It was cold and breezy in the morning, with the threat of rain so I put on my waterproof trousers before leaving the tent. My Paclite trousers are light, comfortable and warm when the wind starts blowing – and the various patches of repair tape give me a certain amount of hill-cred, I’m sure. Despite many attempts to buy “proper” hillwalking trousers, I always revert to Ron Hills and lightweight waterproofs. A versatile combination in my experience.
As I crossed the dam, I wondered why someone had seen fit to put this sign up?
I mean, would someone really wander round looking for Loch Ericht and only know they’d found it because it had a sign? Odd.
Having taken several opportunities to follow my FWAs over the first few days, I now contrarily stuck to my main route despite the weather being absolutely Foul, with a capital “F”. The early morning mist had now thickened and, as I went higher, the cloud was all around me and visibility was down to not-very-far-at-all.
I left the track and walked E to Beinn Bhoidheach and Beinn Mholach (Corbett). My GPS was now out of its sulk and I left it switched on during this low visibility patch but I really just used my compass to head due East. Beinn Mholach has a summit cairn and a Trig Pillar and, apparently, there are great views to be had from the top. However, I had to use my GPS to find the cairn as I couldn’t see it until I got close.
I don’t have many photos for the rest of the afternoon, probably because the weather didn’t really encourage me to stop and admire the view. I was heading for a pitch between the two blocks of forest at the NW end of Loch Errochty. I could not tell from the map whether I’d have to drop through the gap from the N or if I’d be able to follow the shore. I’d turned off my GPS and, on reflection, I’m still a bit confused about exactly what line I was taking as I approached the loch. For some reason I felt that I would have had to climb up the hill to go around the forest….. but the map suggests that I should have gone downhill. Maybe it was just the undulating hillside acting as an optical illusion? Anyway, I was glad that there was plenty of dry ground between the forest and the loch so I could just follow the shore.
I camped near to the ruin at NN668656. The lie of the land meant that I could not see the loch from my tent but I was still pretty happy with the view: