Log 27 April 2019

BEINN PHARLAGAIN - Saturday 27 April 2019

Allan G met with Fraser and Malcolm in Milngavie before the short drive to Dumbarton Central where they met Rob to catch the train to Rannoch Station.
The forecast was indifferent but all were keen to make the trip.

Arriving at Rannoch, Allan and Rob set off for the circuit of Beinn Pharlagain, a route of over 24km against the clock as the last return train departed at 6.40pm.
Malcolm showed his experience by opting to have a cup of tea at the station café with Fraser before confidently setting off on the same route a little later.

Fraser climbed the Marilyn Sron Smeur off the same Road to the Isles access track.
The weather was much better than expected. The tops clear for most of the day with only the odd prolonged rain shower to cope with.

Allan and Rob managed to keep Malcolm in sight for the final section of the ridge which had 3 distinct tops.
The views, especially towards the Blackmount, Glencoe and the Mamores were very good giving a completely different perspective on these hills viewed from an unusual angle.
The Corbett summit of Meall na Meoig, as it turned out, wasn’t where the cairn had been built but was very obviously a short distance to the NW.

Our descent was via 2 pretty lochans to the east of the summit before we swung west across the gentle slopes of the moor to cross the Allt Eagheach and meet up with a well-engineered track.  
Any concerns about Malcolm missing the train proved to be unfounded as he arrived back at the station about 30 minutes after Allan and Rob, having made light work of the 10km walk out to arrive about 20 minutes before the train departed.

We arrived back at Dumbarton Central before 9.00pm after a stunning train journey in beautiful early evening light. A very good day in a remote part of the country.
It was just a pity more members couldn’t make the trip.
Report by Allan Gilliland