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Carn na Drochaide - The Rocky Hill of the Bridge

Carn na Drochaide - The Rocky Hill of the Bridge


Postby GariochTom » Wed May 02, 2012 10:15 pm

Route description: Carn na Drochaide, from Linn of Quoich

Corbetts included on this walk: Carn na Drochaide

Date walked: 22/04/2012

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 552m

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The plan had been to walk up Beinn a' Bhuird, but with all of the snow that had recently fallen and the forecast for more, a few days beforehand we had decided to opt for a smaller hill instead. And a walk up Carn na Drochaide seemed ideal, as it had the same start point - the Linn of Quoich.

We set off from the car park at Allanaquoich along the track towards Invercauld. It was surprisingly cold, but there wasn't much snow on the hill so I soon realised that my clompy winter boots were perhaps overkill. Ah well.

After passing a few cottages and on reaching Allanmore, we set off up the hill to intersect the zigzag path.
We first headed up to Creag a' Chleirich, and then made our way westwards to Carn na Drochaide itself, staying left of the steep gorge of Clais nan Cat.

As we ascended we enjoyed atmospheric views up Glen Clunie and the Linn of Dee.

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Braemar and Glen Clunie by GariochT, on Flickr

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Glen Ey by GariochT, on Flickr

From the flat top of Carn na Drochaide there were excellent views over to the snow-topped corries of Beinn a' Bhuird, and Ben Avon.

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Beinn a' Bhuird and Ben Avon by GariochT, on Flickr

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Beinn a' Bhuird and Ben Avon by GariochT, on Flickr

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Carn na Drochaide by GariochT, on Flickr

We decided to descend by a different route, towards the northwest then southwest, and encountered a few snow patches on our way. We also saw a number of strange flowers/fungi/moss:

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? by GariochT, on Flickr

The impressive Beinn a' Bhuird remained in view for some time. The piercing sounds of golden plover accompanied our footsteps.

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Beinn a' Bhuird & Ben Avon by GariochT, on Flickr

Eventually, after a long descent initially on deer paths and then on a good track, we reached the wooded area around Quoich Water. We diverted away from the main track, to visit the Earl of Mar's Punch Bowl. Legend has it that in 1715 the Earl's men met at the Linn, poured 'ankers of potent Aquavitae' into the Punch Bowl, and drank toasts to the Jacobite cause (thanks to Robert Smith's 25 Walks: Deeside' for that story).

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The Punch Bowl, Linn of Quoich by GariochT, on Flickr

Just next to the Punch Bowl is an old cottage which apparently was once a shiel used by the Queen Mother.

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Queen's picnic spot, Linn of Quoich by GariochT, on Flickr

After spending some time marvelling at the water feature and gingerly walking on the adjacent rocks, we headed over the bridge and down the track to the cars.

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Linn of Quoich by GariochT, on Flickr

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The Punch Bowl, Linn of Quoich by GariochT, on Flickr


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Re: Carn na Drochaide - The Rocky Hill of the Bridge

Postby LeithySuburbs » Thu May 03, 2012 7:27 pm

Looks a nice short day out :) .
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