Beinn Tulaichean

Beinn Tulaichean is a Scottish mountain munro. It is a superb mountain to climb and on this day in winter we had panoramic views of snowy peaks for miles!

The sun shone and the skies were clear for climbing Beinn Tulaichean last Saturday.

Superb conditions at last for being able to get out of the city and up into the Scottish Highlands for some climbing and clearing out of all that mind clutter!

When you spend long days in work, I find it does the soul good to get out into the fresh air and Scottish countryside when possible.

And this particular day’s climb of Beinn Tulaichean was one of those special days.

Beinn Tulaichean walk in.

It was really disappointing last week when Liam and I had to abort our hill walking attempt of Ben Vorlich for our own safety reasons.

I mean it’s not that we weren’t properly prepared for being out in the mountains in those winter conditions. We’ve all the right safety gear, proper Swiss mountaineering boots, a full set of waterproofs, crampons, ice axes and bivouac sacks.

But we don’t do hillwalking for unsafe thrills. We do it for the enjoyment, for the scenery and for the broadening of the mind. And for the cameraderie too.

Anyway Liam’s first winter climb, last year of Dreish and MayarΒ was pretty spectacular. So I suppose it was Mike and I’s turn this year?

I digress.

Our day out climbing Beinn Tulaichean started on arrival at the small car park, nearΒ Balquhidder, where the church where Rob Roy MacGregor is buried. Yes, that’s the chap Liam Neeson played in that film!

There’s a 30 minute walk to the foot of the mountain of Beinn Tulaichean, from the car park. And, as you can see from picture above, Mike lost no time in making his way there!

Inverlochlarig burn with Beinn Tulaichean to the left.

I’d like to say we are near the end of winter.

But I’m no weather prophet!

So whilst there was no snow on the lowlands in these photographs, only on the tops of the mountains, there may well be up to a foot of it tomorrow!

Inverlochlarig burn.

And I wouldn’t recommend dipping your hand for too long into this river’s water.

Not only is it close to freezing point, but as it’s also the local farmers water supply,

If the shock from the temperature of the water doesn’t knock you, the farmers warning will!

Sign post pointing to Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain and Crianlarich.

There’s 7 mountains of munro status in this part of Scotland.

It’s possible to do all of them in a day. In about 15 hours of non-stop walking!

We were just aiming for the one, Beinn Tulaichean.

That would be enough to be able to shake off the cobwebs and for Mike and I to catch up on everything that’s been going on lately.

I’ve known Mike since school. You might remember him from a previous trip I wrote about here,Β Ben Cruachan and Oban Weekend?

We spent the majority of our school and university holidays camping and climbing in these mountains.

Nowadays with work and family commitments, we try and get out at least once a month. But even then, and I’m sure you’ll understand with your own commitments, it’s not always easy is it?

Looking South from Beinn Tulaichean.

I’d been checking up on the weather throughout the week before our climb of Beinn Tulaichean was scheduled.

Throughout that time I had been getting more and more excited as increasingly the forecast was really good!

The actual forecast for the day when it arrived was “most places dry and bright with sunny spells, the best of these over Stirlingshire and western Perthshire”.

Well, that was exactly where we were, Stirlingshire, so we couldn’t have asked for better!

Mike putting on his crampons on the snowline of Beinn Tulaichean.

After we’d climbed up the grassy sodden slopes of Beinn Tulaichean it was time to “gear up”. Aka it was time to get the serious winter footwear on!

When we’d left the car, the outside temperature was hovering just around the freezing mark. Further up the mountain, here where Mike is putting his crampons on it was about -5C.

We certainly weren’t feeling it though. Both of us were sweating and the sun beating down was actually making us question if we should have brought the sun tan lotion!

Looking down at our crampons and an ice axe.

So with both of us ready for the next and final part of the climb to the summit it was time to head off!

Only after taking a “selfie” of our crampons and ice axes.

We figured it was better looking at them than our sweaty faces anyway. πŸ˜‰

Snowy slopes of Beinn Tulaichean munro.

I’ll admit I took so many pictures that it probably added a good half an hour to our climb last Saturday but it was so worth it.

And as always I thank my other half for selecting the best to tell the story of the day.

Otherwise I’d still be stuck in Lightroom editing them and who knows when they’d be finished.

View looking north from Tulaichean.

Pretty stunning eh?

This was the view (above) looking North before summiting.

And, not a breath of wind either!

Mike standing with his arms in the air at the summit of Beinn Tulaichean.

Finally we reached the summit Here Mike posed for the obligatory summit photo.

The summit behind him is Cruach Ardrain.

We could have gone on to do that summit as part of the other 7 Munro’s, but we’d only planned food for one, so that was enough.

We didn’t want to be caught short on a mountain with limited supplies.

Looking South with Mike running down from the summit.

This is the view looking South.

Glasgow is about 100 miles away, a two hour drive.

Hidden behind the second ridge of hills in the far distance.

Foot steps in the snow looking back up to the summit.

We had made our own way up to the summit, largely creating our own footsteps in the snow.

However, on the way down we were able to follow others footsteps which meant a safe and proven route down.

We had only met two other people the whole day, whilst going up. And their dog!

Looking down glen to Inverlochlarig.

Back where the snowline ended we took off our crampons.

Without footsteps in the snow to follow we made our way slowly down the hillside.

We headed for an old track at the bottom of the glen which would lead us back down to the car park.

Track down to Inverlochlarig.

And from that track we were able enjoy the views and reminisce on past hill walking adventures as well as to begin planning our next one!

I know I’m incredibly lucky to be able to experience and enjoy fantastic scenery and days out like this.

I live in an amazingly beautiful country. When you can see it through the rain and grey skies!

But when you do, this is what lies beneath and it is truly is magical.

Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed his, and if you did, have you checked out the other hill walking pictures?

18 Comments

  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Wow, what absolutely stunning scenery, and you really wouldn’t think this was Scotland. It just goes to show how much beauty there is on our own door step.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

      Thanks Dannii, it was a truly amazing day. Absolutely perfect conditions.

      I know, I’m so lucky to be able to leave Glasgow and get to mountains and scenery like this in just a couple of hours.

      And we only met 3 people all day. Can you believe that? All that beauty and only 3 people out to see it! πŸ™‚

  2. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    That’s it. Scotland is going on my list of places I need to visit. How gorgeous are those views!?!? Great job on picking out great shots, Lynne! I’ll be headed out to the mountains this weekend myself, but I’ll be riding down them instead of trying to climb up them πŸ˜†

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

      Yay! You MUST come to Scotland and let Lynne and I be your guide! πŸ™‚

      Plus you can also do your snow boarding here too. Although the mountains are smaller that yours so the ski runs aren’t quite as long πŸ˜‰

  3. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    Crazy gorgeous, and since when does the weather actually cooperate for you? Amzaing how quickly it becomes snow. And that view from the top? Beyond spectacular. I would totally hurt myself with an ice axe and cramp ons. Just a bad idea.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

      Let me be your expert guide Suz! We’ll soon have you all strapped in and completely safe from self harm with your ice axe and crampons.

      I’m thinking mittens with the piece of string that holds them together so you can’t loose them either, for you! πŸ˜†

  4. Jennifer

    Wow. that’s is beautiful I am not a fan of the snow and cold, but I am pretty sure I would make an exception to enjoy that hike and view. πŸ™‚

    • Jennifer

      How many hours did the hike take?

      • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

        That one was about 5 hours Jennifer. But we were slower than usual due to me taking so many pictures! πŸ˜‰

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

      Thanks Jennifer, it’s definitely worth the hike for the view.

      And we didn’t really notice the cold. Only when we stopped briefly to put on our crampons or to grab a quick bite to eat. πŸ™‚

  5. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass

    WOW. Absolutely stunning. This is not the Scotland I’ve ever pictured. Maybe I’ve been picturing it all wrong. My bucket list keeps getting longer, but I’ll have to add this to it!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

      Thanks Jessie. If you had previously pictured Scotland as being pretty wet, then you would be right! πŸ˜‰

      But occasionally, just occasionally we get days like this one. Which makes you all the more cherish them.

      Thanks for your comment.:D

  6. Hollie

    Wow this is stunning. I’ve been to Scotland before (I have relatives that live on the Orkneys) but I’ve never seen this aspect. It’s gorgeous and thank for sharing.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

      You have relatives that live in the Orkneys Hollie? πŸ™‚

      Well, you have one over me there. The Orkneys are a part of Scotland we’ve never yet visited. It’s on the bucket list though!

      Make sure you pop in for a cuppa next time you’re over here. πŸ˜‰

  7. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    O wow! It really is all so beautiful and amazing! I would be awe-struck!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

      It’s easy to understand why that might happen Rebecca. Scotland was looking particularly good this day. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  8. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    I so enjoyed this post, like I do all your hiking/walking posts, Neil! It’s so nice to get a look at Beinn Tulaichean through your lenses – wow – it’s simply stunning! That snow line is so abrupt – I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it in real life!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com

      Thanks Shashi! Glad you enjoyed the pics.

      Yeah, it does suddenly go from no snow to lots of snow doesn’t it? I never thought of that before. That’s why it’s always nice to see the pics and view through other people’s eyes too. I think it helps me see it from a different perspective too. πŸ™‚

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