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Walk: Chochuill & Eunaich - Dalmally duo

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Beinn a' Chochuill (Hill of the hood) and Ben Eunaich (Hill of the fowling) both catch the eye in the classic view of popular Kilchurn Castle. The hills themselves are a bit neglected by comparison, but a gently-graded track makes light work of the approach and some of the ascent, with Highland cows grazing on the verge and conveniently-spaced boulders to perch on for a break. Further up, a hill path begins promisingly but quickly fizzles out, though eventually re-establishes itself higher up. The highlights of these two Munros are spectacular views to the north towards the Black Mount and the back of Glencoe, west to Loch Etive and brooding Ben Cruachan, and back across Loch Awe and the castle. The ridge linking the two summits is good fun too, but the last part of the descent is not: no-one likes a steep, eroded, loose and slippery path! Our trip was a good reminder of how quickly the weather can change in the hills, no matter the forecast; compare our photos taken early in the…

Walk: The Bishop of Loch Leven

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Bishop Hill is the least lauded, third sibling of the Lomond Hills family, rising sharply above Loch Leven. The hill's rather flat on top, but from the edge of the plateau there's an outstanding panorama of the lake and the hills cradling it: Benarty Hill, the Cleish Hills and the Ochils. You could approach from the east, involving little ascent and little visual interest. Or sacrifice soles for scenery and struggle up the hill's steep southern scarp slopes from Scotlandwell, giving far better views and lots more alliteration. You can guess which one we recommend here - but you might need to brush up on your navigation skills for the descent route. An excellent circuit, standing up well when compared to the ascents of its more illustrious neighbours: West and East Lomond.


Name: Walk: The Bishop of Loch Leven ★★★☆☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 410 metres
Main summits: Munduff Hill (456 metres); Bishop Hill (461 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Car park (churchgoers only…