Isn’t it amazing how much better everyone feels with a little sunshine? The Spring Equinox met us on last Tuesday with a small blizzard in Glasgow, followed by a couple of days featuring lashings of rain and then when the weekend arrived, surprisingly we were met with the most beautiful sunshine. It’s really not like me to be organised, but I had seen it coming (Thank You Google weather) so myself and my hiking buddy Helen jumped in the car and headed out to Loch Lomond.
We parked up in Luss, conveniently only about an hour from Glasgow, and began to hike up a Beinn Dubh. The Walk Highlands Website doesn’t lie, it is a grassy ascent and in parts it was very boggy, which was probably not helped by the melting snow. Helen just about ruined a pair of trainers and had to walk the remainder of the hill with soggy socks on after misjudging some boggy terrain. My only other criticism of this hill would be that there were a lack of rocks to sit on to eat our sandwiches. In the end we settle for a grassy hump covered by our jackets to keep our bums dry.
I must confess we didn’t walk all the way round the ridge, as we’d left it quite late to set off, but the views all the way up are superb. You leave a stunning view of Luss and Loch Lomond below you as you begin to hike, and in the distance in front you can see Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps. I have to say I was buzzing after this walk, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The perfect hike to see me back into a new season of outdoor pursuits, and if you try it I only wish you have the weather that we did.