For their midsummer walk, Blairgowrie and District hill walking club had planned a demanding walk through the Gaick Pass but had insufficient numbers to merit running a bus to support the walkers. Instead, members opted to break into small groups and take advantage of the superb weather with one group travelling west to climb Bidean nam Bian, the highest mountain in Argyll and another trio revisiting Corrie Fee in Glen Doll.
Last October, the club had an excellent talk about mountain flowers and so the group visiting Corrie Fee was pleased to find some alpine plants amongst the regular wild flowers in the stunning amphitheatre of Corrie Fee. The group traveling to Argyll commenced their day out in the Pass of Glen Coe in what was to be come a memorable day for all the right reasons, clear blue skies, gentle warm breeze and dry underfoot conditions. The group started by heading south from the pass, climbing up through one of the Three Sisters valleys, Coire nan Lochan, to the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan. This vantage point gave unsurpassed views over the Aonach Eagach Ridge and as far as Ben Nevis to the North West. From here the group continued South to the Summit of Bidean nam Bain, the highest point in the Glen Coe region with even more spectacular views in every direction. The circuit was completed by taking a detour to a second Munro of the day, Stob Coire Sgreamhach, and a descent through the “Lost valley” back to the starting point. A pleasant drive home in late evening sunshine completed a great day out.