This year United Environmental Services decided to take their Christmas jolly in Scotland by Loch Eck. The weather just before Christmas was hovering between a chilly minus 7 and a toasty minus o.5 degrees Celsius. Initially on arrival via the ferry over Loch Long there was no snow but plenty of ice and the local pub took great pleasure in denying our evening meal because we were a bit too late. So it was off to bed with tea and toast.
The next morning we decided to take a trip out and walk up Bheinn Ime which be my first Munro. The weather was again clear and cold but you could see snow falling on the higher ground. The peak of Bheinn Ime was clearly visible as we approached in the car.
The going was good and we reached the peak in around 2 hours the view was non existent as the low temperature had shrouded the top in snow and ice. We didn’t hang around for long on the top and ran most of the way back down in just an hour. So much for a lazy Christmas doo!. Even Milly the dog was tired.
The next day we took a trip out to the coast before returning in the evening to dine at Loch Fyne restaurant at the head of (you’ve guessed it) Loch Fyne. The food was excellent and we all had a merry time.
On the final morning we went for a short walk before setting off back to Cheshire. A couple of inches of snow had fallen overnight and the scenery was spectacular. Toby managed to spot a golden eagle circling above woodlands on the other side of the loch which was a first for me. All in all a great trip which left us looking forward to the challenge of next year.