Blackrock Cottage, Glen Coe – April 8th/9th 2022

Members Attending:

Jim Aire, Wallace Booth, George Henderson, Susan Henderson, Louise McCulloch, Mike Partington, Lorn Smith.

Guest – Elizabeth Smith

The April Meet saw us return to the wonderfully situated Blackrock Cottage, one of the most photographed in Scotland. Many thanks to the Ladies Scottish Mountaineering Club for allowing us use of the Hut. For various reasons, numbers were short, but those attending certainly enjoyed their stay.

On Friday, George & Susan dropped the keys off on their way through to an enjoyable walk on the splendid twin peaks of Beinn a’Bheithir. Conditions were almost perfect with the wind not as strong as on previous visits.

Meanwhile, Louise was on the Bridge of Orchy hills of Stob Ghabhar and Stob a’Choire Odhair, where she enjoyed fabulous views of Rannoch Moor.

A quiet night was had, with Jimmy then Wallace arriving later, to grab some sleep in preparation for their epic day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge. They woke early and were on their way for some snow ploughing on the classic ridge which would see Wallace edge closer to his munro round.

Louise took off for Beinn Fhionnlaidh and was busy preparing for the day ahead when approached by a gentleman who announced that he had climbed two rounds of munros. Nonplussed by this chat up line, she set off at a pace to ensure their paths wouldn’t cross again!

Mike had arrived and set off for Meall a’Bhuiridh for a short but enjoyable day.

George and Susan headed over to Ardgour in pursuit of the Corbett of Carn Na Nathrach. In nice weather they enjoyed some great views to Beinn Resipol and Sgurr Dhomhnuill.

Lorn and Elizabeth had made their way past the Real Food Café (fish supper enjoyed) to the Cottage to spend a convivial Saturday night. Mike, Louise, Susan and George arrived to join them and Wallace and Jimmy popped in on their way down the road to report on their fabulous day. It had been a hard shift, exacerbated by having to return up the road to their vehicle. The small but perfectly formed gathering enjoyed a few drinks with Lorn in particular, glad that the hardest task for him in the morning would be the full breakfast at the Real Food Café!

A lazy day didn’t enter the mind of Louise who has munros to bag. The pair of Beinn a’Chreachain and Beinn Achaladair at Bridge of Orchy offered just enough of a challenge for this determined lady. Mike also ventured on to the Sub 2000 of Glas Bheinn which offers commanding views over Rannoch Moor.

All in all, a pretty good haul of hills, food and drink, achieved over a fine weekend!

One thought on “Blackrock Cottage, Glen Coe – April 8th/9th 2022

  1. I think I’d have gone for Fionnlaidh in those conditions – I enjoyed the South Shiel ridge in summer but wouldn’t dream of such a long, hard day in winter conditions myself. And they could have caught the bus up to Cluanie – that’s what I did – really wouldn’t fancy dragging myself up the road uphill to Cluanie after the long ridge. They must be a super-fit pair!


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