Benvane, Balquidder to Brig o’ Turk
Starting from the head of Glen Buckie by Ballimore farm we cross the old stone bridge towards Immeroin Farm and immediately up the steep bank on the right to take the FP heading SW.
Crossing the field we come to a farm gate which may need to be climbed. Almost immediately after the gate the path splits, take the left branch and keep following the fence. After a second gate there is an ATV track which can be followed otherwise continue uphill following a small burn. As height is gained the views north along Glen Buckie open up. Soon the ATV track from lower down can be picked up, this follows a line just east of the main ridge before heading for Lianach (NN5247 1570) where the broad northern ridge of Benvane is picked up. Loch Lubnaig can be seen slightly east of south. We now follow the gently climbing ridge past Creag a Mhadaidh (NN5294 1444). We keep to the left of the fence line that runs along the ridge until a stile at a corner is reached. After the stile the route runs SE up slightly steeper ground on a vague path. Most of Loch Lubnaig can now be seen below to the east, the summit of Ben Ledi should also be visible away at the southern end of the ridge. There is a cairn marking the summit of Benvane (NN5352 1371). We will now have covered approx’ 4.5km.
From the summit we pick up the line of the old boundary fence along the ridge to a point slightly north of Stuc Dubh near NN5505 1269 where we will pick up LRT for our descent into Glen Casaig. The ridge path is boggy in places but firm ground under lies the wet top and most areas can be by-passed. Following the LRT S then SW we will soon reach the shores of Glen Finglas reservoir near NN 5308 0902. We now follow the eastern shore past the dam and power station to join the dam access road and the final 1km in to Brig o’ Turk and our pick up near the Tea Rooms..
Walk duration - 6hrs. The initial path out of Glen Buckie is likely to be boggy as is the ridge path from Banvane to Stuc Dubh. Alternative walk in the event of adverse weather preventing advertised walk: Start at head of Glen Buckie as planned but instead of climbing over Benvane we detoure around Bealach a Chonnaidh following FP to join hill track/ LRT near NN5187 4104. Then follow LRT to eastern shore of Glen Finglas reservoir. Join Glen Finglas access road near dam and follow out to A821 . Distance approx 14km.
For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following: Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one, and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference: Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.
No map available.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.
3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.