Glen Tarken (north side of Loch Earn)
It was going so well too…I’d picked a great route…the sun was shining…our approach to the Graham Creag Each from Loch Earn was sheltered from the strong northerlies which had blasted the tank as they swept mercilessly down Loch Lubnaig an hour earlier…so why was I so pissed off!
A bloody great herd of cows…that’s why!
They saturated the landscape, sweeping down from a high pasture on the slopes of Creag Each across the track blocking our access to the corrie end beyond. We could have headed up the steeper slopes to our left, but today wasn’t about battling with heather and bracken…or big coos. Worse was to come…a vanguard of a dozen or so suddenly appeared over a hump in the track in front clearly intent on a bit of invader mugging. We scuttled back down the track as the lumbering bovines pressed on towards us.
Today was a gentle run-out for FD to make sure that the left shoulder problem in evidence earlier last week was now a thing of the past and that she’d be ok for a bit of Munro bashing on Tuesday. If the walk was now a bit of a dog’s dinner at least The Fatdog had passed muster.
On a positive note the view down Loch Earn had been worth coming for. We’ll sneak back in the winter when the beasts are safely corralled in their barn because this looks a great walk.