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Brilliant Day on the White Mounth Round

Brilliant Day on the White Mounth Round


Postby ScottyBoy76 » Fri May 28, 2021 1:04 am

Route description: White Mounth Munros, Glen Muick

Munros included on this walk: Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch, Càrn a' Choire Bhòidheach, Càrn an t-Sagairt Mòr, Lochnagar

Date walked: 27/05/2021

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 32 km

Ascent: 1199m

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An 8am start to the walk today, slightly later than I had planned, and it was a cloudy start but the forecast was looking great for later in the morning.

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Off I go on the White Mounth circuit, long day ahead!


It was a good walk on decent paths to the first Munro, Lochnagar. Before heading to that summit though I decided to climb the neighbouring Munro Top, Meikle Pap. Anyone who hasn’t done this route yet I would highly recommend climbing up to the top of Meikle Pap and looking back over to Lochnagar, you won’t regret it!

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Incredible view from Meikle Pap! The pictures don’t do it justice.


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Meikle Pap.


After enjoying those views it was time to head for the summit of Lochnagar, making a quick detour along the way to visit Cuidhe Crom, another Munro Top.

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Heading over to Cuidhe Crom, a Munro Top.


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That little bit of snow before the summit was pretty deep in places.


Amazing views to be had on the summit of Lochnagar, the visibility was perfect.

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Lochnagar summit.


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An almost 100 years old plaque.


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You can see for miles!


Time to start making my way to Munro number 2, Càrn a’ Choire Bhoidheach. It was a very easy and straightforward walk to what was a pretty unremarkable summit.

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Càrn a’ Coire Bhoidheach.


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Càrn a’Choire Bhoidheach summit.


I didn’t stay on that second Munro for very long, it was off to number three, Càrn an t-Sagairt Mòr. I had to trudge through a large bank of snow on the steep descent, and the lower path between the two Munros was very boggy in places.

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Càrn an t-Sagairt Mòr summit.


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Great views from Càrn an t-Sagairt Mòr.


It was another very easy walk from Càrn an t-Sagairt Mòr to the fourth Munro, Cairn Bannoch with its rocky summit.

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Cairn Bannoch.


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Unusual stone. It appears to be an ‘M’ or maybe a ‘W’ carved into it.


The walk from Cairn Bannoch to the final Munro, Broad Cairn, meant crossing over another Munro Top called Cairn of Gowal. The views from Broad Cairn are excellent all round, and you also see just how long the walk back to the start was to be.

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Broad Cairn.


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View from Broad Cairn.


The descent from Broad Cairn is a boulder field to begin with but soon reaches a well constructed path that leads all the way back to the start. It is a very long trek back though. Thankfully the views down Loch Muick are superb all the way. The perfect end to a brilliant day!

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Down the boulders to the path.


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Great views down Loch Muick. What a great day!


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Someone’s fancy hoose!


I arrived back at the car at 5pm which made it exactly 9 hours for the round trip. This was a fantastic walk which I highly recommend to those who haven’t done it. It is worth it just for the view of Lochnagar from the top of Meikle Pap. Five Munros in the bag, great day :D
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Re: Brilliant Day on the White Mounth Round

Postby Gordie12 » Fri May 28, 2021 8:55 am

"Someone's fancy hoose" was built by Queen Victoria (assume not personally) and is now owned by the queen :lol: :lol: :lol:

I was to the north of you yesterday (climbing a Graham) and the view over to Lochnagar was amazing. You had a great day for those 5.
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Re: Brilliant Day on the White Mounth Round

Postby ScottyBoy76 » Fri May 28, 2021 10:04 am

Gordie12 wrote:"Someone's fancy hoose" was built by Queen Victoria (assume not personally) and is now owned by the queen :lol: :lol: :lol:

I was to the north of you yesterday (climbing a Graham) and the view over to Lochnagar was amazing. You had a great day for those 5.


Hahaha I had thought it was Royal but I wasn’t sure :lol: Aye the weather was perfect yesterday, a great day all round 8)
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