Sidlaws walk – me & Jas and Iain – Sunday 16/12/2018

Another outing to the Sidlaws. Saturdays weather was horrendous with mostly very heavy rain and wind in Forfar, but snow elsewhere. The intended walk was to be the Airlie Monument, but saw so much snow behind Forfar when I was leaving to collect Iain that I thought it wise to avoid any snowy roads.
On arrival, the Balkello car park was like sheet ice – the sun was out and probabljy causing the glaze over the snow.

Iain thinking about the climb ahead… or a modelling career maybe!
Iain modelling off my Trilby before the climb

Once we hit the hills, the snow that was lying in the paths/tracks was mostly turning slushy, although some places were harder snow and slippy, and made for very difficult walking.

Iain on Balluderon Hill modelling off my Trilby

We only done Auchterhouse Hill & Balluderon Hill then back to the car but all in the snowy walk I feel was more physically challenging than doing all 3 tops in good weather.

Some selfies (since Iain likes them so much)…


And finally some noce photos during the walk…

Long Goat and Cat Law once again, on a blazing hot day in May

Date of Ascent: 27/05/18

Parking: North from Muir of Pearsie. Parking on grass verge (space for 2 cars).

Car parking Landranger Grid Ref at: NO 3545 6189 | 258m

Cat Law Landranger Grid Ref: NO 3191 6106 | 668m (671m?)

Grid Ref: (Bing Maps)  NO 42719 64351, (Street Map) NO423654

Time Taken: 3 hrs 10mins

Only my 2nd hill walk in after a long break and struggled so much, I felt like turning back on reaching Long Goat. After a seat and a Muller Rice felt a bit better and thought I should make the attempt to get to Cat Law. Glad I did as seemed to get a 2nd-wind.  Continued to the summit of Cat law and not a soul to be seen.

Returned by route of ascent, and as always the walk from Long Goat to the gate exiting the field felt like a very long way.


Total distance: 9066 m
Max elevation: 668 m
Min elevation: 252 m
Total climbing: 496 m
Total descent: -496 m
Total time: 03:19:58