LOCH KATRINE - TROSSACHS    The views from the top of Ben A’an make the hike up the steep slopes worth all the effort. This small peak stands high above its neighbours allowing for great views across Loch Katrine down in the valley. The loch supplies much of Glasgow’s water, however legends describe a valley that once contained the small dwellings of shepherds and foresters who relied on a water supply that came down off Ben Venue. One night a troublesome demon tricked a young girl who was watching over the well, she fell in to a deep sleep as the demon began to pour water into the valley and flood the communities that once lived there. In despair, at the damage caused by her mistake, Katrine threw herself into the lake that now bears her name. There are rumours that the demon can still be found hiding in one of the caves that lie next to the loch.

LOCH KATRINE - TROSSACHS

The views from the top of Ben A’an make the hike up the steep slopes worth all the effort. This small peak stands high above its neighbours allowing for great views across Loch Katrine down in the valley. The loch supplies much of Glasgow’s water, however legends describe a valley that once contained the small dwellings of shepherds and foresters who relied on a water supply that came down off Ben Venue. One night a troublesome demon tricked a young girl who was watching over the well, she fell in to a deep sleep as the demon began to pour water into the valley and flood the communities that once lived there. In despair, at the damage caused by her mistake, Katrine threw herself into the lake that now bears her name. There are rumours that the demon can still be found hiding in one of the caves that lie next to the loch.

THE SUB-ARTIC PLATEAU - CAIRNGORMS    Cairn Gorm is the sixth highest mountain in the UK, measuring 1245 meters. It’s close neighbour, Ben Macdui, sits hidden further back on the sub-arctic Cairngorm plateau. Ben Macdui measures an impressive 1309 meters which is only 36 meters short of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The edge of Cairn Gorm forms a sharp cliff down into the valley, on clear days this allows for incredible views back to Glenmore, Loch Morlich and far-off peaks.  The lower slopes are a perfect example of what happens when humans take over a landscape, the barren summer ski slopes are a contrast to the relatively untouched wildlife that can be found on the plateau. In these harsh conditions, lichens and heathers cover the area, mountain hares can occasionally be spotted, along with red deer and a herd of reindeer that were introduced to Glenmore and the mountain in 1952.

THE SUB-ARTIC PLATEAU - CAIRNGORMS

Cairn Gorm is the sixth highest mountain in the UK, measuring 1245 meters. It’s close neighbour, Ben Macdui, sits hidden further back on the sub-arctic Cairngorm plateau. Ben Macdui measures an impressive 1309 meters which is only 36 meters short of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The edge of Cairn Gorm forms a sharp cliff down into the valley, on clear days this allows for incredible views back to Glenmore, Loch Morlich and far-off peaks.

The lower slopes are a perfect example of what happens when humans take over a landscape, the barren summer ski slopes are a contrast to the relatively untouched wildlife that can be found on the plateau. In these harsh conditions, lichens and heathers cover the area, mountain hares can occasionally be spotted, along with red deer and a herd of reindeer that were introduced to Glenmore and the mountain in 1952.