This morning, with a combination of sub zero temperatures and blue skies I ventured off to Duncarnock, the site of a prehistoric iron-age fort near Barrhead. Elevation is over 200m which affords superb views over Glasgow and the Campsie Fells in the distance. As Glasgow remains badly affected by arctic weather journey there was quite an ordeal. Image no 2 below shows the road conditions which I had to traverse on my bike followed by a trudge through deep snow for about 15 minutes to scale the summit. However, the arduous trip was worth the energy as the views and snow sparkling in the sunlight proved a good reward.

Image below (together with this video clip)  shows the city of Glasgow and Campsie Fells in the background.  Decision to take my long lens was vindicated.

Glasgow in Winter

Snowbound Glasgow and Paisley

Here is the local road providing access to the site.

Scottish Road in Winter

Snow covered road near Barrhead

En-route to the summit of Duncarnock I encountered these tracks which would appear to be the result of hare activity.

Tracks in the Snow

Animal Tracks at Duncarnock

This is a view looking North West with snow covered hills in the background.

West of Scotland in Winter

Scottis Hills in Winter

Overall, this was a successful trip but navigating there and back over treacherous, ice covered roads did serve to concentrate the mind, and take twice as long is in ‘normal’ ( non- ice) conditions. On the return trip experienced at first had the impact on local food distribution networks caused by the weather. Two supermarkets in Barrhead had completely sold out of milk because no deliveries were getting through.

On return to base I responded to three new tour enquiries for next year for groups ranging from just 1 person to 40.

Another bitterly cold tonight but the temperature may swing into positive territory later in the week. the main M8 Edinburgh to Glasgow highway has finally been freed up and is open to traffic.

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