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henryb

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Conic Hill and Inchcailloch
« on: 18:50:08, 11/06/19 »
Sunday's walk was a no brainer to plan; with weather forecasters predicting rain for the Highlands and sunny skies for the lowlands, I headed south from Crianlarich to Luss on the citylink coach. My plan was to get the ferry across to Balmaha, near the start of the west highland way. The boat trip took 45 minutes. As I left Crianlarich, in my shorts and T-shirt, the rain poured out of the heavens. When I arrived in Luss, I was applying my sun cream. After getting of the boat, I walked to the visitor centre asking for directions to climb Conic Hill. I was told to walk to the end of the car park and follow the track; being a sunny day, there were a lot of tourists doing the same thing as me. I got to the summit in one hour. The views across Loch Lomond were beautiful. After admiring the views I retraced my steps to the visitor centre; I descended in less than 30 minutes. What should I do now, I thought? I decided to get the ferry to Inchcailloch, 5 minutes away and I spent half an hour on the island before getting the ferry back. I saw Conic Hill where I had been an hour earlier and Ben Lomond. Total distance was 11km and this was one of the best walks I've ever done. Getting the bus back to Crianlarich, the rain came on again. I missed the showers! ;D  This walk is good for wildlife lovers as well.


The man with the pink cap:
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Bullfinch?
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Osprey shot:
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A red dear:
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The Luss grahams:
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Blackbird shot:
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Loch Lomond from Conic Hill:
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The islands from Conic Hill:
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The view south from Conic Hill:
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Descending Conic Hill:
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Ben Lomond:
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The western Grahams from Inchcailloch:
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Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond from Inchcailloch:
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Zoom-in on Beinn Dubh I think:
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The Luss Grahams:
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Bigfoot_Mike

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Re: Conic Hill and Inchcailloch
« Reply #1 on: 19:30:03, 11/06/19 »
It looks like an interesting area. That is a male chaffinch rather than a bullfinch; the blackbird might actually be a carrion crow; and it might be a roe deer rather than a red deer, but I am not 100% sure. It is definitely an osprey though  O0


You have some good hills around Crianlarich. I have ascended Beinn aí Chroin and An Caisteal in the past. That was a long day driving down from Aberdeen and back afterwards on the same day.

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Re: Conic Hill and Inchcailloch
« Reply #2 on: 19:31:36, 11/06/19 »
Great pics henry  O0
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Re: Conic Hill and Inchcailloch
« Reply #3 on: 19:37:38, 11/06/19 »
Lovely pics, looks like you had a stunning day.
Over hill, over dale. Thorough brush, thorough brier....
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Re: Conic Hill and Inchcailloch
« Reply #4 on: 19:38:31, 11/06/19 »

Lovely photos.


How were the midges?

henryb

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Re: Conic Hill and Inchcailloch
« Reply #5 on: 19:59:32, 11/06/19 »
Thanks for the replies everyone :)  I admit I was guessing with the wildlife wasn't 100% certain :)  Midges - awful - learnt the hard way. I did Cruach Ardrain on day one and was bitten badly (seen red spots at the end of my walk), thankfully cream solved the problem. Scotland and Northern Ireland where I live are opposites in this regard. I've only encountered midges twice here in the last 11 years. In Scotland I was totally unprepared for this and I've now bought midge repellent as I hope to climb Ben Lui in August from Tyndrum.

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Re: Conic Hill and Inchcailloch
« Reply #6 on: 20:28:51, 11/06/19 »
It's a pity you only had half an hour on Inchcailloch, it's a really interesting place to explore. There's a medieval grave site, as the people couldn't write they carved pictures on the headstones. A sheep for the shepard, a cow for the cowman and a plow for the plowman. I don't know whether or not the White Hart is still around or any of her offspring but there used to be one living on the island. The national parks tried to move her off the island, don't ask me why, but she returned within days - swam back. At the opposite end of the island to the ferry is a semi-wild campsite with a composting toilet and BBQ you can book through the NP, it's a good one for taking kids to.


Some of the other islands in the Loch are also interesting, one even has a residential population of Wallabies.     

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Re: Conic Hill and Inchcailloch
« Reply #7 on: 20:37:01, 11/06/19 »
Highland midges are vicious. Fortunately, my wife tastes better than me (at least to a midge), although she doesnít like walking up hills any more.


I assume the wallabies are from a wartime release. I didnít realise there were any in Scotland, but thought there were some in the Peak District.

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Re: Conic Hill and Inchcailloch
« Reply #8 on: 20:54:39, 11/06/19 »


I assume the wallabies are from a wartime release. I didnít realise there were any in Scotland, but thought there were some in the Peak District.


I think so, the National Parks tried to cull them a few years back but there was a huge outcry about it so they backed off. Sadly, I think the winter of 77-78 killed off the population on the Roaches. I certainly haven't see or herd of them since then, and the Yak died a long time ago.

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Re: Conic Hill and Inchcailloch
« Reply #9 on: 12:56:29, 12/06/19 »
Great photos Henry O0
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