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Cairnie Hill by night

Cairnie Hill by night

Postby wjshaw2 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:47 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Cairnie Hill

Date walked: 28/08/2013

Time taken: 1.5 hours

Distance: 6.28 km

Ascent: 198m

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We didn't really get going on this walk until 8.30, so it was well and truly dark by the by the time we were starting to go down. It seems to me a nicer walk along tracks to get to Cairnie Hill from Monimail (parking spaces available by the triangular bit of road between the two graveyards) than the other route from the west as is most often described here, but it did take us through a field full of cows (who we walked around on the way up and down - shown on the map as a small diversion from the track) so perhaps not the best route for dog owners. The views do open up to the south and east on the walk up and it's very pleasantly kept farmland, dotted with interesting rusting farm machinery...

Nessie at Cairnie Hill.jpg
Nessie at the foot of Cairnie Hill

The views looking up were also a treat.

One of the best things about walking at dusk.jpg
One of the best things about walking at dusk

It got a bit too dark for photos from then on, but the route is easy and avoiding the cows not a big issue. Towards the top where the track peters out, go north below the gorse and bracken and then up to the fence past an obvious boulder. The fence is then easily crossable at that point. Underfoot, the ground is then completely unimproved and like walking on a hillside rather than farmland. Go round to the right (east) of the summit to again find a low part of the fence which is simply crossed and sit on the tumulus on the summit to eat your tea in the fading light.

It was a little harder to see the cows coming back down and they did make a small move towards us, but a perfect evening's stroll in the last of the summer light.
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