the afternoon. On Saturday evening all twelve members went to Inchree for a meal and a few refreshments. On Sunday morning the walkers were greeted with cloud and the forecast of rain in the west, six members decided to head east to Glen Lochay to climb Meall Ghaordaidh, the weather was dry and sunny with strong gusts of wind on the summit. All the others decided to make the journey home. The next day meet on Sunday 19th April is to the Loch Lomond area by bus meet at the Myre car park at 7am; please contact Ray or Mel to book your seat on the bus. The next midweek meet will be the Gird Championship to be held at the North end of Victoria Park in Arbroath on Monday 13th April at 7.30pm followed by an indoor meet in the Brewhouse. There are still some spaces for the June weekend to Mill cottage in the Cairngorms, the booking form for this weekend can be downloaded from the clubs website.
Sunday 8 March 2009 - Day Meet - Ben Vrackie
14 members attended.
With heavy snow and winds of 90mph forecast the scheduled Forfar and District Hill Walking Club meet to Glen Lyon was changed to a lower level meet to Ben Vrackie north of Pitlochry. Fourteen members travelled by car to Moulin and begun the walk along the edge of the wood in a heavy snowstorm but fortunately no wind. The northwest path through the bealach was followed for 2 km, and then in true club tradition the group was led through heather and snow on to the plateau and up to the summit of Ben Vrackie (841 metres) in strong winds and driving snow showers. A quick descent was made for lunch in a sheltered spot before walking back to the car park. The next day meet on Sunday 19th April is to the Loch Lomond area by bus meet at the Myre car park at 7am; please contact Ray to book your seat on the bus. The next midweek meet will be the Gird Championship to be held at the North end of Victoria Park in Arbroath on Monday 13th April at 7.30pm followed by an indoor meet in the Brewhouse. There are still some spaces for the June weekend to Mill cottage in the Cairngorms, the booking form for this weekend can be downloaded from the clubs website.
Sunday 8 February 2009 - Tarmachan Ridge
14 members and one guest attended.
Fourteen members and one guest turned out for the February meet of the Forfar and District Hill Walking Club for a through walk from the NTS visitor centre at Ben Lawers to Glen Lochay including a traverse of the Tarmachan ridge. With the snow hard packed, blue skies and no wind the walkers were looking forward to excellent day on the hills, unfortunately due to the icy road conditions the bus could not make the journey up to the visitor centre, leaving the walkers with an extra 3Km walk to start the planned route.The party then left the road and crossed the bridge over the Allt a’ Mhoirneas heading westwards over the rising moor land to reach the south ridge of Meall nan Tarmachan, then northwards to the 923 metre point and descending into a dip for the first stop of the day. With the snow now very icy, crampons were fitted and ice axes made ready to climb up through the crags to reach the summit of Meall nan Tarmachan at 1044 metres. From there it was a trek along the ridge crossing above the cliffs of Cam Chreag, over Meall Garbh, Beinn nan Eachan and finally Creag na Caillich. The descent was down the steep southern slopes to the power station to wait on the bus. Snow bunting, red kite and herds of deer were spotted on the hills. The next day meet on Sunday 8th March is to the Glen Lyon area by car meet at the Myre car park at 7am, please contact Ray or Graham to confirm your attendance. The next midweek meet will be the AGM to be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on Monday 2nd March at 7.30pm. All places for the March weekend to Loch Linnie and the May weekend to Knoydart have been booked, the committee are trying to book extra accommodation for these weekends, phone Steve if you are interested in attending as soon as possible. There are still some spaces for the June weekend to Mill cottage in the Cairngorms, the booking form for this
Sunday 11 January 2009 - Glen Clova (high tea meet)
(press report) The annual Forfar and District Hill Walking Club high tea meet took place on Sunday 11th January, only 11 members turned up for the 8am start in what has become traditional weather for these meets rain and strong winds. The group of eleven started from Glen Doll car park following the track through Glendoll forest and up Jock’s road to Davy’s Bourach, everybody squeezed into the shelter for a spot of lunch with head torches used for light, all members were thankful for the clubs efforts late last year to make the shelter wind and watertight. Five members decided to retrace their route back to the car park while six brave souls continued up Jock’s road and made their way across by Loch Esk and glittering Skellies to Bachnagairn, the return journey was down by Moulzie to the car park. Several other groups decided on a later start to the day with shorter walks around Glendoll forest and up the Capel Mounth, the later start unfortunately did not avoid the wind and rain. The sensible members decided they would drive to Glen Clova to join the rest for high tea, in total a group of 34 people enjoyed a meal and a chance to catch up with members and guests in a more social environment.
Eight members attended the Christmas meet to Deuchary hill and Loch Ordie, while elevens members attended the new year meet to Glen Esk for a walk that included the Falls of Unich, Falls of Damff, Cairn Lick (682m), Burnt Hill (663m) and Cairn Caidloch (647m).
The next day meet on Sunday 8th February is a through walk - Tarmachan Ridge to Glen Lochay, full winter gear (including crampons and ice-axe will be required), the bus leaves Myre car park at 7am. Please contact Ray or Graham to book your place on the bus by Friday 6th. The next midweek meet will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on Monday 2nd February at 7.30pm, the meeting will be followed by the annual photographic competition. Booking forms for the Spring/Summer weekends can be downloaded from the clubs website. The important post of secretary requires to be filled
at the March AGM, please contact any committee member if you are interested.
Saturday 3rd January 2009 - New Year Meet - Glen Esk
A long circuit of Loch Lee in Glen Esk (20km) : Falls of Unich, Falls of Damff, Cairn Lick (682m), Burnt Hill (663m) and Cairn Caidloch (647m). Met at Edzell Muir car park at 8.30, where car-sharing was arranged.
Saturday 27 December - Christmas Meet - Deuchary Hill - Loch Ordie
8 members attended, meeting another 2 members on the descent.
Met at Myre car park at 8am. The starting off point is a small lay-by on the right hand side of the Blairgowrie-Dunkeld road just it reaches Loch of Craiglush (NO 046447). We will then head up through the woods to The Glack, then climb to the right of Mill Dam and then to the top of double topped Deuchary Hill. We'll then drop to Lochan Na Beinne and follow the track down to Loch Ordie. The return trip will be by Raor Lodge and back to The Glack then down through the woods back to the cars. Total distance 16km. Ascent 565m. Neither of the meet secretaries is attending. Contact Colin (01241 852928 or 07808 191396) if you plan to go straight to the starting point, and we'll make sure that we wait on you.
26 October 2008 - 2nd Social Meet
12 members attended
. To Glen Isla - up Monega Hill to little Glas Maol then down ridge to south. Heavy snow showers. Stop in Glen Isla Hotel on return.
Sunday 21 September 2008 - Day Meet - Glen Clunie to Glen Muick
12 members and 2 guests attended
Fourteen members of Forfar and District Hill Walking Club attended the through walk by bus on Sunday, September 21st from Glen Clunie to Loch Muick. The starting point was Auchallater following the Callater burn to Lochcallater Lodge, along the side of the loch and climbing to the summit of Carn an Sagairt Mor (1047 metres). Ten members continued to Can a’ Choire Bhaidheach (1110 metres) then on to Lochnagar to Cac Carn Beag (1155 metres), the descent was down to the car park at the east end of Loch Muick. The remaining four members took the more direct route from Carn an Sagairt Mor down past Dubh Loch and along Loch Muick back to the car park. Herds of red deer were spotted on the hills. The next day meet is a through walk over Ben More to Balquidder by bus on Sunday October 19th, meet at the Myre car park in Forfar at 7am. All participants should contact either Ray Campbell on 01307 461215 or Graham Brown on 01356 648248 to confirm attendance. The next midweek meet will be held in the Queen Street Tavern in Forfar on Monday 13th October at 7.30pm when Alan Stewart from Tayside police will give a talk on wildlife. Members are reminded a working party is planned for ‘Davie Glens Bourach’ on Sunday 28th September, meet at the Glen Doll car park at 9.30am. Visit the clubs website for more information.
Friday 5th - Sunday 7th September 2008 - Weekend Meet - Cannich
Cannich backpackers Hostel was the destination for Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s September weekend with eight members attending. Saturday morning started bright with the prospect of clear skies for a pleasant weekends walking, four members headed for Glen Affric, two on the North side climbing Mam Sodhail, Carn Eige and Beinn Fhionnlaidh and two on the South side climbing Carn a’ Choire Ghairbh and Anoch Shasuinn. Three members made the trip to Glen Strathfarrer for the ascent of Sgurr Fhuar-Thuill, Sgurr a’ Choire Ghlais, Car nan Ghbhar and Sgurr na Ruaidhe while a lone member was in Glen Cannich walking on the North side of Loch Mullardoch and up to An Socach. After a bright start the weather soon broke with low clouds, wind and showers experienced by all the groups.Sunday morning brought more cloudy weather to begin with, four members decided to make the journey home while a trio of Corbett baggers climbed that well known hill Beinn a' Bha'ach Ard at 862mmetres, the remaining member stayed in Glen Affric to make the ascent of Toll Creagach and Tom a'Choinich, although the views were clear the wind was strong and bitterly cold. Wildlife spotted on the hills was Ptarmigan and a large herd of red deer. The next day meet is a through walk from Glen Clunie to Loch Muick by bus on Sunday September 21st, meet at the Myre car park in Forfar at 7am. All participants should contact either Ray Campbell on 01307 461215 or Graham Brown on 01356 648248 to confirm attendance. Members are reminded a working party is planned for ‘Davie Glens Bourach’ on Sunday 28th September; a good turnout would be appreciated. The first of the ‘Social walks’ on 31st August to the Airlie ridge was a success with thirteen members attending, the first time in the club's history where the males members were out numbered by the females, the next social walk is planned for the end of October contact Steve Wilson for more details. Visit the clubs websitefor more information.
Sunday 6th July 2008: The annual Meet Secretary's Mystery Meet
Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd June 2008 - Weekend Meet Kintail
18members and one guest attended.
Kintail outdoor centre was the destination for Forfar and District Hill Walking Club’s June weekend with nineteen members attending. On Saturday the bright skies saw twelve members decide on an east to west traverse of the South Glen Shiel ridge, starting at the Cluanie Inn, the old road was followed for a few kilometres before leaving the road for a step ascent to Creag a’ Mhaim (947 metres), from there the whole ridge could be seen stretching out for some 11km, the next 5 hours was spent traversing the ridge before ending at creag nan Damh (918 metres), the fence was then followed westwards to the Bealach Duibh Leac and a long descent to Glen Shiel. Four members were on the north side of Loch Cluanie starting at Lundie to climb Carn Ghluasaid, Sgurr nan Conbhairean and Sail Chaorainn. The remaining three members walked from the Kintail outdoor centre to the Bealach an Sgairne where one walker climbed Beinn Fhada and A’ Ghlas-bheinn and two walked further along the stalkers path and climbed Sgurr Gaorsaic.
Sunday morning began with wind and rain, nine members decided to go for a short walk to visit Sandaig Bay, followed by a light lunch in the Cluanie Inn before heading home, while the others cut short the weekend and went home.
The next day meet on Sunday July 6th is the meet secretaries mystery meet, be at the Myre car park in Forfar at 7am. All participants should contact Mel to confirm attendance.
The Committee has responded to requests from a number of members to introduce additional Club walks. These could probably be best described as more local, slightly shorter or less strenuous social walks. The plan is to trial this idea in August and October with walks to the Airlie ridge and Glen Isla, this would be a good opportunity for potential new members to come along for an introduction to hill walking, more information on these walks and other news can be obtained from the club’s website.
Sunday 8th June 2008 - Day Meet - Ben Cruachan
Fifteen members of Forfar and District Hill Walking Club made the three-hour bus journey for the day meet on Sunday, June 8th to the Cruachan horseshoe. Starting off from the power station the group climbed up the steep path beside the Allt Cruachan to the Cruachan dam, then up to the grassy south ridge of Meall Cuanail that lead to the summit at 918 metres. The first stop of the day for refreshments was a sheltered spot in the sunshine before climbing the 300 metre rocky ridge to the top of Ben Cruachan (1126 metres) where the low cloud broke for some nice views over Loch Etive, two members decided to return to the dam, while the remainder continued with an easy scramble down Cruachan’s east ridge in a traverse along the ridge surrounding the reservoir to the next top, Drochaid Ghlas (1009 metres) and eastwards to Stob Diamh (998 metres), after a bite to eat it was southwards to Stob Garbh (980 metres) and a drop to the bealach. Two hardy walkers then decided they would ascend Beinn a’ Bhuiridh (897 metres) before meeting up with the rest of the group at the dam and descending back down to the power station. The only wildlife spotted on the hills was a lone Ptarmigan, the group members interested in the wild flowers on the hill gathered a collection to identify on the return journey. The next day meet will be the meet secretaries mystery meet on Sunday July 6th, meet at the Myre car park in Forfar at 7am. All participants should contact Mel to confirm attendance. New members are always welcome, visit the clubs website for more information.
Sunday 18 May 2008 - Day Meet - Black Mount
Another fine day greeted fifteen members of Forfar and District Hill Walking Club who attended the day meet to Black Mount by bus on Sunday, May 18th. Starting off from Victoria Bridge the group followed the Landover track on the North of the Abhainn Shira from Forest lodge along to a small corrugated iron hut before turning North on the east side of the Allt Toaig for 2km then up the zigzag path to Beinn Toaig and the broad plateau ridge to the summit of Stob a’ Choire Odhair (945 metres). After the first stop of the day it was westwards to the bealach and up steep slopes to the Aonach Eagach ridge and an easy climb to the top of Stob Ghabhar (1090 metres). After a repair to some blistered feet the group progressed to Aonach Mor and along the ridge towards Bealach Faur-chathaidh, from there it was a 300 metre climb up grass and broken rocks to the bouldery ground leading to Clach Leathad (1099 metres). The walkers had an easy 1.1/2 Km traverse North to the summit of Creise (1100 metres), before returned to the cairn and descending the spur eastwards leading to the top of Meall a’ Bhuiridh (1108 metres). The descent was made down the snow covered ski slopes to the foot of the White Corries chair lift and the welcome sight of the waiting bus. The next midweek meet on 2nd June is a cycle/ramble in Montreathmont forest at 7.15 pm. The next day meet on Sunday June 8th is to Ben Cruachan by bus, meet at the Myre car park in Forfar at 7am. All participants should contact either Ray Campbell on 01307 461215 or Graham Brown on 01356 648248 to confirm attendance. New members are always welcome, come along to the midweek or Sunday meet or contact Ray or Graham for more information. Any updates can be found on the club website, www.fdhwc.org.uk
Sunday 10 February 2008 - Day Meet - Ben Vorlich/Stuc a’ Chroin
11 attended in 4 cars. Left Forfar 07.00, back 17.45.
Weather: hill fog all day with a couple of patches of blue sky. Mild, little wind. No snow on Ben Vorlich. A little snow on the scramble up the Stuc. Left cars at 9.15, back at 15.45. Usual pub in Crieff on way home. Decided it is too up-market now. Alternative drinking hole required :- Comrie, Crieff, Methven.
Wild-life: Ptarmigan, red squirrels, red deer
Thursday 27 December 2007 - Festive Meet
The plan is to climb the Cairnwell from the south, walk round the corrie and head west to Carn Bhinnein. Meet at the Myre at 8am.
Sunday 11th November 2007 - Day Meet - Beinn Vuirich
(press report) Eighteen members of Forfar and District Hill Walking Club attended the day meet to Ben Vuirich on Sunday, November 11th. A start was made from Tarvie, following a good track up the side of the Tarvie Burn. The ascent was by way of Druim Mor where two minutes of silence were respected in memory of those who have fallen for their country. Soon after however, all reached the top of Ben Vuirich (903 m) amid snow showers and a bitingly cold north wind. Whilst most were huddled behind the windbreak on the summit, a few members were busy painting the club's adopted trig point. The descent was made by way of Creag nan Gobhar down to Shinagag Farm before picking up the bus at Killiecrankie. Wildlife noticed on the day was diverse, with Mountain Hare, Buzzards, Red Grouse and Deer spotted on the hill. The unofficial November weekend meet is to Inchree over the weekend of November 30th to December 2nd.Anyone interested in attending please contact Mat Torrie on 07967 537631 as soon as possible. The next midweek meet will take place on Monday December 3rd, in the Queen Street Tavern where Angus Council Ranger Craig Borland will give a presentation. The club would like to thank Brian Coull and John Dawson for their hard work in organising this year's successful quiz night. The next day meet will take place on Sunday December 9th to Ben Ledi and Ben Vane. A bus has been organised for this walk and will depart the Myre car park in Forfar at 7am. All participants should contact either Ray Campbell on 01307 461215 or Willie Mather on 01356 650240 to confirm. Any updates can be found on the club website, www.fdhwc.org.uk
Sunday 21st October 2007 - Day Meet - Rannoch area
Twenty Six members of Forfar and District Hill Walking Club were out among the hills again on Sunday,October 21st. The main group of twenty one headed for the Kinloch Rannoch area and parked up for the start of their walk at Loch Eigheach. A good Land Rover track was followed before a quick dance over boggy ground to reach the bottom of Beinn Pharlagaln. After a bit of a pull up the shoulder, all reached the top before pushing on over the knobbly ridge to Sgor Gaibhre (955m). After a stop for lunch, it was over to Carn Dearg (941m) where hazy views over Rannoch Moor were enjoyed, with the hills of Glencoe and Glen Etive in the distance. A decision was made to return to the cars from here via the equally knobbly ridge over Sron Leachd a' Chaoruinn and back down the Land Rover track. All were relieved to be back at the cars after a hard eight and a half hour's walk with the usual conditions on the tops of damp mist and cold winds. Another group of two enjoyed a leisurely day on Jock's Road with the remaining three carrying out maintenance work on Davie's Bourach up the Glen. The Club would like to thank John Rogers for his entertaining presentation on his travels in Tasmania. Three spaces are still available for the curling this Saturday evening at the indoor rink in Forfar. Please contact Mel Henderson on 07837 726095 for details. Participants are reminded to turn up at 16:45 for a 17:15 start. The next indoor meet will be held on Monday November 12th in the form of the Annual Quiz night with teams being picked out of a hat this year to avoid last year's carnage!! A start time of 7:30pm accompanies this eventful evening. The November weekend meet will now be held over the weekend of November 30th to December 2nd in Inchree. All interested please contact Mat on 07967 537631 for details. The next day meet will be held on Sunday November 11th,to the club's adopted trig point on Beinn Vuirich. A small amount of maintenance to the trig point will also be carried out on this meet. Experienced Painters and new members are welcome to come along. Please contact either Willie Mather on 01356 625040 or Ray Campbell on 01307 461215 for details. The bus will leave the Myre car park in Forfar at 7am. New members can have a look at the last trig point visit during a stunning cloud inversion on the club website, www.fdhwc.org.uk
Friday 21st - 23rd September 2007 - Weekend Meet - Lake District
Five members attended the recent weekend meet to the Lake District on September 21st to 23rd.On Saturday, four members began their walk from Seathwaite and followed the path up to Esk Hause. From here, a quick check of the map was made before climbing over Ill Crag and a last push up the slope to the top of England,Scafell Pike (977 m). With the top being very busy, all headed for Mickledore where an ascent of Scafell was made via Broad Stand by three members before heading for the pick-up in the hamlet named Boot. One member made his descent by Cam Spout Crag and headed for Boot via Eskdale. A meal and a few drinks were enjoyed in the colourfully named Boot Inn on Saturday evening, although there was some confusion between Creme Brulee and Creme Anglais!! On Sunday, the weather took a turn for the worse with low cloud on the tops with wind and rain thrown into the mix as well. One member headed for home. Two members were tourists for the day and two hardy lads took in the hill called Cat Bells before heading for home. The club are still looking for ideas for the informal November weekend meet. Please contact Mat on 07967 537631 with any suggestions. The next midweek meet will be held in the Queen Street Bar in Forfar on Monday October 15th at 7-30pm where John Rogers will host a presentation on his travels in Tasmania. The next day meet will be held on Sunday October 21st to the Rannoch area. All participants should meet in the Myre car park in Forfar for a 7am start. All new members are more than welcome to come along. For details please contact Willie Mather on 01356 650240 or Ray Campbell on 01307 461215 for details. Any updates can be found on the club website, www.fdhwc.org.uk
Sunday 9th September 2007 - Day Meet - Beinn Dearg
Eleven members of Forfar and District Hill Walking Club turned out on Sunday, September 9th, for the day meet to the slightly remote Munro of Beinn Dearg. To make a change to the usual day meet, The approach to the hill was by way of mountain bikes instead of a long walk in. After one and three quarter hours on the bikes, the party headed for the summit of Beinn Dearg (1008 m) which, for the last 300 feet, was covered in mist which made it cold and damp on the top....Aye, Summer's here alright!! The group made the descent back to the bikes and after 45 minutes and one puncture, all were back at the cars again. Spaces are still available for the weekend meet to the Lake District on September 21st to 23rd in the Derwentwater Hostel. All interested please contact Steve Wilson on 07840 821576 for details. The next day meet is to the Rannoch Area on Sunday, October 21st where the club may make use of the train which stops at Corrour. Any new members are more than welcome to come along,Please contact either Willie Mather on 01356 650240 or Ray Campbell on 01307 461215 for details. Any updates can also be found on the club's website www.fdhwc.org.uk
Sunday 19th August 2007 - Day Meet - Creag Meagaidh
Sixteen members turned out on Sunday,19th August for the day meet to Creag Meagaidh. A damp start saw all leave Forfar but,on the journey to the hill, the sun came out on the other side of Pitlochry.Ten members started their day at the east end of Loch Laggan before heading up onto the shoulder of Coire a Bhein by way of Glen Shirra.A short walk along the top took the party to the first of three Munros on their route,Carn Liath (1006 m).After following a fence through the murk that enveloped the tops all day the group found themselves on the top of Stob Poite Coire Ardair (1053 m).A short descent took the party to the window,a bealach where a break for lunch and some lively banter was held.Soon the group were mobilised again and about 30 minutes later,were on their final summit of the day,Creag Meagaidh (1128 m).It was from here that the group headed for the descent by way of Puist Coire Ardair to the bus at Aberarder.The second party of Six also climbed Creag Meagaidh by way of the short and steep route from Moy.The descent route was by way of the path down through the window leading down to Aberarder by way of the Allt Coire Ardair.Conditions on the tops were foggy and raw with a brisk wind ever present from the North.The next midweek meet will be held in the Queen Street Bar in Forfar on Monday,September 3rd where John and Rita Norrie will host a presentation on their 40 years with the Club,with a start time of 7-30pm.Spaces are still available for the September weekend meet to the Lake District on Sept.21-23.Please contact Steve Wilson on 01575 575654 to confirm.The November weekend meet will probably take place on the 23-25th of the month.All interested in participating please contact Mat on 07866 508794 with ideas for a destination...so far we have two suggestions for Inchree.The next day meet is to the Blair Atholl area to Beinn Dearg using mountain bikes on Sunday,September 9th.All participants should meet in the Myre car park in Forfar for a 7am start.New members are more than welcome to come along,please phone either Willie Mather on 01356 650240 or Ray Campbell on 01307 461215 for details.For any more info,have a look at the club website at www.fdhwc.org.uk
Sunday 8th July 2007 - the annual Meet Secretary's Mystery Meet
9 attended by shared car. Left 7am for Crianlarich. Cruach Ardrain. Weather mixed - on the wet side again.
Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th June 2007 - Weekend Meet - Torridon
(Press report) Twenty Members of Forfar and District Hill Walking Club attended the weekend meet to Torridon over the weekend of June 22nd to 24th. On Saturday, various parties found themselves on the coastal path from Wester Alligin to Diabaig,3 climbed Beinn Dearg, 6 brave souls climbed Beinn Alligin with 2 members tourists for the day. On Sunday,4 climbed the twin munros of Beinn Eighe,6 enjoyed a bog-trot en route to Fionn Beinn,3 corbetted on Beinn Damph and 4 heading over to the Poolewe Peninsula with 2 heading for home. Conditions can only be described as driech, with very wet and windy conditions on the hill...another FDHWC classic, although those climbing Beinn Alligin did spot an Eagle high on the hill.The latest edition of the club's newsletter has been printed and should be with members soon. If you don't receive a copy please contact Mel who will make sure you receive your copy. The next day meet will be held on Sunday,July 8th and will be in the form of the Annual Meet Secretary's Mystery Wander! No fixed destination has been set for this as most people are off on holiday to somewhere that there isn't any rain!! All participants should meet in the Myre car park in Forfar for a 7am start and should phone Ray Campbell on 01307 461215 to confirm.
Tuesday 2nd January 2007 - New Year Meet - Glen Ogil
12 attended on a cold clear day with a biting NW wind. Light snow on the ground further up the hill: Alec, Brian C, Colin, David S, Elaine, Frank, Graham, Janet, Jerry, Scott, Steve, Willie M. Met at Myre at 9am then at Glen Ogil. Icy roads. Willie led us on a round of Glen Ogil :- St. Arnolds Seat, Naked Tam, Auld Darkney, then a "small dip" at Craig Mou before climbing Toardy Hill, Dog Hillock and onto the to the trig point tt Hill of Glansie (726m). Dropped by Birse Shades and Bettywharran to the reservoir. It was too dark to hold the the gird competition.
Tuesday 26th December 2006 - Christmas Meet - Mount Keen
12 attended on a very cold overcast day. Good views were had to south and east :- Alan, Bill D, Bill H, Colin, David S, Elaine, John E, John McD, Linda, Ray, Wille M with guest, ex-member Marjorie Caine (Beck). Temperature was -2C when we left Myre at 8am, but -8C at the car-park at the top of the glen. Roads icy. Met John McD (with dog) just by chance at the car-park, so he joined us. Temperature rose as we climbed out of the frost-pocket in the glen. Biting cold. Just a touch of cloud on the top of Mount Keen. Biting cold west wind. Back to the glen by 3.15 and stopped at the Panmure in Edzell for a refreshment.
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November 2006
Unofficial weekend meet to Fort William area.
Our trial of a November weekend date.
Seven attended (Colin, Linda, Mat, Dorothy, Brian, Ray, Alan). Fantastic day on Saturday with blue skies and snow to the sea. Mat on Ben Nevis, Colin and Linda on Sgurr Coinnich Mhor, rest on Aonach Beag. Deep soft snow. Hard going, but great views. Closed in later with more snow falling. All but Mat had to rely on head-torches to get back. Everyone too knackered to do anything on Sunday.
Sunday 12th November 2006 - Glen Lyon
18 attended. Wintry conditions.
Meall Buidhe (932m) and Carn Chreag (862m) both ascended by all. Words of remembrance at 11am by Mat. Deer, snow bunting, ptarmigan, grouse spotted.
Sunday 22nd October 2006 Day Meet-Meall Glas / Sgiath Chuill
By bus leaving Myre car park at 7.00am.
May Weekend 2006 - Barrisdale, Knoydart
A disappointing turnout (9, Linda S., Colin, Mel, Dorothy L., Brian L., Janet, Brian C., John E. and Davie ) to a traditionally busy weekend - very remote setting in the White House, Barrisdale. Very comfortable. Coal supplied by Mather Coal Merchants (Nae money in sheep!). John Easson easily started the generator (and taught many others how to start it). Lunnie Bheinn. Meal Buidhe, Ladhar Bheinn, Ben Aden all conquered during the weekend. Ripped off by Murray Morrison, Arnisdale Ferry Services? Looking forward to next weekend in Dundonnel, in June. Have you booked yet?
Friday 17th - Sunday 19th March 2006 - Weekend Meet - Roybridge
Stayed at Aite Cruinnichidh Bunkhouse. £10 pp per night. Very comfortable. Shared it with wild kayaking students from University of Strathclyde.
Saturday : Weather fantastic - good visibility, lots of snow, sun :- alpine conditions
5 (+ local guest) went to Stob Ban from Corriechoille farm, 2 then climbed Sgurr Innse and one then climbed Cruach Innse.
Three climbed Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg from Fersit.
One went skiing at Aonach Mor.
Sunday: dampish :- sunshine and showers (sleet higher up).
Two climbed Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg from Fersit?
Three attemped Stob Coire Easain but failed because of the ground conditions
One climbed one of the Carn Dearg Corbetts up Glen Roy
One explore the parallel roads in Glen Roy
Two returned home.
Wednesday 3rd January 2006 - New Year Meet - Glen Shee
16 attended (including 2 new members Gill and Avril).
Climbed Glas Maol and Creag Leacach in lovely sunny cold conditions. Some snow and ice underfoot. Great views. Ice-axe breaking practice on the way back and a stop in the Spittal Hotel.
Tuesday 26th December 2005 - Christmas Meet - Mayar
They climbed Mayar via Corrie Fee. The weather was not that good.The rain held off while they were walking but it was cold and windy at the top with poor visibility.
Sunday 16th January 2005 Ben Vrackie
Attendance: 32 , by car
Just as the rain went off we started from the car park beside Balnakeilly just north of Moulin heading north up the track and onto the moor and passing Creag Bhreac and Loch a’Choire then onto the cloudy summit of Ben Vrackie. We sheltered on the north side and had lunch and then continued along the ridge towards Meall an Daimh but dropped off west before reaching the summit to then follow the track back over the bealach west of Meall nah Aodainn Moire and back to Balnakeilly. Wild life spotted Buzzard, Red Grouse, White Hares. Unfortunately the weather on the summit was disappointing because later in the day the views were excellent. We then had high tea in the Moulin Hotel which was excellent.
Ascent: 765m Distance: 10.1k
Weather:Rain at first and cloud on top but a good day later
Monday 3rd January 2005 - New Year Meet - Clachnaben
Attendance: 19, by car
Starting at the Spittal Cottage ruin in Glen Dye we took the track following the burn west to Charr where we had a bite to eat in comfort in the bothy. We then went north along the track to the Hill of Edendocher and onto the summit of Clachnaben. Here we clambered onto a very windy Torr to enjoy excellent views of the surrounding countryside returning to the cars by the new path. We stopped at the Panmure Hotel for refreshments and another blether
Ascent: 587m Distance 15.1k
Weather:Cold wind but a good day
Monday 27th December 2004 - Christmas Meet - Ben Gulabin
Attendance: 20, by car
Starting at the Spittal of Glen Shee crossing to the north side of the burn we followed the track up into Gleann Taitneach then turning northeast and up the northwest side of Ben Gulabin to the summit. We stopped here for lunch then we descended northeast passing the site of an old ski hut then down to road and back to the Spittal Hotel for refreshments and a blether.
Ascent: 500m Distance: 9km Weather: Cold wind with rain not far away
Sunday 5th December 2004 Day Meet - Schiehallion
by bus (31 on bus)
Starting at the Braes of Foss and following the new path we climbed to the summit of Schiehallion unfortunately one of the members slipped and cut a finger on the sharp rocks but we patched him up he continued on none the worse for it. On the summit we sheltered from the cold and had lunch, the views from the summit today were quite hazy; We then descended down the northwest ridge in very blustery conditions to the road at Dunalastair Water and back to the bus stopping at Dunkeld for refreshments then home to Forfar. Wild life spotted red grouse, black cock
Ascent 744m Distance: 8.66k Weather: Good weather but acold wind on top
Sunday 15th August 2004 - Day meet - Beinn a Bhuird and Ben Avon
Starting at the Linn of Quoich on a glorious sunny morning the group walked up Glen Quoich after crossing the burn they climbed up the shoulder of Carn Allt na Beinne and onto the summit of Beinn a’ Bhuird. From here the views were excellent. Here group split up some (4) returning back to the cars by the ascent route. One member did all the tops of Beinn a’Bhuird, while the remainder carried on to Ben Avon all climbing the tors on the summit. They then returned due south by Carn Eag Dhubh and over the shoulder of the Corbert, Carn na Drochaide, and back to the cars but one hardy soul climbed the Corbett. It was a very long and hardday but was very enjoyable with great views of the surrounding countryside. Wild life spotted eagle, grouse, mountain hare, red deer, roe deer, grey wagtail. Glorious sunny morning a odd spot of rain in afternoon. Distance Walked: -30km (27.6 km). Ascent: - 1420m ( 950m).
Friday 25th/ Saturday 26th June 2004 - Lochnagar sunrise
Attendance : 3
Starting at Glen Doll Car park at 9.15pm the group went up to Bachnagairn over to Loch Muick round to Glas-alt-Sheil up on to the summit of Lochnagar arriving at 3.30am in time for the sun rise at 4.12am' Photo’s were taken and they returned by way of the Spittal of Muick and back over the Capel Mounth road to Glen Doll arriving at 09:50am a distance of 33.7km ascent of 1760metres
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June - Weekend Lake District, Glenridding
Attendance 12 +1 guest
Ten members stayed in the hostel beside the disused mine above Glenridding and three stayed in B/B in Glenridding.
Saturday : Starting at the hostel the group climbed Helvellyn going by White Side and Lower Man to the summit continuing to Nethernmost Pike and Dollywagon Pike before descending to Grisedale Tarn at this point Colin and Alex went off Wainwrighting going over Fairfield and St Sunday Crag. The rest of the group then followed Grisedale Beck down towards Patterdale then back to the hostel. The weather was very cold with showers of rain. The group went to the White Lion Hotel in Patterdale for a meal in the evening. br /> Sunday : Starting at the Inn at the top of the Kirkstone Pass six members climbed High Street going by Stony Cove Pike then to Thornthwaite Crag here there was a number of beautiful black fell ponies with natural dreadlocks in their manes and tails touching the ground. We continued on to the summit of High Street where we had excellent views of the surrounding fells and dales also Blackpool Towers was spotted. After walking along the High Street we climbed over The Knott and we descended by Hayeswater Gill to Hartsop. The weather was good and the showers missed the group all day. Two members were tourist for the day. Four Ladies went shopping in Ambleside.
Sunday 6th June 2004 - Day Meet - Beinn Mhanach - Boots Across Scotland
Attendance: 19 by bus
Starting at Auch following the burn into Auch Gleann round the south shoulder of Beinn Chuirn then a stiff climb northeast to the summit of Beinn Mhanach descending west into the coire then south west round the coire passing south of Beinn Achaladair then down into Coire Achaladair then to farm at Achaladair As the cloud was low at times the day turned out to be a good navigation exercise. The views were limited from the summit due to the cloud. The ground was quite wet as there had been a lot of rain over night. An enjoyable day was had by all with refreshments at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel.
Ascent:995m Distance:17.7k Weather:Low Cloud with mist and drizzle at times
Sunday 16th May 2004 - Day Meet - Glen Clunie to Loch Muick (bus)
Attendance : 22
Starting at weir in Glen Clunie we crossed over to Loch Callater and on to the path leading to the summit of Carn an Sagairt Mor at this point some of the members inspected the wreckage of a Buccaneer fighter plane which crashed here many years ago. We continued on towards Lochnagar passing an old whiskey still and close by the still was the remains of an old wooden barrel ‘whisky perhaps’. We climbed to the summit of Carn a’Choire Bhaidheach and onto Lochnagar then returned down by the Fox’s Well and back to the bus. During the day we were treated glorious weather and great views of the surrounding countryside with Ben Nevis being picked out. The new members had a tremendous introduction to Lochnagar and it wild cliffs and views.
(distance 22k ascent :1193m)
Friday 30th April - Monday 4th May 2004 - Weekend Meet - Inchnadamph Lodge, Assynt
Nineteen members stayed in the excellent Inchnadamph Lodge
Various walks and quite a number of mountains were climbed over the weekend in weather conditions varying from warm sunshine to snow showers. The group on Ben More Assynt on Saturday spotted a pair of Red-throated Divers at Dubh Loch Mor. Also a Red Kite was seen on Friday at Contin. On the road home a Black Cock lek was spotted.
Most of the group dined at the Altnacealgach Hotel on the Sat and Sun nights - also excellent. It was a good and enjoyable weekend
Two climbed Am Faochagach
Fourteen climbed Ben More Assynt and Conival via the south-east ridge and south top.
Three climbed Ben More Coigach.
One climbed Seana Bhraigh
Two climbed Breabag.
Two explored Gleann Leireag.
Weather - Warm with broken cloud
Fifteen climbed Canisp
Five climbed Cul Mor
Three explored the Bone Caves and also tried to go to Suileag Bothie
Weather-Low cloud with cold wind
One climbed Beinn Laith Mhor a’Ghiubhais Li
Four climbed Beinn Wyvis
Two climbed Fionn Bheinn
Five were tourist for the day
Weather- Heavy showers with snow on tops
Wildlife spotted:- Red Kite - Red Throated Divers - - Black cock Lek - Snow Bunting - Red deer
Sunday 18th April 2004 - Day Meet - Ben Lomond
Attendance: 14, by cars
Starting at the car park 1km north of Blairuskinmore taking the track from Blairuskinmore to Comer then going up the ridge on the south side of Coire a’ Bhathaich then on to the summit by the main south ridge. The weather at this point started to clear up and we were treated to glimpses of Loch Lomond and the surrounding area. It was a very tough days walking due the wet under foot conditions but everybody enjoyed the day especially the new member on her first on the hills. Three members climbed the main northeast ridge and joined the main group on the summit. The group stopped at Aberfoyle for well-earned refreshments before returning to Forfar.
Ascent:1201m Descent:1201m Distance:24.3k
Weather:Intermitent rain with snow clearing up in the afternoon.
Sunday 7th March 2004 - Day Meet - Tarmachan Ridge
Attendance: 20 by bus
Group of 14 started at the Ben Lawers visitors centre taking the track west then striking north up the hill to the summit of Meall nan Tarmachan along the ridge to Beinn nan Eachan continuing to Creag na Caillich returning to the road at power station. Some members tried their crampons for the first time on the approach to the summit of Meall nan Tarmachan. A few Ptarmigan in winter plumage were spotted on the Ptarmigan Ridge. It was a very enjoyable day.
Ascent: 864m; Descent: 1146m; Distance: 10.2k
Meanwhile group of 6 walked at low level route: Starting just west of the Falls of Dochart at Killin following the track south then southwest to Glen Ogle there onto the dismantled railway line to Lochearnhead, continuing along the line all the way to Woodhouse then along the road to St Fillans. Some of the line was all right but in parts a machete would have been helpful. Quite a walk ! Ascent 427m Distance 21k.
Weather: Cold wind with cloud in the morning clear sunny afternoon
Sunday 15th February 2004 - Day Meet - Cairngorm and Ben Macdui
postponed from previous Sunday.
Attendance 7. Cars Left Forfar 6.00am
Frank Low, John Dawson, Jerry Husband, Jim Dickson, John Easson, Ray Campbell, Matt Torrie
Starting at the Coire Cas car park and going by Sron an Aonaich we climbed to the summit of Cairngorm, Here we just about had another temperature inversion, but did get a very unusual Brocken Spectre. We continued along the corries then headed off to the summit of Ben Macdui and again here another Brocken Spectre. On the return we passed Lochan Buidhe - "the highest lochan in Britain", and continued down the ridge on the west side of Coire an Lochan and back to the Coire Cas car park. Good navigation was required today as visibility was very poor. Weather: Cloud with sun trying to come on the tops
Distance Walked: 16km Ascent: 1036m
Sunday 18th January 2004 - Day Meet - Glen Isla
Attendance: 25 by car
Starting at Auchavan we followed the track west up on to Monamenach navigation being required here as the cloud was down also the going was quite hard in the soft snow. We continued on to Black Hill at this point a snowball fight started and continued most of the way to the Tulchan Lodge. We then returned down the road to the cars at Auchavan. This group were joined by ** other members for high tea at Glen Isla Hotel.
Ascent 626m Distance: 10.2k Weather: Low cloud rain showers with snow on high ground.
Sunday 4th January 2004 - Festive Meet
12 members attended. Left Myre at 8.10am for Glen Clunie, parking at the foot of the Monega path. Climbed Carn an Tuirc - patchy snow. Up through the clouds for yet another temperature inversion. It was hard going round to Cairn o' Claise through soft snow. Descended by Sron na Gaoithe and did some practice of ice-axe breaking before reaching cars at 3.30pm. Pub stop at Bridge of Cally.
Festive Meet : Sunday 28th December 2003 - Festive Meet - Cat Law
19 members attended. Left Myre at 8am. Proposed meet to Glen Clunie was not possible because Cairnwell road was blocked with snow. Instead 10 at Cat Law and 8 at Loch Ordie.
Sunday 7th December 2003 - Day Meet - Beinn Vuirich
The walk started at Loch Moraig following a track as far as Shinagag Farm then along the Sron na h Innearach ridge to Ben Vuirich on reaching the summit the club were to be repairing the trig point, however they found it in quite good order. The only thing needing any touching up was the paintwork. The members waited eagerly to paint part of the trig point, one member even decided to make his jacket look bonny whilst waiting for his turn! Amazing views were seen at the summit, the clouds were actually lower than the some of the tops around and including Ben Vuirich. The return was the reverse of the ascent route.
Ascent: 896k Distance: 23.2k Weather: Crisp frosty day
Sunday 9th November 2003 - Day Meet - The Fungle Path
Attendance: 21 , by bus
Starting from Tarfside with the weather uncertain but fair for the time being we took the Fungle path to the north by Shinfur. When approaching the high part of the walk we encounter a very heavy shower of rain fortunately it did not last very long. At 11 o’clock Matt said a few words and we had two minutes silence. We had lunch near Birse Castle in the shelter of some trees and by this time the weather had cleared up for a fine afternoon. The remainder of the walk was pleasant over the moor passing a lunch hut/shooting lodge on the way down to Aboyne, Where we changed clothes and had refreshments before returning to Forfar.
Ascent: - 664m; Descent: 735m; Distance: 20.3k
Weather: Heavy shower of rain then a nice afternoon
26th October 2003 - Glen Clova: 40th Anniversary Walk
On a lovely October morning we started at Glen Clova car park. The party climbed up the Capel Mounth and over to Loch Muick stopping at the wood by the loch for lunch and photographs. Then they went along the loch and up the streak of lighting continuing on to the pony hut at sandy hillock. Here we picked up four ex-members and by the time we reached Bachnagairn our number increased by another three to total of fifty one, then home to Glen Doll and down to Clova Hotel where we were met by a number of old members for a buffet, birthday cake and gird races.
Distance Walked 13.7miles. [22.1km]. Ascent 3205ft. [977m].
Sunday 19th October 2003- Sgor Gaoith : Ali Anderson’s last Munro
Starting in Glen Feshie just north of Achlean on a cold but nice morning we walked up Allt Fhearnagan path to the ridge then along to Sgor Gaoith and here we cheered Ali on to his last Munro where Colin presented him with a tankard. We all had a quick dram as a snow storm hit us but we continued the celebrations further down the hill [Twice] where dumpling was included along with drams. A great day.
Ascent 870m Distance: 15.5km.
Friday 19th - Sunday 21st September 2003 - Weekend Meet - Torridon
Friday:Two members climbed Beinn Alligin ascending the horns to the Munro Sgurr Mhor then round the ridge to Tom na Gruagaich the second Munro. The weather was rain and strong wind.
Saturday : 15 members + 4 friends of John McDonalds climbed Liathach from Glen Torridon going to the east top first, Stuc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig then onto the Munro Spidean a Choire Leith over the pinnacles and onto the second Munro Mullach an Rathain where John McDonald celebrated his completion of the Munros with champagne, whiskey and all the trimmings. Colin presented John with a Tankard.Descent was down by Sgorr a’ Chadail where we were treated to numerous Brocken Spectres then down to the road and home to youth hostel. One member climbed the two Munros on Beinn Eighe, Going round to the splendid Choire Mhic Fhearchair then up onto the Munro Ruadh-stac Mor along the ridge to the second Munro Spidean Coire nan Clach then down the road to his car. The weather was excellent only one shower for about ten minutes.
Sunday : Two members climbed Fionn Bheinn from Achnasheen just as they reached the top the weather worsened so a quick descent was undertaken. Two members climbed Slioch starting at Incheril going up Gleann Bianasdail then on to the summit. The weather for this pair was cold wind but very little rain. One member climbed the Corbett Little Wyvis in lovely sunny day.
Sunday 7th September 2003 - Day Meet - Glen Feshie to Linn o' Dee
18 members attended. Bus left Forfar at 7.10am, returning 8.45 pm.Nine members walked through Glen Feshie to the watershed, onto Geldie Lodge, White Bridge to Linn o'Dee (10.am - 6.20pm). Nine members traversed the high route to Monaadh Mor, Beinn Bhrotain, Carn Cloichach mhuilinn and then to White Bridge and Linn o' Dee arriving quarter an hour before the other group. Weather fine - very good visibility, cold SW wind. Stop in Fyffe Arms, Braemar for refreshments.
Sunday 17th August 2003 - Day meet - Ben Lui
20 members attended. Bus left Forfar at 7am, returning 8.45 pm. One member did part of the West Highland Way, from Tyndrum northwards and then back. Others left bus on Oban road and climbed to the bealach between Beinn a' Chleibh and Ben Lui, then to summit of Beinn a' Chleibh, and then onwards to Ben Lui. Dropped to head of Allt Coire Laoigh. 3 members returned from here to Cononish and then out on the track to Dalrigh. Others carried on over Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig and then descended through woods to Dalrigh. Weather, strong NE winds, but only one shower on summit of Beinn Dubhchraig. Cloud cover above summits apart from a brief spell when group was on Ben Lui.
Sunday 6th July 2003 - Day Meet - Beinn a'Ghlo
9 members attended for the Meet Secretary's Mystery Meet (to Beinn a' Ghlo). By car to Loch Fender. Then Carn Liath, Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and Carn man Gabhar. Fair but misty all day.
Sunday 8th June 2003 - Day Meet - Cruachan area
Bus cancelled. 11 members attended (Colin, John D., Ray, Mat, Gordon, Jerry, Willie, Bruce, John E., Tom and new member Ian Hogg).
Left at 7am, taking 3 cars to Cruachan - but raining too heavily so back-tracked to Beinn a Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich. Not a bad day - muggy going up but got colder later. Two showers later in day. Good visibility. Stopped in Crieff on way home. Back in Forfar at 7.45.
Friday 2nd - Monday 5th May 2003 - Weekend Meet : Arran
13 members attended (Colin, John D., Hilda, Angus, Linda, Brian C. , Janet, Brian L., Dorothy, Bob, Carolyn, Tom, Bill McD): 11 staying in Shore Lodge at Brodick Castle, and eating at the WinePort at Cladach.
Saturday: 13 on Beinn Nuis, Beinn Tarsuinn and A' Chir. Clouds cleared to give good views including Jura. Some tricky scrambling - lots of grazed arms and legs. Well done, to Bob, the rope man. The day climaxed in the "interesting" descent of the Bad Step in pouring rain. Abandoned the ridge at the bealach and spent 2 hours walking out of Glen Rosa in the pouring rain. Brian C and Bill attended a party at a BBQ under a tree!
Sunday: a wash out - though cleared up later
Angus and Linda waded up Goat Fell from Corrie. Brian C, Janet, Tom took the bus to Lochranza and walked back via the coast to Sannox. Rest became tourists.
Monday: Bill McD and Colin, climbed Cioch Na h'Oighe , North Goat Fell and scrambled along the Stacach Ridge to Goat Fell in windy conditions with occasional views (accompanied by the cheery and talkative Stuart from Ardrossan - hi Stuart). Tom and Brian C. set off on a bike journey back to Forfar - in 3 days. Rest departed early.
Sunday 20th April 2003 - Day Meet : Linn o' Dee
By bus, departing 7am, returning 8pm
attendance : 17
weather : sunny, strong chilly west wind
Walk 1 : Beinn Bhrotain (14)
Walk 2 : Carn a' Mhaim (3)
Walk 3 : Sgor Mor (3)
pub: Fyffe Arms, Braemar
28th-30th March - Weekend Meet : Mill Cottage, Feshie Bridge
Sunday 9th March 2003 - Day Meet : Fersit / Spittal of Glen Shee
Drummocher - Sunday 9th February 2003
High Tea - Sunday 19th January 2003
Festive Meet - Thurs 4th January 2003 - Fern Hills
Left Myre car park at 9.45am in 4 cars, very icy roads. Parked at Afflochie farm, climbed Craig of Trusta, Old Man, and along ridge to Laidwinley where the group contoured below Hill of Garbet to gain the path back to Afflochie, reached just after 4pm. Clear sunny day. Lots of dry powder snow underfoot, very deep in drifts making the going hard. Back at cars
Festive Meet - Friday 27th December 2002
cancelled - weather
Sunday 8th December 2002
to An Socach, Glen Clunie.
Transport: 4 cars
Departed Myre car park at 7.40am
Weather: Low cloud, snow underfoot, strong easterly wind, spindrift
Left cars at 8.45am Up Baddoch Burn into Coire Fhearneasg to east summit and along the ridge to the west summit (944m) around 12.30. Not a day for hanging around on the top so dropped from the bealach to sheltered ground for lunch. Back at cars at 3pm and stopped in Spittal of Glenshee Hotel for refreshments. Back in Forfar at 4.45pm.
22nd-24th November 2002 - Weekend at Inveraray
at Inveraray Youth Hostel (RentaHostel scheme)
Saturday : Beinn Bhuidhe (3), Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime (7)
Sunday : Beinn an Lochain (3) Ben Vorlich (5)
Cloud covering the tops most of the weekend around the 800 metre contour. Occasional glimpses of the tops. Fairly mild but cold on summits with strong easterly wind. Good meal and blether in the George Hotel on Saturday evening. Real ale.
Sunday 10th November 2002 - Day Meet - Farragon Hill
Transport : car; Attendance : 11
Walk : Farragon Hill (783m)
4 cars left Forfar at 7.30 in torrential rain with a promise of good weather on the 7am outdoors forecast. Regrouped at Dunkeld and proceeded to the north bank of the Tay just west of Grantully. Set off northwards at 9.15 in fair weather for Loch Derculich. Cloud broke up gradually as we climbed the east ridge of Farragon Hill, reaching summit at 1pm. Well done, Christine! Descent by steeper route and returned by the same track to cars at 3.30pm. Pub in Dunkeld (in front of fire ) for almost an hour. Forfar at 5.45pm.
Sunday 20th October 2002 - Day Meet - Crianlarich
Transport : bus; Attendance : 26 Walk 1 : Ben More and Stobinian (22)
Walk 2 : Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean (4)