The intrepid 12 set off from St Bride’s at 9AM sharp on a fairly cold, dull and rainy morning in three cars. We picked up another would-be walker at Stirling Services making the number up to a baker’s dozen. After a comfort break at Aberfoyle we arrived at Kinlochard about 10.30AM and by the time we kitted up it was about 10.40AM when we started walking – the weather was still cold and dull with a few spots of rain.
We set off with a more senior gentleman at the head setting a very comfortable pace. Others lagged behind a little admiring the views and taking pictures. As we walked through woodland, by lochside and sometimes on more open terrain the weather gradually improved. The rain went off, cloud lifted from surrounding hills, although never clearing them completely, blue sky appeared and we were treated to the occasional shaft of sunshine – wonderful.
There was some good humoured banter regarding the ‘hills’ on a walk which had been described as ‘fairly flat’ and this helped to foster positive relationships within the group.
When we reached the highest point on the route we decided to rest, feed ourselves and take in the best views of the day. One of the party produced a flask of homemade lentil soup in which one could have stood a spoon – it was so delicious that he has been requested to bring a whole pot of soup next time but we could not agree who should carry it!! Loch Ard was resplendent in the spring sunshine (and occasional light shower) whilst Ben Lomond intermittently revealed a snow capped summit as its crown of cloud rose and fell in the passing showers. At one point we were even treated to a rainbow over the Loch.