On Wednesday I travelled to Glen Etive and climbed to the 997m summit of Glas Bheinn Mhor.
Conditions were absolutely perfect on the walk, with little wind and clear skies. The route up to the summit ridge from Glen Etive is a fairly punishing climb from sea level along the Allt Mheuran into Coire Odhar. There was substantial snow cover above about 700m, but only one small section that was steep and required a bit of attention and the use of ice-axe and crampons, although no real difficulties. The views from the summit were out of this world and it was a perfect day for taking photographs.
I saw a lot of military aircraft on the walk (Hawk, Tornado, SAR Sea King and a Tucano, I think). When I walked up Ben Starav from Glen Etive in February 2007, I also saw Tornados flying down the glen, I’m sure it must be a well-used training route.
On the way back to Edinburgh I had Haddock and Chips in the Real Food Cafe which must rate as good as or better than any you can get anywhere in Scotland.
You can see the photos I took on the walk on my website here.