08-Apr-2002 -- First of all, this is quite an easy confluence…………if you follow the proper route. If you’re stupid and you want a bit of a challenge or even feel like falling down a sheer drop in the dense woods then just do what we did!
This confluence is on the West of Scotland, in an area where Ferry trips are almost a way of life. We took a Ferry from Gourock to Dunoon, the nearest town to our destination. From there it was a short drive North. The plan was to follow a forest track for a mile or so and then climb down through a fire break in some trees to the point. Not too much of a challenge. But we thought we’d go another way, big mistake. The forest was dense and the trees were small. Looking splendid in our gaiters, and me in my new walking boots we climbed and crawled until we got to about 230m altitude and only a few hundred metres from the spot…..as the crow flies. But it was almost a sheer drop through dense forest again. We couldn’t find any fire breaks so we just headed straight to where the GPS told us to go. As in previous experiences the OS map suggested that 56N5W was on the South of a river when it was actually slightly to the North. It wasn’t a problem crossing it. We took the usual reading and photos and set off back to the car, the proper way.