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Creep Week #3! – Hike Chats and Creepy Mountain People

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During my 2 weeks off from work, I walked the Stank Glen route in Callander and also along Loch Katrine in Aberfoyle. I filmed both of the walks (video below) but I thought I would share the photos!

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The Stank Glen loop starts at one of the Ben Ledi routes, is 9km long, has brilliant paths and great views over Loch Lubnaig!

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Drive to Callander

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Ben Ledi

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Loch Lubnaig

3 days after Stank Glen, my boyfriend and I set out to do Primrose Hill in Aberfoyle but when we arrived, I couldn’t be bothered, ha! We decided on a walk along Loch Katrine, but ended up doing 14 miles altogether! Despite the sore legs, it was worth it for these views.

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You can see all the footage from these days in my new Creep Week vlog along with clips from Ben Donich!

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Sunny, Snowy Scotland

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Scottish weather is a complete mystery. Sun can’t be guaranteed in summer and snow can’t be guaranteed in winter; you just never know what it’s going to be like outside. Deciding what to wear when heading out can be problematic – we can’t always rely on the weather forecast!

Yesterday, the weather forecast said it was to be dry and sunny, so I jumped on the chance of a drive to Arrochar for a small hill walk. When I got there, it was pissing down. Typical.
(Tip for walking in Scotland: Always bring waterproofs!)
Thankfully, it dried up later on and it ended up being perfect walking weather!

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Speaking of being prepared for the weather, in January, I was not prepared for the snow. Luckily, it only lasted for 2 days (thank GOD) and on one of the days, I enjoyed a stroll in Balloch Park, watching everyone sledging while pelting my boyfriend with snowballs.

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The vlog from both of these days will be linked at the end of this post!

Here are the rest of the photos!

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Also stopped at Firkin Point, Loch Lomond on the way back from Arrochar!

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Balloch Park

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Ben A’an

IMG_2215 As much as I love hill walking, it got put on the back burner after my Italy trip (despite the fact that on holiday, I constantly said I was missing the hills…crazy!). A few weeks after I got back, I decided to get a grip and attempt a smaller hill to easy myself back into it, so I chose the 454m high hill, Ben A’an in the Trossachs area.

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There is currently a temporary path leading to Ben A’an from the Ben Venue car park, which is pretty muddy, so decent shoes are definitely needed for this walk! I haven’t used the usual path, so I can’t tell you what I think about it, but the current one is decent – just don’t wear your best clothes!

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Parking in the Ben Venue car park is £3, although a nice man gave me his ticket (shhh), so I didn’t have to pay.

loved this walk. It took me approx. 1 hour 30 mins to reach the top, but I was constantly stopping to film, take photos and talk to people, so it’ll vary for everyone else. Unfortunately, I had my fair share of embarrassing moments…

  1. As I began to walk up the path I heard someone shout, “EXCUSE ME!” and when I turned back, the man who gave me the ticket yelled “YOU’VE LEFT YOUR CAR DOOR WIDE OPEN!”. So I headed back down, red-faced and realised that I’d left my driver’s side door wide open! What an idiot. Only about 6 or so people witnessed it though…cringe.
  2. About 10 minutes into the walk, I had the overwhelming urge to pee, so I veered off the path to search for a decent bush to do my business behind. It seemed that every bush was visible to other walkers and I was starting to give up until I looked round and saw an old couple staring at me from the path. They were obviously wondering what the hell I was doing, so I pretended to be looking for something. Ugh.
  3. On the way back down, I was trying to avoid slipping in the mud but it was inevitable. I slipped, landed smack down on my bum and fisted the mud with both arms. God.

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Once I’d reached the top, (after being overtaken by quite a few elderly men… putting me to shame!) the views over Loch Katrine were incredible. I spent about half an hour at the top eating my lunch and it was just so peaceful! Where I was sitting, not a soul passed me, and who wouldn’t want to eat lunch while looking at this view?

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I would definitely recommend this hill for someone who doesn’t feel fit enough to climb a Munro. Good practise! Although steep, it’s a great wee climb, not too strenuous.

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If you’re interested in seeing some footage, here is my Ben A’an vlog!

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Climbing my First Munro, Ben Lomond.

Last month, Macb asked me to be a part of their campaign, Unleash Your Bottle, which encouraged people to set challenges for themselves that were out of their comfort zone. My challenge was to film myself doing three things that were out my comfort zone, the first being a dancing in public video in Glasgow City Centre (where I unleashed my best “dad” dance moves and made everyone jealous of my skills). In another of the videos, I tried frogs legs, (a huge deal for me because anyone that knows me knows that I’m extremely fussy!)

I chose to attempt my first munro for my second challenge (the video will be included at the end), so after scanning a list of “easiest munros to climb”, I decided on Ben Lomond. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the word, a munro is a Scottish mountain over 3000ft high, and there are 282 of them. Ben Lomond is Scotland’s most southerly munro and is 3193ft (974m).

After having a look at the route on Walkhighlands, I figured it seemed easy enough and set off to Rowardennan, dragging my friends Zoe and Brad with me.

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To get to the bottom of the mountain, we headed through the information centre, where at the back, the path is clearly signposted. It climbs steadily through woodland for a short while, eventually reaching a clearing (which reminded me of Jurassic Park, but then again, I seem to say that everytime I hike!)

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After about 15 minutes, the sweat was dripping off me (I’m so attractive) and I realised that the climb probably wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought. We joined another path further ahead and continued straight up, where the views started to become gradually more and more amazing.

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 As we climbed, the clouds slowly started to surround us, eventually making everywhere look completely white, and rather eerie.

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After some rather steep parts, the path levelled out along the Sron Aonaich Ridge. Looking down, we could see absolutely nothing but white, which was actually quite peaceful. As we climbed, the temperature gradually dropped and the layers we previously stripped off were back on. 20-30 minutes later, I could finally spot the trig point in the distance.

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Climbing to the top of a mountain and being unable to experience the view gave us a good laugh, along with the ruckus we caused after an enormous insect walked across my shoulder and proceeded to fly into Zoe’s face. After eating our sandwiches, we started the descent and to our delight, the clouds began to clear.

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Overall, the climb took us approximately 3 hours and the descent lasted 2 hours. After recently climbing my second munro (Buachaille Etive Mor, which I’ll also write a blog post about), I can see why this munro is classed as an easier trek than many of the others. It was an enjoyable hike with a brilliant, straightforward path and rewarding views of Loch Lomond.

If you are planning on venturing up this mountain, remember to come prepared and don’t underestimate the Scottish weather. As you can see from these photographs, what may seem like cracking weather at the bottom, can quickly turn into the complete opposite as you get closer to the summit. Decent walking shoes are required, as some of the rocks can slip under your feet during the descent.

I would highly recommend this as a starter munro for anybody. If I can do it, anyone can!

Happy hiking 🙂

Here is my video of the experience!

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