The plan for the trip home from Killin was to climb Ben Lawers. This was fairly near the campsite but just a little too far to walk there. I headed along the A827 and with a little trepidation I turned up the narrow winding one track road to the car park at the foot of the hill. Parked up and discovered another campervan of similar vintage sitting there.

It was starting to rain as I set off thus it was on with the waterproofs. The walk up the hill was strenuous but enjoyable. The route starts in a nature reserve. The National Trust for Scotland are trying to preserve some of the plant life and have a reserve fenced off from the sheep. This contains a nature trail that is a pleasant walk in itself but for me it was onwards and upwards. The route snakes up the side of Ben Ghlass first and then onto a wide path before the final ascent of Ben Lawers. The Mountain Weather Information Service promised clear summits but this was not to be. I was well into the cloud by the half way point. The path between Beinn Ghlas and Lawers runs along a flat and wide ridge but is was a surreal experience to look either side of the path and just see white cloud. I hit the summit and had a seat by the trig point for a drink and bite to eat.

Downwards then, passing several groups on the way up. Then back to the van and a complete change of clothes. The waterproofs are good at keeping the rain off but make you sweat something terrible.

The journey home was uneventful getting back to the house about 4pm to dump everything in the washing machine and sit down to contemplate another trip done.

Ben Lawers Nature trail

Ben Lawers Nature trail

Ben Lawers

Ben Lawers

Ben Lawers

Ben Lawers

Ben Lawers

Ben Lawers