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Some hills near Braemar

Some hills near Braemar


Postby rockhopper » Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:11 pm

Route description: Carn na Drochaide, from Linn of Quoich

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Gulabin, Carn na Drochaide, Creag nan Gabhar, Monamenach, Morrone

Grahams included on this walk: Badandun Hill

Date walked: 27/09/2014

Time taken: 10.1 hours

Distance: 36 km

Ascent: 2950m

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Corbetts: Ben Gulabin, Creag nan Gabhar, Carn na Drochaide, Morrone, Monamenach
Graham: Badandun Hill
Date: Saturday 27 and early Sunday 28 Sept 2014
Distance: 36km approx
Ascent: 2,950m approx
Time: Move: 9hrs 3mins, Stop: 1hr 7mins
Attendees: me

Having Friday and Monday off, the plan made several months ago was for a camping trip to Moidart. Circumstances dictated otherwise – still trying to shake off a cough and cold ruled out Friday and a poor weather forecast for the north west suggested Moidart wouldn’t be ideal. Shorter walks seemed a better option hence a late change of plan to head for the Braemar area.

Saturday 27 Sept 2014

Drove up past Perth then via Blairgowrie and parked in the wee layby (on the left just north of the Spittal of Glenshee) beside another car. The driver asked for directions to Aberlour (fishing trip) – seems his satnav took him up this way rather than the A9.

Looking back

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Got ready and walked on the wee track to the side of the road round the corner to the gate where the main track starts.

Ben Gulabin
Ascent: 450m, Distance: 5.8km, Move: 1hr20mins, Stop: 7mins


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Good track up the hillside – views northwards

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Not long before arriving at a fork in the track – turn left and head upwards

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Further up turn to the right and on to the summit

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Then back down the same way – weather starting to brighten up further down

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Back to the car then drove up past the ski centre and stopped in a layby just south of Newbigging.

Creag nan Gabhar
Ascent: 440m, Distance: 2.8km, Move: 1hr6mins, Stop: 14mins

There are various ways to approach this hill including the walk up by Callater Burn. Most straightforward seemed to be from the roadside.


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Walked back down the road a little to what looked like the start of a track. Didn’t really come to much so just kept going through the heather with some rocky sections on the way.

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Towards Braemar and Morrone

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Turned left at the top and headed over some rocks to the cairn

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Weather staying reasonable - wind getting up at times

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Towards Lochnagar

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Towards Ben Avon

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Headed more directly towards the car from the summit – found more of a track this time

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Back at the car, stopped for a break and some early lunch. Then drove up to Braemar and round to the Linn of Dee – satnav wanted to take me up the old military road then across the Victoria Bridge to Mar Lodge – didn’t seem quite right. Still some spaces in the car park at Linn of Quoich.

Carn na Drochaide
Ascent:560 m, Distance: 6.7km, Move: 1hr42mins, Stop: 13mins


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Set off around the same time as a few other walkers – think they were heading towards Allanmore. Headed towards a gap in the trees (middle of the photo) then found a track leading up the hill towards Carn Dearg.

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Continually lost and found the track on the way up

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Reasonably clear but windy at the top

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Then back down the same way – solitary tree on the way down

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Drove back round to Braemar. Stopped to text home and have a break and some more lunch. Then drove to the car park just past the bridge at Auchallater.

Morrone
Ascent: 630m, Distance: 9.8km, Move: 2hr4mins, Stop: 15mins


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Walked along the roadside initially then crossed down to the bridge over the Clunie Water. Then left over another wee bridge, alongside the fence then up to pick up the main track up the hillside.

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Patterns on the other side of the A93

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Onwards and upwards

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Higher up turn right towards the summit

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Loch Callater

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Communications mast

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Memorial plaque

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Inside

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Mar Lodge and Linn of Dee

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Trig point

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Loch Phadruig

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Descended the same way – Auchallater and car park in the distance

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Back at the car park I met a walking party – they had been on four of the munros to the east of Glenshee, had walked back down Jock’s Road and were waiting for their tour bus.

Now just after 5pm, had an initial think about heading down to Auchavan for Monamenach as it was turning into a nice evening. However, it would take a wee while to get there and I’d probably end up walking back in the dark so decided to leave it until the following day.

Sunday 28 Sept 2014

Monamenach
Ascent: 450m, Distance: 5.6km, Move: 1hr22mins, Stop: 11mins

Little in the way of parking spaces so parked just past Auchavan on the potholed road which leads to Dalhally – beside the river before the bridge.


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Set of early before dawn initially with a head torch. Back up to Auchavan and past the houses. Found the track but initially missed the shortcut to the left – then across the field, on to the main track and followed it up the hillside.

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Lots of deer on the skyline but with hardly any light the photos are blurred. Stags bellowing on the hillside. Followed the track until it ended, turned right and headed up to the summit.

In the clag for the last wee bit and at the summit cairn

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No sign of it clearing so headed back down. Cleared a bit lower down.

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Auchavan to the right, car and bridge to the left

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Looking brighter over to Badandun Hill

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Back up to Monamenach

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Back to the car with the weather looking reasonably promising. Hardly any wind. Drove down the road to the end of the Fergus farm track and parked on the verge leaving the farm road clear.

Badandun Hill
Ascent: 420m, Distance: 5.0km, Move: 1hr29mins, Stop: 7mins


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Set off up the farm track – clear view of the hill in the distance

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Followed the track through the farm, up through the tress then on to open ground. Went further up the track until finding a suitable place to cross.

Then up the hillside through the heather

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Looking back

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Nearing the top, the mist rolled in and the rain had started.

No views at the top

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With the rain getting heavier, decided on a more direct route back down to the trees above the farm.

Still raining and misty as I got back to the car

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Back at the car it was now just on 10am. Had hoped to go on to the two Grahams, Mount Blair and Mealna Letter (Duchray Hill). Waited a wee bit but there was no sign of the clag and rain clearing. Drove down the road to where the Mount Blair route starts – still raining and very misty – couldn’t see any of the tops. Had absolutely no wish to start either of the walks in rain/clag, see nothing and return in rain/clag so decided to leave them off.

Changed into dry clothes, drove home. Needless to say the weather cleared up considerably near Blairgowrie and was very nice around Gleneagles. Back home in time for lunch – meant I could watch some of the golf and miss the traffic on the A9.
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:43 pm

That's an impressive bit of serial bagging, RH, lots of ascent on Saturday.
I love those shots from Morrone of the stripes of light and darker green foliage - really like camouflage paint on the hills.
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby RiverSong » Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:06 pm

Really enjoyed this, haven't been to Braemar for over a year now and I really miss it. Good to see your photos, The Mar Lodge Estate is something special 8)
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby jonny616 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:18 pm

Great read RH. Cheers 8)
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:56 am

A good 2 days bagging there RH. All nice short walks these or long hard ones if you combine them. Good stuff, cheers :D
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby BoyVertiginous » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:14 am

Pity about the last two, rockhopper, a good haul nonetheless and you've given me a few ideas...again.

Having a little chuckle/cry at the directness of your Monamenach route, as it brought back memories of doing this back in January when set off from the Compass outdoor Centre with the intention of doing Mealna Letter as well but, wasn't feeling great and walked around Loch Beanie, almost to your start point! (up between Craigenloch and Creagan Caise Hills), to ascend Monamenach. Was really toiling in deep snow on the way back and took me about 8 or 9 hours all in by the time I reached the outdoor centre. Somehow mustered enough energy for the drive home but, broke out in a fever on return and ended up in hospital that night with a virus that was attacking my joints and ultimately messed-up both achilles'.

Can smile about it now but, if I do manage to get out this winter, I'll be taking more direct routes :lol:
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby SecretSquirrel » Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:27 am

Good report, I haven't seen many reports of those hills. I like the idea of combining shorter walks into 1 or 2 days.
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby Silverhill » Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:44 pm

Tick, tick, tick, great stuff! That must be a different experience for you, considering your munro bagging reputation :wink: : a trip that lasts only 1 hour and 6 minutes! Makes sense to do lots of those in one day :D . Shame the weather didn’t co-operate on Sunday for more bagging.
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby Fife Flyer » Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:00 pm

Nice one RH, no slacking for you :lol: :lol:

Quite a bit of planning involved, you must have had the maps out :clap:
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby Gordie12 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:39 pm

Good effort rockhopper - done all of these except for Carn na Drochaide. Morrone may not be the most attractive top with all the masts but on a good day the views north are just brilliant.

Hope you enjoyed the golf, watched every shot over the 3 days (the only sport that can keep me away from the hills).
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby simon-b » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:23 pm

That's what I call life after compleating. Definitely something to look forward to; it's great to have a reason to revisit the Braemar area.
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby dooterbang » Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:41 pm

I think someone has compleating a round of Corbetts as a new goal :wink:

Looked a good weekend. Hope your cold/manflu has cleared up.
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Re: Some hills near Braemar

Postby Mountainlove » Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:29 am

:clap: thats what I call ticking hills off! Well done for the round of hills...impressive! Can't say I was ever done by 10am on a Sunday 8)
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