At the weekend, the dog and I went for a walk in the woods above the charming little town of Inveraray on Loch Fyne. I parked up at the apex of the walk, intending on climbing the forest path over Leachan Mor before descending the Coille-bhraghad and stopping at the town for a bite to eat, From there it is a flat walk past Inveraray Castle and along the River Aray back to the car.
The weather looked to be very hot so I packed plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen but in the end the clouds came over and made it pleasantly cool. Warm enough for a t-shirt but cool enough to remain comfortable.
The initial climb (not particularly strenuous) gave views back to the Arrochar Alps with the peak of Beinn Ime disappearing periodically into low cloud.
The path continued along the valley, eventually curving back towards Loch Fyne and down the Coille-bhraghad.
At the bottom of the path as the land flattens dramatically, there was a small monument which seemed to be fairly new, yet commemorated the death of a young woman in 1942. Later I discovered that her body had been found close to that spot and to date her murderer had never been found. The details can be found here.
Inveraray was packed with day-trippers but I found a convenient bench by the waterside to sit and eat my lunch, Lucky was happy for some of my egg sandwich and a bowl of water.
We continued on past Inveraray Castle, the seat of the Duke of Argyll and the home of Campbell power in the SW Highlands.
The walk was around 7 miles and though there was some climbing, it was suitable for most walkers.