This is another great walk for those looking to walk their first Munro, or bag a relatively easy one! It is a little longer than the last one I posted (two Munros above the Glenshee Ski Centre) but good path work by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland has transformed the lower reaches of the route, making the going much easier. (There used to be a huge amount of boggy ground to negotiate which could put off the most determined of hillwalkers.)
This means pinewoods and birch woods higher up can be enjoyed to the full and at this time of year you may be lucky enough to hear the call of the cuckoo.
As you gain more open ground a wonderful burn is followed – the Allt Coire Dubhchraig. If you don’t linger along here to admire the pools, falls and layers of rock then you must have blinkers on. I have set off late and ended up having a long lunch here before continuing up to the top. The views are stupendous, with countless mountain tops to be seen.
A lot of people include Ben Oss but the fine weather on a recent visit meant it didn’t feel like the sort of day to be rushing up and down too many peaks so I lingered again – letting the sun begin to slip down before making my way back down.
DISTANCE: 9 miles / 14.5km.
HEIGHT CLIMBED: 2,640ft / 805m.
TIME: 5 to 6 hours.
MAP: OS Landranger 50.
PARK: Turn off the A82 at Dalrigh, a mile south of Tyndrum. There is a car park a few yards down the single track road, on the left.
THE ROUTE: Continue down the single-track road you drove in on, go through a gate and then over a bridge above the River Fillan before turning right, up a track which rises to follow a railway line.
Further on, cross another bridge, over the railway line, and immediately bear right, on a new path being built by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland. You reach a new wooden footbridge which is a vast improvement on the old, ramshackle crossing over the Allt Gleann Auchreoch. Go left on the other side, along a good path which used to be something of a bog festival.
It does become boggy for a short while before bearing right, into pinewoods. The path eventually leads out of the woodland, through more boggy sections and up the Allt Coire Dubhchraig. A series of rocky gorges, waterfalls and pools are passed before the top of a corrie is reached, next to a couple of lochans with views of Ben Oss and Ben Lui.
Turn left to go up the broad ridge to reach the summit of Beinn Dubhchraig – it is the second of two – with more views; down Loch Lomond to the Arrochar Alps and across to Ben More, above Crianlarich. Retrace your steps to the start.