This was a beautiful day with a good turnout of people, some
of whom were visitors to the area. The explorers were: Allan,
Amy Schofield, Benjamin, JD, Kathryn, Loren, Matthew, Neil
and Thomas, with Ann, Ben, John Evans, Neil, Pamela, Philippa,
Rosia, Sandra and Stephen helping, plus Bruce and Crunchie
as expedition dogs.
We started from the ruins of Brunery Farm, where the cattle
were grateful for this added entertainment to their dull lives.
Then we made our way up the steep hill, noting such features
as the old branch path to Kinlochmoidart and a clapper bridge.
As we got higher we got a reasonable view of a golden eagle
on the skyline and to the west we could see the smoke from
the many fronts of the big fire around Ben Laga. Just where
we left the path we saw the remains of two small houses, possibly
shielings in the old days.
Leaving the path we crossed the hill to the Three Old Maids,
which are two pointed rock outcrops with a perched boulder
in between them. There is a small shelter under the boulder
and the explorers crawled in and enjoyed the view out over
When we had all got our breath back, since the day was fine
and we still had plenty of strength, we decided to carry on
up the hill to Loch na Paitean, and we reached it in another
half an hour. We spent a good time on the shore of the loch
looking at the view (and watching the dog swimming) before
going back down to Brunery, a far faster trip than the climb.
Allan did a lively sketch showing an alarmed frog being grabbed
by Benjamin. Loren turned out a very interesting coloured
design. Kathryn showed the zigzag path and the Three Old Maids
as well as a toad. Matthew showed Benjamin with a hat and
Neil, Benjamin and Thomas did complex sketches showing several
aspects of the walk.John Dye