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My First Taste of Deeside


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Another official route I followed. Deeside looked so close yet so far as no buses reached it from the S - but I found a way of getting in from the E that worked well, so I jumped on the bus. From Braemar, climbing up Morrone was simple with the aid of the path. I have to say, the summit area looked a little underwhelmingly flat, though the one hill I could compare it to was Ben Vrackie. Now I know better and consider Ben Vrackie to be a little bit of an outlier in its prominence - at least in this part of the country. :D
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The Cairnwell / Glas Tulaichean group of Munros further S. At the moment, I could only salivate and dream about getting up there. But we all have to start somewhere, don't we?
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Descending down the track, I decided to be a bit daring and leave it for a while to ascend Carn na Drochaide. Of course, no advanced navigation was needed for that. But it still gave me a warm feeling of pride that I decided to make this trip, without any outside interference, and carried it out on my own. I got to see the (future) fauna of Carn na Drochaide in the process, too.
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'The highest 18-hole golf course in the UK' was the sign I found on the way back to Braemar along the tarmac road. Fortunately, even though the golf course spanned both sides of the road, I was the sole traffic there, at least at the moment.
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Deciding to go for another short walk, I then headed up Creag Choinnich - once again as the official route suggested. A nice extension to the previous walk, and one of a different nature as this little hill was almost fully forested. Up top, though, views back to Braemar and Morrone opened up.
by aaquater
Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:58 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: My First Taste of Deeside
Replies: 0
Views: 62

Turning a New Leaf


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Or my first proper Scottish hillwalk, I guess I could call it, and thank my boss for prompting me to actually go out and do it. Not having any maps (I only bought them after I returned from this walk), I read up on several official routes and joined together several that were meant to have paths throughout. First, I headed up Ben Vrackie, which I spotted looming over the lochan below.
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The look back to Pitlochry makes the sudden steep drop obvious, but walking it, it was a good path I had no trouble with.
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Beinn a' Ghlo as a more prominent, more 'glorified' target on the horizon. Some day, though not yet; I first needed to get the hang of getting around Scotland.
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I got down to the lochan but turned right and descended down the zig-zagging track all the way to the Garry and Soldier's Leap. This looks back down the Garry towards the Killiecrankie Viaduct. Following the river, it was a pleasant return to Pitlochry.
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But I wasn't done yet. Another short official route brought me to the Black Spout waterfall and back. Admittedly, though, I made a wrong turn and walked a part of the route backwards, so I traced an 8 and not a 0. But I found my way back to the village and could officially say that I was hooked. If we're being extra dramatic, a new chapter of my life had begun.
by aaquater
Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Turning a New Leaf
Replies: 0
Views: 55

Re: Two Porcine Gatekeepers

That was a rather interesting route for these hills....and a very apt title to boot. Can remember adding the Sow of Atholl on at the end when I went round the four munros but didn't consider the Boar as I was starting from the layby NE of the Sow and then cycling up to Balsporran. Will keep your ro...
by aaquater
Mon Oct 25, 2021 11:10 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Two Porcine Gatekeepers
Replies: 4
Views: 780

Two Porcine Gatekeepers

our_route.gpx Scientific name: Sus drumochteri. :lol: It was a Sunday in the middle of the stalking season and the weather sounded decent, so I wanted to go somewhere. Looking for a sign that boasted 'no stalking on Sundays' - because if good weather fell on any other day, the place wouldn't be acc...
by aaquater
Sat Oct 23, 2021 6:28 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Two Porcine Gatekeepers
Replies: 4
Views: 780

Re: Buidhe Bheinn, from Glenshiel rather than Kinloch Hourn

In all honesty, it might seem less obvious, and certainly isn't straightforward, but I'd say the N approach to Buidhe Bheinn could be the best one. The W top is still a superb viewpoint (except when immersed in clag), but it can be reached from the main summit easily, and I found the descent from it...
by aaquater
Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:44 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Buidhe Bheinn, from Glenshiel rather than Kinloch Hourn
Replies: 13
Views: 951

Re: The Bhuird/Avon Side Road Corbetts

It's walks like this that the Cairngorms were designed for - there is something magical about their spaciousness that works brilliantly with a long trip - in good weather :lol: :lol: After walking over the flank of Culardoch in heavy diagonal rain I'm due a return trip, so thanks for the temptation...
by aaquater
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:22 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Bhuird/Avon Side Road Corbetts
Replies: 6
Views: 778

Re: The Bhuird/Avon Side Road Corbetts

gld73 wrote:Impressive walk and a great report!

Thank you!
by aaquater
Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:05 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Bhuird/Avon Side Road Corbetts
Replies: 6
Views: 778

Re: The Bhuird/Avon Side Road Corbetts

A fine report on an unusual meandering route through this part of the world. Isn't it just brilliant when the forecasters play ball??? Presumably you ran/jogged much of it, to average a speed of close to 4 kph??? Thanks! I didn't see any mention of a similar approach to this group of hills, so I wa...
by aaquater
Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:04 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Bhuird/Avon Side Road Corbetts
Replies: 6
Views: 778

The Bhuird/Avon Side Road Corbetts

our_route.gpx After only having one free day over the past three weeks (and thus promptly using it to do nothing all day), I was just itching to go somewhere. With low clouds forecast for the W/NW areas, it appeared the Cairngorms were the place to be that weekend. Recalling a walk I had planned bu...
by aaquater
Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Bhuird/Avon Side Road Corbetts
Replies: 6
Views: 778

Let Loners Be Loners

our_route.gpx It might feel a little inappropriate to name the report this way when this was a walk I didn't do alone, Graham coming with me. The name is meant to describe the hills, though. Sgurr a' Mhaoraich flat-out says "does not combine easily with its neighbours", Buidhe Bheinn only...
by aaquater
Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Let Loners Be Loners
Replies: 0
Views: 501

Cyclic Tetramealline Structures

our_route.gpx Step 1: draw a feasible route connecting several hills I have yet to bag. Step 2: realise all the hills are called Meall... I just had to incorporate that into the title somehow! :D Initially, I wanted to make it work around the word four-Meall-dable, but since the walk itself wasn't ...
by aaquater
Thu Jun 24, 2021 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Cyclic Tetramealline Structures
Replies: 0
Views: 408

Re: 3 munros from Spittal of Glenshee

Yeah, once you've made it to Carn an Righ, it seems a shame not to include Beinn Iutharn Mhor given how close it is... and how it'll be a long trek to Spittal of Glenshee regardless! :D
by aaquater
Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:13 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: 3 munros from Spittal of Glenshee
Replies: 2
Views: 883

Re: Skye-grilled

Enjoyed the report. 23 years ago we stayed at a cottage on the Loch shore near Luib; it was my son Ben's first holiday. Everyday i looked up at Glas Bheinn Mhor thinking i'd do it the next day. The weather turned rank so never got to go. However Ben and i walked Garb Bheinn and Marsco in 2019 and h...
by aaquater
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Skye-grilled
Replies: 4
Views: 665

Re: Skye-grilled

SummitViews wrote:Fantastic report , that’s on my list to do :clap:

Thanks! It's a handy little route, just needs to be treated with a bit of respect! :D
by aaquater
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:25 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Skye-grilled
Replies: 4
Views: 665

Skye-grilled

our_route.gpx Or perhaps Skye-roasted. Neither word is recognised by dictionaries, and I guess the choice depends on whether Skye came closer to grilling me about my scrambling ability or roasting me for it. :think: :lol: Anyway. How long do you suppose one can listen to odes about Skye before popp...
by aaquater
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:20 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Skye-grilled
Replies: 4
Views: 665
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