Inveruglas to Loch Sloy Dam is an easy short circular walk on a surfaced road which gives some great views over Loch Lomond.
Last Saturday Lynne and I were fortunate enough to get a really nice (but cold) day to venture out for our first walk of 2015.
We parked the car at the Inveruglas Visitor Centre, by the shores of Loch Lomond and made our way to the glen.
On the way to the road that leads up to the dam we pass by this ancient but picturesque building, Inveruglas Farm.
The West Highland Railway Line passes above us.
If you are ever in Scotland you should take a trip on this line, it is absolutely stunning and steam trips also run on it throughout the year.
Now, what you can see here is Ben Lomond.
Doesn’t it look completely different from when Lynne and I climbed it earlier this year? All snowy looking and cold.
This picturesque walk from Inveruglas to Loch Sloy Dam was also an opportunity for me to practice my photography.
So Lynne (not surprisingly) didn’t want to hang about in the cold and you can see the summit of A’Chrois as she heads up the track without me.
We’ve actually had quite a lot of mild weather in Scotland recently.
So although cold now, the tops of the mountains would usually be covered in deep snow.
However you can see from this close of up A’Chrois that it isn’t really completely covered.
At this point I’m actually beginning to have to run after Lynne.
She seemed determined to make it up the road to the Dam as quickly as possible in order to return to a nice warm car journey home!
I managed to get this photograph looking back on Ben Lomond just as the sunlight hit the top of it.
I quite like this!
Maybe Paramount Pictures would like to buy this from me and change the one they currently use?
Loch Sloy Dam beckons after we have a few more twists and turns in the track.
I wouldn’t say this is a particularly strenuous walk, it being completely on a tarmac road, but the idea was to show Lynne the other Munro’s around this area so that we could walk them together in summer.
I may have succeeded in putting her completely off!! Anyway, it was just nice to get out after all the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
You can walk up the track which goes round the left front of the dam to the top.
Again, we were lucky that this day it wasn’t chucking it down with rain / sleet as it usually does at this time of year, in true Scottish style!
The base of the mountain at the top right of this photo is one I summited a few years ago with some friends.
It’s called Ben Vorlich.
Actually there’s a bit of a story about that mountain as one of my friends boots heals fell off and we had to seriously improvise there by tying it onto the rest of the boot with bits of string so he could get off the mountain!
The water from this dam actually goes through a tunnel down the Glen to a valve house.
Then it goes into 4 huge cylindrical pipes to the power station turbines on the shores of Loch Lomond.
So I think you can see here from Lynne’s face that it’s a bit cold (bracing as we would say in Scotland) and it’s time to head back down to the Visitor Centre at Inveruglas.
Scotland’s just one of those places where you have to keep an eye on the weather forecast.
We’ve been known to have 4 seasons in one day.
When it’s forecast that you are going to get a decent day, then we like to be out and about somewhere. All part of having an active life!
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