Cruach Ardrain

Cruach Ardrain is a Munro that lies just north of Beinn Tulaichean. We climbed Cruach Ardrain a couple of weekends ago. Beinn Tulaichean again too. Check out these pictures to see just how different the landscape looks with the change of weather and scenery compared to March! 

Cruach Ardrain is a Munro that lies just north of Beinn Tulaichean. We climbed Cruach Ardrain a couple of weekends ago. Beinn Tulaichean again too. Check out these pictures to see just how different the landscape looks with the change of weather and scenery compared to March!

Hey Folks! Today I’ve got these pictures of our recent hike up Cruach Ardrain for you.

You might want to first check out the pictures of Beinn Tulaichean from March, because Cruach Ardrain is mentioned in that post. We just didn’t climb it that particular day, we parked it for future.

And this is that future!

Right, have you got your boots on and lunch packed? OK then, let’s get started!

Cruach Ardrain on approach to the farm at Inverlochlarig

August

Beinn Tulaichean in sigh, Cruach Ardrain around the corner.

March

So, do you recognise the walk in? Yep, compare the March picture to the August picture and you’ll see where we’re heading. We’re approaching the start of the Beinn Tulaichean climb.

Don’t the change of season and the weather make the scenery and landscape look totally different?

Cruach Ardrain, is hidden by clouds in the center top of the photograph

Anyway, we’re not going up Beinn Tulaichean. Well, not at first anyway. 😉

We’re going to take a right just at the foot of that mountain, up a drovers track to get a little further up the glen.

Now, unfortunately here, you can’t see Cruach Ardrain as its hidden by clouds in the centre top of the photograph above. In fact it was hidden pretty much all day!

Cruach Ardrain from a distance

It’s time for a history lesson from Mike here (that’s the chap in the photographs below) as we’ve just walked past the farm at Inverlocharig.

The importance of the site of Inverlocharig is it was the final home of the famous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor.

Rob Roy MacGregor died here in 1736 and his grave is situated nearby at Balquhidder churchyard.

On the drovers path up the glen to Cruach Ardrain

Anyway, I’ve spared you the full 20 minutes history lesson I got!

Actually, it’s pretty interesting and Mike’s pretty well clued up on that kind of stuff. His house is filled with book shelves on history of all sorts!

But, as I know you’re here mostly for the pictures of Cruach Ardrain, l’ll keep it short.

However, if you would like a full guided walk and history lesson, I can arrange that for you!

Back on the hike and we’re heading up that drovers path now, northwards……

Cruach Ardrain at the base

Then further up the glen we leave the path and take a sharp left turn to start the 1000m climb.

The ground here is pretty wet and there’s plenty of “bog hopping” fun to be had!

Cruach Ardrain bealach through to Crainlarich

Looking back down from our climb. If we’d carried on up the drover route, it’s possible to get through that bealach you see and end up in Crianlarich (well, eventually!).

View South halfway up Cruach Ardrain

For this part, it’s heads down and onwards and upwards.

There’s no path on this route we’ve chosen and I’m afraid it’s anything but easy with some pretty rocky parts that we need to navigate through too.

Beinn Tulaichean to Cruach Ardrain path

Finally though, we do meet the ridge that joins Beinn Tulaichean (seen in the distance) with Cruach Ardrain.

That was a right slog to get to here! The expression on Mike’s face of sheer determination says it all. Still, that’s probably a good 1000 calories burned so far.

On the approaches to Cruach Ardrain

Now we begin the climb up the slopes of Cruach Ardrain. Looking back at Beinn Tulaichean and beyond is a stunning view of the mountains of Stirling and the Trossachs.

Mist surrounds the approaches to Cruach Ardrain

Looking forward, as we need to do now, we’re about to climb into the clouds.

There’s a noticeable temperature drop at this point too, necessitating a quick change into fleeces and waterproof jackets to give us some extra added protection from the elements.

Cruach Ardrain summit is just seen from a distance.

That’s the summit of Cruach Ardrian there to the right in this picture above. You can just about make out someone standing there beside the Cairn, as the cloud cover lifts just a little to see it.

Michael Beaton Cruach Ardrain Summit

And very soon, after a good 2.5 hours we too are there at the summit. That’s a somewhat eerie picture of Mike don’t you think?

Neil Lockier Cruach Ardrain Summit

Well, I can tell you that we are DEFINITELY NOT hanging around here on this summit for long, so after a quick snap of yours truly it’s time to descend to warmer pastures!

Descending from Cruach Ardrain

And, back down from the clouds, the temperature rises again and we’re able to take off our fleece’s and waterproofs.

But, only for a short while as those grey clouds you see above us are bursts of rain. There’s no point in complaining though as we’ve been pretty lucky in that is hasn’t rained all day at all, up until now.

Lucky for me, as I forgot my waterproof trousers! This day could have been a pretty wet and uncomfortable climb for me, had it rained earlier.

View back down to Inverlochlarig

That view above might look familiar to you again, if you check out the very first picture in the previous post of Beinn Tulaichean.

And that’s it. It was a pretty long descent, but we were back to the car for about 3.30. Not a bad day from having started at 10.30.

The next hillwalking expedition is one that Lady Lynne and I will be away on together. Actually, this very weekend! We’re going up to stay at Rucksacks Bunkhouse in Braemar, where Mike and I were  in June.

But, this time, I’m thinking that Lady Lynne and I will go for Loch Nagar. It’s situated close to Balmoral, the Queens Scottish Highland residence. A very suitable place for Lynne to feel at home in 😉

I’ll see you Thursday first though for a brand new burger recipe!

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Comments

  1. That first picture is everything. It honestly doesn’t even look real!
    And I got really excited because I thought you and Lady Lynne were GOING to Balmoral. And then I realized that I read that wrong. Sadface.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Another place and piece of excellent scenery I would drag you and Alex up to see. 😉

      Ha ha ha! Believe me, if Lady Lynne and I could get into Balmoral, we would! I mean you can sometimes visit when the Queen is not in residence, but otherwise I’ll need to wait for my Knighthood. 😆

  2. Neil, Cruach Ardrain and it’s foothills are GORGEOUS! Such lovely scenery – must make for a wonderful hike! Going over to your burger recipe to check out how yours and Lady Lynnes trip to Rucksacks Bunkhouse in Braemar turned out!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      This was an awesome hike. Albeit we were both shattered at the end because of the initial climb. But it certainly was worth it! 🙂

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