Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Kyle Mountain Club

The Kyle Mountain Club has managed to keep active within the advisory and legal constraints of the past 9 months.

The committee has met monthly with zoom sessions and an online AGM. The meets secretary has managed to defer our accommodation bookings away without financial loss and has a full programme of monthly weekends booked for 2021 into 2022 which, pending enough members receiving vaccinations, it is hoped to resume as soon as restrictions are lifted.

Day walks in small groups within South Ayrshire have continued with a variety of types ranging from the highest point in South Ayrshire on Kirriereoch at 780m medium hills such as Haggis hill down to parts of the coastal path at sea level. With 312 named mountains in the region there are still plenty more to enjoy.

After Christmas 7 of us and two dogs enjoyed a walk on the Smugglers trail at, finishing up on the ramparts of impressive Dundonald castle.


At the time of writing we can only walk in pairs, but hope to resume in groups when it is safe and legal to do so.

Len Foreman


Tuesday, 18 February 2020

 Inverardran Cottage, Crianlarich - 14th / 15th February

Nine people attended the meeting in the Ochils’ Mountaineering Club Cottage, Crianlarich.


On Friday evening we enjoyed a meal in the Ben More Hotel next door where we were well looked after.


On the Saturday rain and strong winds prevented high level walks. A plan was hatched to walk the old railway track from Lochearnhead to Killin using two cars one left in Killin. Upon reaching the car park in Killin the plan was changed to ascend the path at the Birks of Aberfeldy.

Following a coffee in the Aberfeldy Mill the walk started up past the boards and statues celebrating the poem written by Robert Burns. The Burn was in full spate making a spectacular and noisy walk from the centre of town to the top of the upper falls, ice in places making things treacherous underfoot.

When attempting the return journey in the car we were informed that the road to Kenmore was flooded requiring a detour through the exiting village of Dull.

7 people completed the Birks walk while two others made their way to Tyndrum.

In the evening the group shared a meal of aperitifs with nibbles, Pates with oatcakes, beef stroganoff with rice, Dunfillan Pudding with custard, followed by cheese port and chocolates by the fire in the sitting room.

In the morning Jan treated the group to a breakfast of rolls filled with square sausage.

Although the weekend was not good for walking a convivial time was had by all.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Blackrock Cottage, Glencoe: 17th - 19th Jan.

This year we had a informal Burns Supper at our January meet.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Christmas bothy trip – Polmood, 7th/8th Dec. 

Polmood is one of the Borders Bothies, a lovely wee place.

This year we made it a full weekend with 6 members going down for 2 nights and another 2 joining for just the Saturday night. Elspeth & Allan W also joined us for our walk on the Saturday which went from the Megget Stone over Cairn Law, Broad Law, Cramalt Craig, Dun Law and Fifescar Knowe to Dollar Law. From there we headed down to the road at the Megget Reservoir to pick up a car left earlier. 

Jackie & Chris (& Barney) headed back to Polmood from Broad Law while Len, John, Elspeth, Allan W and Ian decided that they were not yet wet enough and so continued on to make sure we were well drookit. 

Stuart completed a shorter walk starting at the bothy while Joe & Colin came down on Sat afternoon. 

On both Friday & Saturday nights and Sunday breakfast we enjoyed group catering – thanks to all who contributed.

Organised by Joe

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Dinner Meet, Callandar Bunkhouse: 15th - 16th Nov.

We had a great turn out for the annual dinner in Callander. 
Most of the group gathered in Greg’s Bistro for tea on Friday night before scattering to our respective hostelries around the town.

Callander Bunkhouse hosted the dinner again. An excellent meal and great chat lead to a successful evening. After Len welcomed everyone, Colin started the proceedings with grace. At the end of the meal Stuart proposed the toast to Absent Friends and Elspeth to the KMC. Jan passed on the quaich to Colin for his contribution to the club.

Unusually for us, the weather on Saturday was dry, bright and cold. Eight members conquered Benvane while smaller groups walked the Strathyre circuit, Kingshouse to Callandar and a solo cycle to Aberfoyle and back.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Raeburn Hut, Laggan - 18th / 20th October 

A select band of John, Frank, Jackie and Barney headed to Raeburn Hut with dismal hopes on the weather report.  

Despite rain during the first night, Saturday dried up to a fresh sunny day. Frank stayed indoors to nurse a heavy cold while the others had a brisk walk from Dalwhinnie to Ben Alder Lodge and back along the shore of Loch Ericht. We shared the hut with a family from England who having walked on Friday, spent most of Saturday listening to the rugby! 

Another sociable weekend.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Rum Bunkhouse, Rum - 13th / 15th September 

The September meet of the Kyle Mountain Club saw eight members plus Barney head for the Isle of Rum.

Friday morning, we all met at Mallaig harbour around 11.30 for ferry leaving 12.30 and had a choice either to take a small Staffa tours boat or a small Calmac ferry and only Ian boarded the Staffa boat for a much rougher, although quicker, crossing due to very windy conditions.

After a short 15 minute walk to the well appointed bunkhouse we unloaded bags, food and drink and made up our bedding in the two dormitories. Meal at night was Jan’s Chicken and Pasta dish followed by Moira’s Plum Crumble and custard provided by Bob.  Only one casualty after the journey as Barney was sick after drinking too much water, surely a KMC first.

Saturday morning was wet and windy therefore Bob, Ian, Frank and John decided to walk to Guirdil bothy only to be stopped 1k short as burn impassable due to flooding at crossing point.
Len, Jan, Moira, Jackie and a recovered Barney went to the viewpoint, tearoom and a tour of Kinloch Castle although it is now in a sorry condition. Evening meal was John’s Sweet Chilli with Basmati rice followed by Len and June’s Rhubarb Crumble and custard.

Sunday morning was a vast improvement, dry and sunny weather. Bob, Len, Ian and Barney set off for the Rum Cuillin with Bob ascending Hallivel and Askival before returning via the Dibidal path (admitted to getting slightly lost). Len, Ian and Barney climbed Barkeval and Trallival using outward Coire Dubh path back to the bunkhouse. John and Frank ventured on another bothy walk this time to Dibidal and once again were thwarted by a raging burn too dangerous to jump just 1/2k short of bothy.
Jan, Moira and Jackie enjoyed a walk to Kilmory village and visited the beach before returing via the tearoom. Last meal provide by Jackie and Ian was Cassoulet followed by Frank’s Apple Pie with cream or remaining custard.

Monday morning meant packing up after breakfast and transferring our bags to the pier before Calmac ferry at 15.10 arriving 17.40 at Mallaig.
Jan, Moira and Jackie visited newly built forestry commission houses with Len, Frank and John walking for lunch at the otter hide with Ian and Barney staying at the pier.

All three nights were spent in the bunkhouse and after mealtimes all were completed with the usual good humoured chats and a drink or two and also entertainment from two fiddlers who were members of another group staying at the bunkhouse.

Many thanks to all for another excellent weekend.