I dragged my son out of bed nice and early and we set off for Ballater for a pre-walk bacon roll and cup of tea. Half an hour later we were on our way to Spittal of Glenmuick. The weather was quite good, with loads of sun, although windy from the car park to the forest.Once we started to climb, we were protected from the wind but that soon stopped as we scrambled up the Ladder. There were some nice views on the way up but pretty soon it started to rain and clouds obscured the tops and any photo opportunities that may have arisen.
The wind was getting very strong at the peak and we retreated quickly down Glas Allt to get some shelter. The Falls were a nice sight and, on the way back along Loch Muick, there was a nice rainbow greeting us, although we could have done without the rain that followed. It didn’t last long though and the sun came out again and we enjoyed the last hour’s walk in nice warm weather.
A very enjoyable walk in great Scottish conditions…sunny, windy, rainy, hot and cold, all in one afternoon. We plan to go back soon and have a crack at the White Mounth Circuit.
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