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Ord Ban & Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus
by HighlandSC » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:17 pm
Route description: Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus
Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Ord Ban
Date walked: 19/06/2011
Time taken: 2.5 hours
Distance: 7.5 km
Ascent: 275m6 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Title - Ord Ban & Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus
Route - Up and down E side of Ord Ban followed by clockwise circuit of Loch an Eilein
Weather - Warm, patchy sunshine, very light breeze
People - Me
Time - 2h 30m
Distance - 7.5km
Ascent - 275m
I had some time restraints today so looked for something short and close to home. Part of Rothiemurchus Estate, Loch an Eilein is a couple of miles south of Inverdruie.
Ord Ban is a small hill on the NW side of the loch. It’s not part of the WH route or mentioned in any of the leaflets/tourist maps the car park warden gives you, but it is easily accessed if you’re here. Behind the toilet block is a stile that takes you over the deer fence- once over follow the fence line for 50m or so on a faint path before it strikes left toward the hill. The path is a bit overgrown and faint at times but otherwise its easy going weaving through the trees and gets you to the summit rapidly (approx 30 mins). The summit has decent views N down into Aviemore, across to Meall a Bhuachaille, Loch Morlich and on to the bulk of the Cairngorms, continuing round to Newtonmore/Kingussie way and the Drumochter Hills and then over W to the Monadhliath area.
Once I’d finished Ord Ban I sat by Loch an Eilein for a bite to eat before starting a circuit walking round it. All easy going on good trails – completed in just over an hour. You could spend a lot more time here following the many side paths leading to the shoreline or stopping at various spots with nice views across the Loch. There’s also the option of detouring round the smaller Loch Gamhna (S of Loch an Eilein) but I didn’t bother today.
The path zig-zags up through the trees
The trees thin out the higher you get allowing a view into the Cairngorms. (Cairn Gorm left of centre)
Approaching the summit plateau a heather covered rocky outcrop blocks the way- easily dealt with by following the path to the left
Looking back along the last stretch of path to the summit
N to Aviemore
Meall a' Bhuachaille
Loch Insh & Drumochter hills
W to Duke of Gordon's Monument
I considered using this path leading S from the summit for my descent,
but checking the map (Harveys) it stops dead a good bit from the Loch an Eilein track. It's not marked on the OS map at all. I didn't fancy a potential bash through the forest today so returned the same way I came up.
20 mins later I was back at the shore of Loch an Eilein and began walking a clockwise circuit round the loch
Castle on island
It's possible to extend the Loch an Eilein circuit by going round Loch Gamhna as well. Cutting it fine for time I chose not to. Took this pic of the NE end of it from the bridge between the two lochs.
Contining on the track on the E side of Loch an Eilein, there's several spots between the trees offering open views of the loch
Nearly back at the start. Last look out over the loch
Sat down for a rest - peace soon broken by a dog who decided it was having duck for dinner
Enjoyed this walk- nice and simple outing with lots of variety...wee hill, big mountain views, lochs, castle ruin, forests, monument, etc.
by ndhudson » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:51 pm
Don't forget K9 duck stalking.
Sounds like a wonderful Sunday jaunt!
by Graeme D » Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:42 pm
by Border Reiver » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:17 am
by BlackPanther » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:16 am
Did the dog catch this poor bird?
by rockhopper » Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:04 pm
by baggervance » Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:47 pm
Been round here with the dogs on a number of occasions - very relaxing if you don't include the hill
Been meaning to get up Ord Ban too
by HighlandSC » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:53 pm
BlackPanther wrote:Did the dog catch this poor bird?
Nah, the dog didn't stand a chance of catching 'em
It was actually well behaved- obeying the owners calls to leave them. Either that, or it realised it was a wasted effort!
by Gibson Jones » Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:44 pm
I will be up in Nethy Bridge this weekend and was looking for a nice walk with a wee climb and this ticks all the boxes.
by HighlandSC » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:30 pm
by Frigate » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:26 pm
After a bit of a search we were lead by the voice back to the cottage, where we found Mary up on the tin roof paint brush in hand - she was only 77 at the time.
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