Today was a momentous occasion in Rory’s life: his first Munro. He’s been up lots of hills this year, including three ascents of Ben Ledi! But until today he had never bagged a Munro.
Chris had heard reports of ring ouzel and ptarmigan on Meall Ghaordaidh, and hoped to add them to his Stirlingshire year list. We set off for Killin with our friends Ben and Helen, and headed off up the hill.
Chris and Ben on the ascent, with Glen Lochay behind.
Despite walking at a fairly leisurely pace, we reached the top in 3 hours.
Helen, Chris and Ben with Rory at the summit.
Despite a forecast for the weather taking a turn for the worst in the afternoon, we only had a brief shower of rain, and the cloud lifted from the top, allowing us to get a good view to the north.
Glen Lyon from the summit.
We took a different route down.
Eventually we got back to the car and celebrated with hot chocolate and cookies.
Rory has been given a bath and the obligatory tick check and is now lying beside me on the sofa in his favourite position, with all four paws in the air. And I’m afraid Chris didn’t see any ring ouzel or ptarmigan. A good day, nonetheless.