Bagging another trig point here at Cnoc a Bhaile-shios in Kintyre.
I’ve got to admit that doing these trig points in winter is maybe not the wisest thing to do if you are trying to get some landscape photography done aswell.
Showers and strong gusts of wind up to 50mph were forecast and certainly came true. At the top of the hills I summitted the gusts when they came through were pretty strong, nearly blowing over the tripod at one point.
Cnoc a Bhaile-shios Route
The initial part of the route is straight forward, just following the track up from the layby and through the woods. When the track fades away you have the choice of going straight ahead or to the right with no obvious path, I chose to go straight ahead and followed a fallen fence until it met another fence and then climbed up to the first hill, Cnoc an Tobair, across the moorland.
From here I grabbed a few images and was happy with what I captured as I was getting some nice light in between the showers and the view was pretty impressive looking up West Loch Tarbert.
From here again there is no obvious path so it’s open moorland as you please to the next summit, Cnoc an Fhionn.
Then from here its a bit of a decent then ascent to get the summit and trig point of Cnoc a Bhaille-shios. Obviously doing this in winter the ground is going to be wet, in fact it was saturated in bits. I took as direct a route as I could from Cnoc an Fhionn to Cnoc a Bhaile-shios trig point but had to detour at times to avoid the marsh and mini lochans that had developed due to the recent weather.
And typically as I summit more showers came through bringing with it low cloud and gusts.
This walk highlighted to me that the best view may not always be at the summit. When at thr trip point of Cnoc a Bhaile-shios the view out to the West / South West is blocked somewhat by Cnoc an Fhionn so the images I liked more are the ones from Cnoc an Tobair and Cnoc an Fhionn as seen below:
I’ll definitely be back to do this as I never done the circuit I was planning on doing due to time constraints and the weather but I expect there to be better views towards Arran on a clearer day and towards Tarbert from Cnoc a Bhaile-shios trig point.
A bit more info on the hill can be seen here.
And a last image on the way down towards the windfarm that isn’t showing up on any map so must be pretty new.