The Brack, seen on the descent of Cnoc Coinnich
Cnoc Coinnich (761m)
I parked the car at the free car park in Lochgoilhead on wet and overcast day. The mist was low over the hills and it was rather depressing. I started walking at 9.45 am up the road opposite the car park, which became a path. Just after a junction the path entered the forest and climbed gently. Just after a bridge near the cascading Donich Water the gradient became much steeper, the path entered a fire break and deteriorated. It was steep and wet underfoot and after leaving the forest the path followed a line of white posts. There were misty views of Ben Donich and over Loch Goil to Beinn Bheula, Beinn Lochain and Cruach nam Miseag. Near the top of the pass between Cnoc Coinnich and The Brack I left the path and climbed the north west ridge of Cnoc Coinnich. The ridge fell away in some impressive cliffs, which I kept well away from, and I reached the top at 11.45 am. The summit was marked by a small cairn on the edge of a slab and was enveloped in cloud. It was windy and cold but I stayed until midday hoping that the mist would clear. It didn't. I descended my route of ascent and lower down the mist did clear, giving me my first view of The Brack. I had lunch just above the pass and the breaks in the mist became more frequent, so I was more hopeful of views from The Brack.
The Brack (787m)
The Brack is a steep and craggy hill but it gave no problems, although the weather wasn't great, with some beefy showers. I reached the top at 1.55 pm and enjoyed some misty views of Beinn Luibhean, Ben Ime, The Cobbler, Ben Donich, Beinn an Lochain, Beinn Bheula, Ben Lomond and others. The Luss Hills looked especially fine and I could see a town in the lowlands, with the Camsies or Kilpatricks behind. I stayed for 10 minutes then descended back to the pass with Cnoc Coinnich. From the pass I followed the path into the forest and down the wet, slippery slopes to Lochgoilhead. I had to be careful not too slip over but I reached the car without mishap at 4.15 pm, a total of 6 and a half hours for the whole walk.
The trig on The Brack
The Luss Hills from the slopes of The Brack