Finally I have some time to tell you guys about Jamie’s and my amazing day on Monday. I’ve been wanting to get of the city for so long and on Monday we had the perfect opportunity! Both of us were off work and the weather forecast looked promising, although you can never truly know with the weather here in Scotland 😉
Jamie had previously done this hill walk before, which is why we chose to Beinn Narnain, we weren’t prepared enough to have a trail map either so better to be safe than get lost somewhere in the Highlands. On the way to the bus we grabbed food from Prêt a Manger, we weren’t too prepared and both of us had been working the entire weekend. I think you could tell when we were up on the mountain that we were rookies to the hill walking scene with our Prêt takeout haha.
Arrochar, where Beinn Narnain is located is really easy to get to from Glasgow. We took bus 926 from Buchanan Bus Station (about 24 pounds return for the both of us) and arrived in Arrochar just after one. It was slightly cloudy when we arrived but as we got closer to the top the sun gradually came out.
The scenery was just insane. Even when you were standing there trying to absorb everything you couldn’t grasp how something so beautiful could actually exist. It looked like a painting. Since it was a Monday there weren’t that many people out and we were the only ones at the top when we eventually reached it. It took us 2 hours and 45 minutes to reach the peak and we stopped to have our lunch along the way and some water breaks. Poor Jamie had been working non-stop the entire weekend so his legs were already quite tired so we took our time, it was nice to not be in a rush.
I thought the way down was trickier and my shoes really weren’t the best for hill walking, I managed to fall five times on the way down… Luckily I didn’t hurt myself! We tried to pick up the pace on the way down to catch the bus just after six but despite our efforts we missed it. It took us two hours to get down from the peak and that involved running at some points in the hopes we would make it.
We ended up having an amazing time sitting in the sun playing cards with some drinks by Loch Long, beer for Jamie and tea for me. Luckily I brought cards in case something like this would happen! It was amazing and we then got the bus just after eight back to Glasgow.
I still can’t believe how ridiculously lucky we were with the weather that day and we could see so far from where we were standing at the top. This is truly a day I will remember and I really hope Jamie and will do another hill walk soon! It’s just amazing moving and doing something active, other than going for food or the usual stuff you end up doing in the city!