It was after 2pm when me and the Fatdog jumped into the car and headed out for the Trossachs. Quite late in the day, but this was just a quick dog walk to check out the trail from Brig o’ Turk into Glen Finglas. It’s been in my mind for a while to do the “Glen Finglas Round” which is to all intents and purposes the 20+km circumnavigation of the hill known as Meall Cala (674m) and this little jaunt would give me an idea of at least the start of the walk. The weather forecast had hinted at the possibility of bright skies towards the west later in the day, so I was hoping for the chance of a decent sunset. Didn’t happen. Dull grey was the winter sky’s colour of choice, other than a bit further west where annoyingly out of reach patches of blue suggested that I should have travelled a little bit further.
By 3pm we were out of the car at the car park just off the A821 at Lendrick Lodge. Crossing a new looking bridge, then past a field of animated young bullocks, we took the path into the bare branched deciduous woodland beyond. The map shows a whole swath of mixed forest but most of it is now firewood. It only took a few minutes before we were beyond the trees and on the open hillside when scattered long bare trunks looked embarrassed by the absence decent foliage.
The path was a cracker though. All that was missing was the hard shoulder, the central reserve and the odd service station. Its maintained gravel surface was easy underfoot as we climbed up to the 250m contour, skirted around the face of the hill then dropped into Glen Finglas to join up with the tarmacked access road from Brig o’ Turk.
Just before reaching the road there is a great viewpoint looking towards the south end of the reservoir towards the top of the dam. We ambled along the road for 10 minutes until reaching the pastureland at the side of the loch. I looked at the watch…time to head back. We’ll be back.