Callander Weekend March 2020

Margaret heading up Sgiath a’ Chaise

As it turned out this weekend was the last opportunity we had to travel and meet as a group. 10 of us stayed at the hostel in the centre of Callander, which was in a state of repair, so not on our list of preferred hostels at the moment.
Due to the weather forecast (especially for the Saturday) a few decided to head off early on the Friday to get some exercise in by venturing up a small hill near Callander (no great shakes).
On the Saturday the main group travelled by car for 45 minutes to Loch Katerine, only to find the Graham we intended doing was not accessible from Stronachlachar Pier due to landslides around the shore road. After some discussion we decided on walking on the old military road to Inversnaid. This was easily the best suggestion as it was a relatively easy flat walk with changeable scenery, and involved a coffee break at the Inversnaid Hotel and lunch on our return to the Stronachlachar Pier tea room, which served excellent food. The weather was dreich but the rain was light and we did get views across Loch Lomond. A self isolation group of 2 ventured up Sgiath a’ Chaise, and it seems that they definitely had the better of the weather.
On the Sunday as it was pouring down people went their separate ways, a small group of 3 climbed Ben Venue and were rewarded with good views. That’s Scottish weather for you, very changeable.

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