Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas




There's nothing like an Easter Sunday walk to bring the crowds out. With that in mind I was determined to start early from the National Trust visitor centre. Having arrived there before 9 am, I found the car park practically empty bar a couple of other enthusiastic people. Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers are the highest Munros in the Lawers range sitting at 1103m and 1214m respectively. They are also one of the easier Munros to complete for a couple of reasons. First off the National Trust car park that is the starting point of the climb is situated at over 400m above sea level. Secondly there is a well defined track from the centre all the way up the two Munros makes progress steady going even in bad conditions. The weather during this walk was on the bright side, dare I say it could have almost been mistaken for summer if it hadn’t been for the smattering of snow at the top of Ben Lawers. I managed to ascend Beinn Ghlas in 1 hour 28mins and was at the top of Ben Lawers in just over 2 hours. My original intention was to carry on Meall Garbh, however that changed when I saw how far the path descended before rising again to An Stuc. The laziness in me had decided that 2 Munros was enough for 1 day. The picture on the left is from the top of Ben Lawers looking towards An Stuc and Lochan nan Cat while the right hand picture is looking towards Ben Lawers from Beinn Ghlas

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