Beinn Ime is the highest of the Arrochar Alps – a group of rocky mountains just north of Glasgow. The group is dominated by the spectacular peak of Ben Arthur, more commonly known as The Cobbler, because its overhanging top gives the appearance of a cobbler at work at his last (apparently).
Nine of us gathered on the shores of Loch Long on a bright Sunday morning to climb Beinn Ime, which, despite its not inconsiderable height, is a shy mountain that only comes into view after passing through a gap between The Cobbler and Beinn Narnain. The Cobbler is a popular hill to climb so the path was busy, and it was only after we came to the path junction to Beinn Ime that we pretty much had the path to ourselves. The path, though quite long climbs gradually to the summit in about 6km, the summit cairn appears suddenly and is perched upon the steep slopes to the north of the mountain. The views were considerable, with the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig to the south, Ben Lomond to the east, and Ben Lui to the north. There was a cold wind blowing so lunch was a rather brief affair.
We returned to the cars at Arrochar by our ascent route and found a café in the village for tea a cake before departing for home.