Autumn 2017 Meet - Galloway

22 September 2017

Apparently it doesn’t always rain in Galloway; but when the Munro Society held its autumn meet there, it did!

The venue was the Galloway Activity Centre on Loch Ken. Some of the party had chosen to climb a variety of Grahams, Donalds and New Donalds on their way to Loch Ken. Amongst the chaos of the crowded kitchen on Friday night, it was quickly established that the forecast for the next day was really pretty dismal.

A mixture of activities took place on Saturday: a two-car linear traverse over Moorbrock Hill and Windy Standard to the Afton Reservoir; the Range of the Awful Hand from Shalloch on Minnoch to Merrick with some swollen rivers on return to the road; a soggy 60km cycle round Galloway Forest Park; Lamachan Hill; Corserine; Millfore; Cairnsmore of Carsphairn; Cairnsmore of Fleet; an exploration of the track bed of the old railway line along Loch Ken. Something for everybody!  That evening the lack of drying facilities was compounded by the bunkhouse boiler failing – so no heating either! However,  the group had booked into the Cross Keys Hotel in New Galloway for an excellent, communal meal.

On Sunday the weather was even worse; but some managed to climb some hills, while others did low level walking or bird watching. A few visited Kirkcudbright and visited many of its pubs.

On Monday there was a mass exodus. Anne Butler drove east to complete her Donalds with an ascent of Windy Gyle. A few opted to stay on another night and were rewarded on Tuesday with improving weather on a traverse of the Rhinns of Kells from Carsphairn to Forest Lodge.

This was the last of the meets of 2017. It is hoped that the meets of 2018 will be blessed with slightly kinder weather!