Everest Peak 6: Bienn Ghlas
Location: Southern Highlands of Scotland, west banks of Loch Tay.
It didn’t take long to climb Bienn Ghlas. After climbing Ben Lawers, we only had to descend from the summit to a wide and windswept ridge, which led to our second peak of the day. The wind was much stronger than further down, and we had to be very careful where we put our feet and stayed well away from the steep drop on the western side of the ridge that the gusts were pushing us towards. When we did reach the top, we nearly walked past it – a pile of stones more like a cairn marked the summit, but we couldn’t complain. The view of Loch Tay, that stretched out below us, made up for it.
We couldn’t stay up there for as long as we would have liked, for fear of being blow away, and soon began the walk down. We’d previously been warned that it was not a good idea to descend this way, as the path was supposedly mauled and hard to walk on. Thankfully, we decided to give it a shot and found that it was actually walkable – a shorter and more direct path down to the car park, where my sister and mum were waiting. Then, it was just the walk back down the road to the campsite before we arrived back at the motorhome after a tiring but rewarding day up in the Scottish hills.
Find out about the first part of this walk, climbing Ben Lawers, here.
Other peaks in the Climb Everest Challenge: Carauntoohil, Galtymore, Cachiporrilla, Ben Nevis, Coniston Old Man, Scafell Pike.