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Thankyou Mhaim

PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:31 pm
by icemandan

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The varied sizes and shapes of the Mhaims, Paps and Ciches give an insight into life before bras. This particular one is a little elongated. Nonetheless it is one of the shapelier hills around Braemar.

We used the bikes again to take the sting out of the track to Derry Lodge. Incidentally if you're cycling, the short cut path from the car park is a bit tough on anything other than an MTB with steps steep hills and deep mud. The main Glen Derry track is nice and smooth and we were soon locking up the bikes.

It's a bit of a quagmire west of the lodge - presumably to discourage cyclists from going any further. Beyond the bog, the path is excellent and Luibeg Burn was soon reached.


Then came the first pleasant surprise of the day. Wandering up the Luibeg path looking up at the slopes of Carn a Mhaim disappearing into the mist and wondering at what point to strike off through the tussocks, we came across an engineered path. There are some who would see this as a desecration of the wilderness but to my mind a discreet and well designed path beats a slithery muddy trench any day.

The path made short work of the ascent and we were soon at the misty summit.

Then the show started. First the sun appeared through the mist;


Then a bit of blue sky


Then the summit rocks were bathed in watery sunlight;


Then Carn Toul appeared


and we were above the inversion


Heading down, there was a view back up of the summit, wreathed in mist


The sunlight picked up small pools across the Glen.


Beinn Bhotrain trailed a banner of cloud


Autumn colours in Glen Derry were picked out by the evening sunlight.


Derry Cairngorm and Ben Macdui showed a palette of reds and golds.


The burn and the pines added blues and greens


The last of the sunlight gave this dramatic silhouette.


There are days when you don't want the walk to end. We picked up the bikes at the lodge and freewheeled down the Glen in a matter of minutes. An unforgettable day.

Re: Thankyou Mhaim

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:25 pm
by morag1
A great day - really like your photos :thumbup:

I am reading this report with interest - its not too far from Aberdeen and looks a great place to either walk or cycle, might give it a try soon :D

Re: Thankyou Mhaim

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:47 pm
by LeithySuburbs
Good things come to those who wait :D . The view down Glen Lui and Glen Derry is great from this hill :D .

Re: Thankyou Mhaim

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:30 am
by Alastair S
Nice one :D

As for MTB'ing from the Linn of Dee I now cycle east along the road (for 300-400m) and then pick up the track where it meets the road. While this is longer in distance its about the same in time on the way out and a lot quicker on the way back. The initial part of the track from the road is quite steep but I manage to cycle all of it. On the way back its a real blast :D

Re: Thankyou Mhaim

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:42 am
by pollyh33
Nice one Dan,

Is it really as easy and straightforward as you make it sound?? :D

Please say it is!!!! :lol:

Re: Thankyou Mhaim

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:24 pm
by gary
Nice report, was thinking on trying this out tomorrow, on foot though, good pics to as there does not seem to be many reports for Carn o Mhairn on its own.

Re: Thankyou Mhaim

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:09 pm
by skuk007
Nice report Dan, and some good pictures too, really like the one with the rocks in watery sunlight.
I can almost see my spanners in that first picture (report) :lol:

Re: Thankyou Mhaim

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:21 pm
by icemandan
Thanks for the complements

Morag - Its a fairly straightforward walk and there is a bridge that avoids the river crossing if you don't mind a short detour. I recommend cycling as far as Derry Lodge - the track is ok on a hybrid or city bike (As Alastair says - if you're not on a mountain bike use the track not the short cut) and it saves a lot of time.

Polly - Yes the path up is easy all the way up. It looks steep on the map but there are granite steps in a lot of places. If you're better than me at getting up in the morning and have more time, continuing along the ridge and descending down the Glen looks like a good extension even if you don't fancy taking on Macdui.

Skuk - Didn't see your spanners at Luibeg Burn. If I'd done my research properly I'd have had a look for them. I nearly left my bike kit at Glenderry Lodge but fortunately one of my friends saw me cycle off without them and shouted me back.

Re: Thankyou Mhaim

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:00 pm
by monty
Hey Dan,
You taking the easy option these days :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Thankyou Mhaim

PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:33 pm
by nathan79
Great report of a fine walk. :D

I did Carn a'Mhaim in the summer and continued on to Macdui and Derry Cairngorm. A long but fun day. Carn a'Mhaum's a fine hill on it's own and as nice as an inversion is(i wouldn't know for sure as i've never found myself above one), pity it osbcured the good views of Cairn Toul and the Devil's peak across the Lairig Ghru.