Suffering from Scottishness on Ben Chonzie (number 51)

3 11 2015
Planting (we probably could have planted it) the Finding Your Feet flag on Ben Chonzie

Planting (we probably could have planted it) the Finding Your Feet flag on Ben Chonzie

Ben Chonzie has the distinction of being generally accepted as the most boring hill amongst all the Munros. That’s up against some stiff competition, and I’m not one to argue with its status.

Dennis and I brushed away the memories of last nights premature fireworks in Howwood with an easy walk. With the memories of his over exertions on Colonsay still fresh in the mind, I looked for a nice easy, short and uneventful day. I found it in the dullest hillwalk in Scotland. Dennis loved it tho’. And that I suppose was what it was all about.

Dennis having a shake out at the top(ish)

Dennis having a shake out at the top(ish)

In the car heading for Chonzie, we listened to Dumb Instrument. I had been to the most amazing house gig on Friday with Arlene. Christine and John had kindly invited us along to see one of my current favorites – and also a band we have the privilege to be playing with in December in Glasgow. I listened again to all the familiar tracks as the journey in the bright Scottish autumn sun unfurled. We stopped at a layby to let Dennis out to relieve himself, sniff about a bit and get a bit of a shake out. It was a beautiful day indeed. Then on came Suffering from Scottishness. I left the car door open to enjoy the song in full.

And as we dawdled our way up and down the flat featureless expanse of Ben Chonzie, with not a sign of a single mountain hare and one solitary buzzard hang gliding in the blue sky above, this song rang so appropriately in my ears.

It saved the day for me…..

The stunning vista....

The stunning vista….

and just to prove I suffered it all the way to the top….

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And on the way down, we shared a couple of wispas, two humous sandwiched and a wee paddle…..

Haw! your drinkin our pish.....

Haw! your drinkin our pish…..

Well, that’s that one oot the road….

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