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Knock Hill and Bin of Cullen

Knock Hill and Bin of Cullen


Postby rob munbett » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:36 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Bin of Cullen, Knock Hill

Date walked: 28/02/2014

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My last morning of the holiday was cold,clear and frosty so a short trip to Knock Hill and the nearby Bin of Cullen seemed like a smart move. I drove down the A95 from Whitehills and turned off on a very minor road (unsigned) towards Swilebog to park at NJ547554 at a sharp right hand bend. I walked round the bend and turned left through a gate towards the hill on a clear path through some trees.
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Knock Hill
I passed through another gate and started to climb the hill on a path that was a deep peaty rut through the heather. I was fortunate that it was a cold frosty morning which made the ground hard because on a wet day this would have been boggy and slippery.
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Looking down the track on Knock Hill
The gradient eased as the summit came into view through another gate at the top of the track.
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Approaching the summit of Knock Hill
It was a surprisingly cluttered summit area with several cairns and a strange arrangement of concentric rings of quartzite stones set in the ground.
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The summit of Knock Hill, Bin of Cullen in the distance
I stopped to enjoy the views for a short while, looking over to Bin of Cullen, my next objective.

It was short drive round to the start for Bin of Cullen at NJ492632, at the start to a forest road near Braidbog. This hill was a very easy, pleasant stroll on a great track all the way to the summit. I started by walking round a long curving bend to cross a stream on a concrete bridge before turning left up through the woods. I turned left again at the next junction and followed the track up to the open summit area.
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On the upper part of the track to Bin of Cullen
On the final ascent, there was a short cut of a straight quartzite path which cuts out some of the bends on the track. The views of the Moray and Banffshire coastline from the summit are most enjoyable.
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The view towards Buckie from the Bin of Cullen
It was also pleasing to look back over to Knock Hill, where I'd been earlier.
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On the summit of Bin of Cullen looking over to Knock Hill
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