Has anybody got any sun cream? I think I’d better pack my sun hat. I’m going to wear my shorts. I’d better get my sunglasses out of the car.
Nobody had ever uttered such statements at a Munro Society meet before (or probably will ever do again)! It was Saturday morning at the Ariundle Bunkhouse in Strontian and spring had well and truly sprung, the sun was splitting the sky and it was warm and dare I say it, hot?
The weather usually takes a turn for the worse as soon as more than 10 TMS members congregate in one place, and the arrival day on Friday 10th May proved to be no different. We took a deep breath and paid the £8.50 for a short hop across Loch Linnhe on the Corran Ferry into the Munro free zone of Ardgour. Strontian was a new venue for meets and, with a plethora of Corbetts, Grahams and Marilyns to choose from, proved to be a good choice.
Many chose to either climb something on the way to the bunkhouse, while others arrived early and did something locally. That evening several people adjourned to the bar and plans for the weekend were made, often becoming more ambitious in light of the fantastic weather forecast for the following few days.
On Saturday there was a convoy of people walking up Strontian Glen, setting out to climb various hills, including Sgurr Dhomnhuill, Sgurr a’ Chaorainn, Beinn na h-Uamha and Sgurr nan Cnamh. Others took the car to climb the 2 remote Grahams from Glen Moidart, the Rois-Bheinn trio, Ben Hiant in Ardmurchan and the 2 Morvern Corbetts. A more unusual choice was the Marilyn, Cruachan Charna, on the Isle of Carna, which involved a lovely boat trip up Loch Sunart. The prospects for Sunday were just as good and the bar once again proved to be a popular venue during the evening.
Another fine day’s walking was enjoyed by everyone on Sunday with similar combinations of hills as on Saturday. Ann White explored the coast at Ardnamurchan Point during her 17 mile run, followed by a visit to the lighthouse! In the evening the Ariundle Centre provided an excellent three course communal meal.
Despite Monday being the day we left for home, the weather was still unbelievably good, so instead of beating a hasty retreat many chose to walk again.
Strontian was a new destination for a TMS meet and proved to be an excellent venue (the apparent lack of a drying room was not a problem this time but may have caused difficulties had we been subjected to our normal weather luck). Everyone (18 people + 2 dogs) had had a glorious time.