29th to 31st October 2004 - Aberfeldy
This was our first visit to Glassie Farm which has superb location on the
hillside above Aberfeldy. The down side of the location is that the route
to the bunkhouse involves a one mile drive up a very steep forest road with
only miniscule signs to point the way - obviously our navigation skills were
up to par as no-one got lost.
Saturday was a day of mixed fortune - Lesley, Dennis, Owen and Christine
all opted to stay near Aberfeldy and were thwarted by a mixture of stalking
and road level clag. Kenny managed to complete his cycle to Amulree but
also reported that it had been fairly miserable.
Four groups opted to go down Glen Lyon and were rewarded with stunning
autumnal scenery and reasonable visibility for most of the day. However,
plans for the Glen Lyon four were thwarted by the "STALKING TODAY" notice at
Invervar. Close inspection of the notice (for signs that it had been up
every day for weeks) and the drawing pins (for rust) yielded no evidence and
so the Glen Lyon "four" had to be abandoned. Instead a variety of hills in
the West of Glen Lyon and Ben Lawers range were climbed. Alan R, Alison W
and Victoria were the most ambitious, completing Stuchd an Lochain, Meall
Buidhe and two Corbetts as well.
Plans for Sunday were a mixture of repeats for those who didn't manage to
bag their hill on Saturday, Ben Chonzie and a massed assault on the two
Corbetts (Farragon Hill and Meall Tairneachan) starting from the bunkhouse.
Only half the group managed to complete both hills with Alison C complaining
bitterly that Bill B was too fast.