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A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch


Postby StuartA1972 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:12 am

Munros included on this walk: Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch

Date walked: 18/04/2015

Time taken: 6.55 hours

Ascent: 1112m

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The Weather forecast had looked promising for the weekend so I planned to give Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch a go from Loch Muick , this is my first ever report on walk highlands so here we go.

An early start from Newtonhill on the Aberdeenshire Coast had me arriving at Loch Muick car park around 06.40am.

Geared up and set off around 07.00am on a frosty morning I think at around -4deg C with clear sky above , so things were looking good.

It wasn't long before coming across the local wildlife which was very pleasing indeed ,great numbers of Deer.
The route along the south side of the Loch very easy going and at this time in the morning I seemed to be the only one on it.
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Views back the way to where I had set off from.
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The Deer were not moving out the way for me for sure and were very close indeed just off the path to the left near the Boat House.
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Again more views back the way.
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Looking down Loch Muick with Broad Cairn in the background.
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Stayed on this path instead of taking a right to take the other route which would have taken me up via Corrie Chash , I think I made the choice of the easier ascent.

Black Burn Photo
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Looking across toward Lochnagar.
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Toward the Allt Dubh where I would descend later on from Dubh Loch
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Looking down at Glas Allt Shiel lodge.
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Once up at a reasonable height you were now getting a view over to Glen Doll/Glen Clova areas and again more deer away over to the left on Sandy Hillock , didn't capture them on the camera this time. Mountain Hares starting to make a presence also , and every now and again a pair of Black Grouse would fly out the Heather. :)
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Looking back down Loch Muick.
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Looking over to Mount Keen in the distance.
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Just about there for Broad Cairn and the boulder field that lies ahead.
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Views whilst on Broad Cairn
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Looking toward Cairn Bannoch which was the next stop
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View back over to Broad Cairn from Cairn Bannoch
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Looking across to Eagles Rock
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Cairngorm Range to the North.
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Now it was time to head for Dubh Loch which was a bit hard going as the ground was very boggy with all the snow melt ,but good all the same with great scenery surrounding whilst walking by the Allt an Dubh-lach waterfalls.
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Wee bit of snow movement there , this is the slopes of Cairn Bannoch around the area where I made my descent and had to watch what I was doing around that area.
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Looking back up to the waterfalls , the route down which I just taken.
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I reach a bouldery Dubh Loch eventually and then head on down to Loch Muick.
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A few photos of around Loch Muick and it was camera away and crack on back to the car park from the lodge.

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All in all it had been a very enjoyable day and I would certainly recommend this route to anyone , views are fantastic around the area and spoiled for wildlife so I was. :)
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby kev_russ » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:56 pm

Bonie pics on a bonnie day :thumbup: 8)
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby KatTai » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:15 pm

Great report, love it at Loch Muick, even if we never seem to get very far. Took me 3 1/3 hours walking to the big house and back the other day on the path to the right of the loch because the dogs spent so much time in the water! The deer there just don't seem to be bothered by the dogs at all and don't budge which is great!
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:27 pm

Hi - you got a brilliant day for that walk, clear, clear skies.

I've always done Broad Cairn from Glen Doll, it looks an awful lot better from the Loch Muick direction.
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby Graeme D » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:31 pm

A nice first report, and very reminiscent of my day on the same route back in February, even that dodgy looking snow bank coming off Bannoch.
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby Silverhill » Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:14 pm

A great first report. I love your pictures of the waterfalls. :D
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby StuartA1972 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:45 pm

kev_russ wrote:Bonie pics on a bonnie day :thumbup: 8)

Thanks , certainly was a bonnie day for sure
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby StuartA1972 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:47 pm

Graeme D wrote:A nice first report, and very reminiscent of my day on the same route back in February, even that dodgy looking snow bank coming off Bannoch.

Than you , a great report on this from yourself. A wee bit more snow then also
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby StuartA1972 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:49 pm

Silverhill wrote:A great first report. I love your pictures of the waterfalls. :D

Thanks , weather made it that day.
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby StuartA1972 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:51 pm

Gordie12 wrote:Hi - you got a brilliant day for that walk, clear, clear skies.

I've always done Broad Cairn from Glen Doll, it looks an awful lot better from the Loch Muick direction.

I'll have to try it from GlenDoll also , give it a go some day.
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby StuartA1972 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:54 pm

kev_russ wrote:Bonie pics on a bonnie day :thumbup: 8)

Thank you, not like that the day I bet.
Snow I believe
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby StuartA1972 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:14 pm

KatTai wrote:Great report, love it at Loch Muick, even if we never seem to get very far. Took me 3 1/3 hours walking to the big house and back the other day on the path to the right of the loch because the dogs spent so much time in the water! The deer there just don't seem to be bothered by the dogs at all and don't budge which is great!


Thanks, the dogs would have loved it around the loch I bet.
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby mcbboyd » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:43 pm

Great pictures, especially the flat calm Loch Muick. Was there a few days after you, but a little too much wind to get these great reflections. Sounds a great route... may do similar next time I'm there.
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby StuartA1972 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:27 pm

mcbboyd wrote:Great pictures, especially the flat calm Loch Muick. Was there a few days after you, but a little too much wind to get these great reflections. Sounds a great route... may do similar next time I'm there.

Thanks , yes give it a go. Enjoyed your report also.
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Re: A bonnie day up round Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch

Postby dogplodder » Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:12 pm

Useful report as thinking of doing this route. Last time I went in from Glen Doll so fancy this way for a change but wondered about crossing Stulan Burn in spate with snow melt - which I presume it wasn't? 8)
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