On Saturday I walked to the 1130m summit of Ben Lui (or Laoigh) near Tyndrum. This is a summit I’ve been to twice before, and despite its height, the usual route from the A85 in Glen Lochy is a relatively straightforward climb. The difficulties are actually all low down on the mountain, where the River Lochy has to be forded, the Glasgow to Oban railway line crossed, and a route found through a confusing and incredibly muddy conifer plantation.
Unfortunately I didn’t get many views as the cloudbase was fairly low and a lot of the walk was in mist. Part of the reason for going back to Ben Lui though was to visit the site of an aircraft crash site. I was worried that the site would be difficult to find and indeed it is located in a fairly inaccessible location on the south-eastern flank of Ben Lui, about 200m below the summit. I managed to find it in the mist though, and took some photographs which you can see on my website here.
This is the site of an RAF Lockheed Hudson that crashed in the Second World War, and the site is gloomy and sobering, with many large pieces of wreckage remaining at the site even after over 60 years, including the two engines, wings and fuselage with markings still visible on it.