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Loch Kinord circuit, Deeside

Loch Kinord circuit, Deeside


Postby denfinella » Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:25 pm

Route description: Loch Kinord circuit, Muir of Dinnet

Date walked: 03/02/2013

Time taken: 1.5 hours

Distance: 6 km

Ascent: 40m

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A sunny but cold and windy afternoon with a little snow still lying seemed like the perfect afternoon to try this one.


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Most of the route is in woodland, so ideal for a windy day. The paths around the whole circuit were pretty good and relatively dry, even with the recent snow. On the eastern side of the loch, the strong wind was driving thick ice floes (thick enough to stand on) onto the shore with immense force, snapping smaller trees that got in the way, then shattering - not something I'd seen before.

The whole route is clearly waymarked, with good parking, toilets and a visitor interpretation centre open in the summer months. Plenty of variety for a short lowland walk - forest, water, history (including a Celtic cross slab, boarded-up chapel and crannog in the middle of the loch) and plenty of views. Also easily accessible in winter conditions (just off the A93), but little traffic noise. Recommended!

Went to have a look at the Burn O' Vat afterwards, but there was too much water coming out of the gap in the rocks thanks to the snowmelt to get inside.

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View to Pressendye

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Loch Kinord

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Chapel at Meikle Kinord

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Culblean Hill to the west

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Icy waters

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Late afternoon rays
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Re: Loch Kinord circuit, Deeside

Postby kevsbald » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:34 pm

Looks a great low-level walk - thanks for posting.
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Re: Loch Kinord circuit, Deeside

Postby gmr82 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:53 pm

kevsbald wrote:Looks a great low-level walk - thanks for posting.


Shame the Burn O'Vat wasn't accessible- it's stunning
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Re: Loch Kinord circuit, Deeside

Postby Ian Johnston » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:57 pm

Lovely,

a favourite of ours, and it's always a rewarding walk

Thanks for posting

Kind regards

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Re: Loch Kinord circuit, Deeside

Postby denfinella » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:14 pm

Thanks for all the comments. Have visited Burn O' Vat before so not so disappointed to miss out this time! Could see though the rocks that the waterfall behind was absolutely raging.
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Re: Loch Kinord circuit, Deeside

Postby RicKamila » Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:00 pm

Love this place. Hopefully heading there in the next week or two for a wee wander.

Aberdeenshire - there's so much more to it than Oil!!
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