• Nothing but the wind

    Gulvain or 'Noisy Hill' (Possibly derived from it's isolation and therefore exposure to the elements... notably the wind!) stands aloof beyond the eyes of drivers on the 'Road to the Isles' at the end of Loch Eil.

    The ascent is a straight up and down via the same route, but loses nothing in such wonderful Spring like conditions when the penetrating rays of the sun truly feel as if they are warming a new world.

    The walk up Glen Fionnlighe is long but certainly not boring , along a typically Highland estate road, through mature forestry planations and out into open countryside where remnants of old shielngs abandoned long ago, echo to the ghosts of long gone crofters - survivors of an environment as harsh as any.

    The steep ascent the foot of the hill is relentless but quick progress is made and soon the South Top looms into view with a 360 degree view as befits a mountain that stands in isolation of others. The ridge leading on from the trig point is fine with a low bealach leading to the true summit - the North Top.

    Return is made via the outward route, but still in a warming sun that compensates for leaving behind a fine hill.

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