Meikle Bin

Meikle Bin is a small(ish) hill (397m)Β 20 miles or so north of Glasgow which we’d never climbed until recently. It’s a 10k round trip, so what did we need to fortify us first? Lunch! The Culcreuch Castle Hotel did us proud and we had a wee wander round the grounds before embarking on the main walk. This was the end of September, so the trees were just beginning to turn.

The hill climb started at the north end of the Carron Valley Reservoir, and followed a forestry track.

Carron Valley Reservoir
Carron Valley Reservoir

Soon, we crossed the Carron River and Meikle Bin came into view.

Once clear of the trees, the path became boggy and it was a short, steep climb to the top – though it wasn’t a clear enough day for really great views.

The best way down is just to retrace your steps, which we did, taking a little longer to look at details – and I couldn’t resist walking along the reservoir wall (and managed not to fall in.)

I’m linking this post to Jo’s Monday Walks. If you’re suffering, as I am, torrential rain at the moment, pop over there for some blue skies and sunshine.


41 thoughts on “Meikle Bin

  1. restlessjo December 13, 2015 / 09:41

    So sorry, Annabel! I’m sure I left a comment asking the origin of the name, but it doesn’t appear here. I did it on my phone and I’m not so proficient on there. Maybe I’m lurking in your spam? Thanks anyway! I did enjoy your company, as always. πŸ™‚


    • Anabel Marsh December 13, 2015 / 09:47

      No, nothing in spam! Your comment must be floating around the ether somewhere. Anyway, you maybe saw the cover station above about Meikle (big). Bin is a variation on Ben or Beinn as in Ben Lomond etc. Not sure why there are so many spellings!


      • restlessjo December 13, 2015 / 09:49

        Best place for it! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Yes thanks- I did!


  2. MartynWrites December 12, 2015 / 12:05

    I was wondering what Meikle means in Scots ? We’ve got Micklegate in York, the mickle bit coming from Old Norse for great.


    • Anabel Marsh December 12, 2015 / 12:30

      Yes, same word essentially – it’s often spelled mickle here too. Also muckle! The joys of language.

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  3. jazzfeathers December 9, 2015 / 20:49

    LOL! Always a good idea to fortify ourself before a walk.
    This is still another beautiful palce. And those mushrooms! Are they for real? πŸ™‚


    • Anabel Marsh December 9, 2015 / 21:09

      Indeed, can’t function without lunch! Yes, the mushrooms are for real but no idea what kind they are.

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  4. anotherday2paradise December 9, 2015 / 17:59

    What a lovely place to go walking, Anabel! The castle and grounds are beautiful, and I’m so happy you didn’t fall into the reservoir. πŸ™‚


  5. La Sabrosona December 8, 2015 / 22:54

    We have quite a variety of wild mushrooms where I live (city). The kids and I went mushroom hunting last fall; lots of fun. No mud fights for you and John?


    • Anabel Marsh December 8, 2015 / 23:13

      I wouldn’t know which mushrooms were edible which might be dangerous! And no, no mud fights. Didn’t even slip and fall in the mud which I’m usually quite good at.

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      • La Sabrosona December 8, 2015 / 23:15

        Oops I forgot to mention the mushroom hunt consisted of looking for mushrooms and then off with their heads with a stray, skinny tree branch πŸ™‚


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