walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen

Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen


Postby andrewdoggett » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:11 pm

Route description: Mount Keen from Glen Esk

Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen

Date walked: 24/03/2011

Time taken: 3.75 hours

Distance: 17.9 km

Ascent: 886m

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Every now and then a walk surprises you; one you're expecting to be awesome disappoints, or in this case one you haven't been overly excited about turns into a hidden delight, as was the case for me with Mount Keen...

This will be a brief report (sorry) - curry and beer beckons, and I'm hungry!! But I'm guessing most people like the pictures more than the words...

Mount Keen 1.jpg


Walking down Glen Esk by the River is truly beautiful; this place must look stunning in the summer when the heather is flowering. I fell in love with the place instantly...

Mount Keen 2.jpg


The Queens Well soon appears with a gorgeous backdrop

Mount Keen 3.jpg


Closeup of the Queens Well looking up the Glen

Mount Keen 4.jpg


This cottage is available for rent; if tranquility and peace and quiet is your thing then this could work...

Mount Keen 5.jpg


Another panoramic from near the cottage showing the path going to the right of the hill just right of centre

Mount Keen 6.jpg


The path steepens up the valley...

Mount Keen 7.jpg


...but before you know it the top is in sight

Mount Keen 8.jpg


The summit touching distance away now in just under two hours...

Mount Keen 9.jpg


I sat up here for around 15 minutes just absorbing the view; it truly was stunning, and I thought there can't be too many days when you'll not see a soul from start to finish on htis walk; especially with weather like this.

I loved it :)

Mount Keen 10.jpg


Even the military put on a dog fight just for me ;)

Mount Kenn 11.jpg


View from the summit...

Mount Keen 12.jpg


And another...

Mount Keen 13.jpg


The stats a leisurely jaunt in under 4 hours

Mount Keen 14.jpg


And the route...


2011 - 03 - 24 - Mount Keen.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

User avatar
andrewdoggett
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 283
Munros:282   Corbetts:10
Grahams:2   Donalds:5
Sub 2000:1   Hewitts:17
Wainwrights:6   
Joined: Aug 8, 2010
Location: Bridge of Allan, Scotland

Re: Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen

Postby gammy leg walker » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:27 pm

Yup this is a wee gem of a walk
User avatar
gammy leg walker
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 3090
Munros:232   Corbetts:7
Grahams:3   Donalds:3
Sub 2000:2   
Joined: Jan 30, 2010
Location: Central Region

Re: Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen

Postby ChrisW » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:52 pm

Great pics andrew, hard to believe you got the place to yourself on a day like that - ya spawny bugger :D

Saw some RAF boys tearing down loch muick last monday but I was too slow to get em, so good effort there :thumbup:

Average speed 4.8kmh....was someone chasing you :lol:
User avatar
ChrisW
Scrambler
 
Posts: 4938
Munros:18   Corbetts:5
Grahams:3   
Sub 2000:6   
Joined: Jan 25, 2011
Location: Cochrane- Alberta - Canada

Re: Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen

Postby monty » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:49 am

Nice report Andrew. Weather looks tremendous. My first walk report on WH was Mount keen. Unusual for there to be no walkers around on such a nice day. :D
monty
 

Re: Sunshine and Isolation on Mount Keen

Postby rambler » Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:34 pm

Nice to see another TR on this one - you certainly picked a good day for it :D
rambler
Wanderer
 
Posts: 176
Joined: Jan 16, 2010

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 20 guests