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Meall Mor and Creigh Hill

Meall Mor and Creigh Hill

Postby Gordon Ballantyne » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:31 pm

Date walked: 10/09/2019

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 550m

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Down south again this week to Glenshee and Angus by Braemar.

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Started at Blacklunans. Parked up by the Telephone box "library" next to the exchange where a BT engineer was working.
The track was a bit overgrown in places and also harbouring a soggy bottom, but an easy way up the hill, albeit a bit longer than from Drumore Loch. For some unknown reason I started to follow a fence after exiting the wood, before GordonC woke me up and pointed me back over to the track. This accounts for the deviation on the way up - stupid boy !.
Further up the track, we spotted a dyke leading up in the direction of the top, so we followed animal tracks alongside it, until we intersected another dye. GC spotted a larch that had been blown over until it was nearly parallel with the ground, but still growing vigorously ! It was a short moose-step across to the next fence which we followed to the top.

The dyke leading up to Meall Mor.JPG
The dyke leading up from the track to the S of Meall Mor

A bendy Larch.JPG
A really bendy larch on the way up the dyke on Meall Mor

GB at the Meall Mor Cairn wi H.JPG
GB at the Meall Mor cairn with Harvey

Good views across Strathmore to the south, and Mount Blair to the north. Returned the same way.
A nice drive to Backwater Res along a road I'd never driven before !


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Parked up in the layby and had lunch. Found the start of the ATV track and went through the gate and up the hill.

Backwater Dam.jpg
Backwater Dam

The car park at Backwater Res.JPG
The car park by Backwater Res

The ATV track up Macritch Hill.JPG
The start of the ATV track up Macritch Hill

For a wee while, we could see what we throught was a track ascending the face of Creigh Hill opposite, but as the track we were on continued to near the top of Macritch Hill, we just followed it until a faint path took us to the top and a fence fence leading across to Creigh. There were faint paths/tracks parallel to this fence, across to the main top of Creigh Hill and the mysterious Cairn Motherie. ( see below for Archeological details).

GB and H on Cairn Plew.JPG
Top of Creigh Hill ( Motherie )

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GC Tenzing posing at the top of Creigh Hill

Alerted by Isbjorn - HB blogger, we decided to follow suit and walk across to Cairn Plew, to obviate the necessity for a future ascent should it be awarded a future height gain.. Certainly - using my mark one calibrated eyeball, it looked higher from Creich and still higher looking back at Creich !

Approaching Cairn Plew.JPG
Approching Cairn Plew

GB and H on Creigh Hill.JPG
GB & H on Cairn Plew looking at the Loch of Lintrathen

After an inspection of the ruins, we did the diretissimo descent and struck off down to the road - a bit teuch at the bottom though, and a BWF to loup and heave H over - with a combined effort..

As I was feeling particularly indolent today, we turned left at Dykend, leaving Creaglea for another day and headed home through Kirrie and up the main drag to Westhill. Apart from a temporary wee dusting of clag on Plew, the weather was fine, even blessed with a walk back up the road to the car in sunshine, scaring a deer back into the wood by the loch on the way ! Saw a couple of buzzards, a kestrel and a red kite on the road along to Kirrie. ( It's the furthest south that I've seen a kite )
Entry Name: Cairn Motherie,cairn,Creigh Hill
Scheduled Date: 12 March 1996
Source: Historic Environment Scotland
Source ID: SM6343
Schedule Class: Cultural
Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)
Location: Lintrathen
County: Angus
Cairn Plew
NO25NE 2 2642 5843.
On the S summit of Creigh Hill there is a cairn known as Cairn Plew; it measures 13m in diameter and 1.2m in height.
Name Book 1863; RCAHMS 1983.
Surveyed at 1:10560.
Visited by OS 23 September 1958 and 30 March 1971.
Gordon Ballantyne
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