The Mighty Wallace!

The sun seems to have popped his head form out behind those grey, wispy low clouds this past couple of days and yesterday and today have seen the bluest skies for a while.  My feet were starting to get itchy not having been on a mini adventure for a wee while so off I popped to a local hot spot to see this mighty giant they call Wallace… Wallace Monument.  It was late on when i set out but i made my way up the track to the monument itself to catch the great views to the North and Crianlarich hills, to the West and the Trossachs and to the East and Ochils and very much in the distance Knockhill.  The views are awesome and if you get them on a good day at the right time you can see some wonderful sights watching the colours of the sky change.

There’s been a new path made alongside the original path up to the Monument itself.  There’s the one the wee mini bus drives the lazy locals and tourists up and there’s a new gently sloping path that is for walking up only.  I chose the steeper mini bus route then into the trees near the top gave a little respite from the unusually hot sun. This is when i finally caught sight of the mighty beast that is the Wallace Monument. And boy is it a big one!!!!

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I made my way up and then finally to the flat area in front of the monument where the benches are to sit and watch the views come and go as the light changes.  This was a good day and a great time to be visiting.  It was after closing time so not many people about except a few Americans and other people who were so obviusly tourists.  The views.  Well they didn’t disappoint and the hills appeared to be closer than they were the last time i visited here.  They were a blue grey colour in the not too distant horizon and you could easily pick them out.  Ben Lomond, The Cobbler, Ben Ime… then further along were Ben Venue, Ben Ledi, Stob Binnein, Ben More and finally Stuc a Chroin and Ben Vorlich up by Lochearnhead.

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Yeah they were looking lovely today.  Bet they were mobbed.  After sitting for a while taking in the vista i turned my attention on the beast behind me!!!  It is MAHOOSIVE!!!!!  no word of a lie!

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People were staring at me… but i think it was because they were thinking “Jee whizz that Wee Bru is tiny compared to that big monument”  i could tell…  I larked aroudn for a wee while and then headed off back down the track and home… but not before more photies.  Hope you all like them.

Wee Bru :o)

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And finally…  a great trio of hills… you can even see those ridges on the back end of Ben Lomond! – look closer…

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My first adventure – Ben Lomond

My first adventure was back in July 2009.  I took a trip to Loch Lomond and climbed Ben Lomond with A.  We had a great day and i got wonderful views of Ben Nevis.  It took us about 5 and a half hours but was well worth the slog up that Ptarmigan Ridge.  Oh but my goodness it was a busy hill that day.  A day that turned out to be one of the few days of sunshine we’ve had here in Scotland this summer.  But that’s ok though.  Cos we Scots like the Winter too!

Lunch break

This is me at our snack stop on a rock halfway up the Ptarmigan Ridge.  That’s The Cobbler in the distance.  I hope to get up that mountain one day but i’ll wait ’til Ange suggests that trip first.  It could be a tough day.

Ben Nevis

This is me lookng North towards Ben Nevis.  Now… one day I hope to get to the top of that mountain too!  It’s the highest mountain in Britian don’t you know reaching 1,344m high.  Wow.  I’ll be knackered by the time i get to that summit!

So that friends was my first adventure.  I hope you liked it as much as i did.

See you later

Wee Bru