Once again a good turnout for the walk to Glen Ample on Sunday, continuing the current trend. There was a change of plan for this walk due to the severe weather forecast for the area and in particular the higher tops. With heavy snow falling and accumulating as we approached Loch Earn, it was agreed that the option of ascending Stuc a' Chroin would be abandoned in favour of a low level route through Glen Ample. The group all tackled the same walk starting in Lochearnhead and following the A84 South for 1km to reach the South Loch Earn road and then South at Falls of Edinample on the track through Glen Ample. The Glen started of quite wide and flat, but slowly narrows and becomes steep sided after the watershed as Loch Lubnaig approached.
Snow fell for most of the walk with only brief periods of respite and the wind varied in strength and mostly into the walkers faces. Brief glimpses of Ben Vorlich, Stuc a' Chroin and Beinn Each could be seen through the swirling mist and obvious spindrift on the higher ridges. A substantial heard of Red deer could be seen in the distance getting some shelter lower down on the slopes on Meall nan Oighreag. Little else in the way of wild life was spotted, probably due to the weather. All walkers arrived at Loch Lubnaig by around 2:30pm to be met by the coach for a safe journey home in spring like conditions, which was in complete contrast to the earlier Winter conditions.
Attached Image, Robert and Iain near the Watershed in Glen Ample with Meall nan Oighreag in the background.