Meets‎ > ‎Reports / Photos‎ > ‎

Blackrock Cottage, Glencoe

posted 31 Jul 2018, 08:37 by Simon Li
20 - 22 July 2018

Aonach Eagach
Blackrock Cottage is probably one of the most famous buildings in Scotland so we felt privileged to be able to stay. Being first to arrive at the cottage, but not having the key, we resorted to the fun game of guessing which passing car belonged to Bruce! Finally we entered and discovered that the interior still holds its charm yet the bathroom facilities have been upgraded to Spa standard. We spent a cozy evening scaring ourselves silly with talk of the Aonach Eagach ridge scramble.

The next morning a bit of valley fog didn't cloud our optimism so we headed to the Devil's Staircase to make an extended walk out of the long summer daylight. Climbing out of the fog got us excited for the day ahead. The first challenge was the Chancellor, a down-climb requiring those of a nervous disposition to face the rock and pretend there's no exposure. Jeannie helped wonderfully and encouraged us saying it's the hardest part of the route. I'm not sure that's entirely true. We spent the rest of the day navigating all sorts of up-climbs, down-climbs, round-climbs, over-climbs, scary bits, exhilarating bits, downright crazy bits and magnificently 'airy' bits. Fortunately for some, the swirling mist sometimes hid the sheer drops right down to valley bottom. The Munro summits may have been new ticks for some but they were definitely not the highlights of the day.

Back in the cottage afterwards we tucked into Berenice's wonderful Picos-de-Europa-inspired mountain stew (recipe to follow!). Barry and Bob spent the day in the Mamores and by chance met the same 78-year old they'd met in Glen Etive the previous day. Did they meet him again on Sunday? Tune in later to find out! Several people enjoyed a Sunday amble up Buachaille Etive Beag, others enjoyed the downhill mountain biking competition taking place in Glencoe.

- report by Andrew