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A day full of Eastern Promise.

A day full of Eastern Promise.


Postby martin.h » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:14 pm

Route description: Mount Keen by Glen Tanar

Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen

Date walked: 20/09/2016

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 27 km

Ascent: 795m

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Mount Keen was always on the agenda for this holiday and staying in Breamar made it a relativly short car ride to the start.

We did the WH route from Glen Tanar knowing it's a long walk but that didn't matter as the weather was perfect.
A bike would have been ideal for this but we're not blessed with with such luxuries yet or the means to transport them, well, not yet anyway, after this holiday they're on the shopping list.

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Car park and riding school at the start.

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Plenty of information to let you know you're on the right track.

The walk along Glen Tanar is lovely, in the trees it was cool and fragrant, out of the trees the views are great and today it was warm with very little wind.

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Half way hut, about an hour from the car park.
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Mount Keen itself is hidden from view on the initial stages of this walk but starts appearing about halfway along and it looks pretty big, there's no mistaking the path, it's a big white line up the mountainside, considering this is the less popular ascent route the path is well used.

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Across the third bridge over the Tanar the track becomes rougher with a lot of loose stones and boulders. Above this section the path becomes more stable and progress is easier.

The final part of the ascent gets a bit steeper compared to the route so far and turns bouldery near the summit.
We reached the summit 3.5 hrs after leaving the car and with it being just before midday we decided to have a sit down lunch and appreciate the views.

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Summit pose.

Big views
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Yesterday's hills.

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Summit shelter, ready for a bit of "down time"
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Plenty of seats with a view.
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Braid Cairn.
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After lunch we set off back the way we'd come, the sun was still shining so we took our time, it's not often we've been able to appreciate good weather this year so this was a treat.

Looking down to Glen Tanar
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Spoilt for choice.
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Water of Tanar
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We had another great day, we really enjoyed Mount Keen. So that's the most easterly Munro done, we've done the furthest north and south on the mainland so, watch out Ladhar Bheinn, we've got you in our sights.
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Re: A day full of Eastern Promise.

Postby BlackPanther » Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:50 pm

It's a lovely walk. We actually found Glen Tanar more interesting than the Munro itself :lol: Late summer/autumn is probably the best time for this route, with purple heather and grass turning yellow... Aah the charms of the East :D
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Re: A day full of Eastern Promise.

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:02 pm

Very tempting - it looks more interesting from Glen Tanar than from the south. Well done on organising the weather :lol: :lol:
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Re: A day full of Eastern Promise.

Postby mrssanta » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:13 pm

Glen Tanar is lovely especially at this time of year and into October
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Re: A day full of Eastern Promise.

Postby martin.h » Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:52 am

BlackPanther wrote:It's a lovely walk. We actually found Glen Tanar more interesting than the Munro itself :lol: Late summer/autumn is probably the best time for this route, with purple heather and grass turning yellow... Aah the charms of the East :D


Hi BP, and it's so much quieter too, we only saw three people all day.
it is a long walk but that's part of the appeal, using a bike would shorten it but I can't help thinking you'd miss things.

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Very tempting - it looks more interesting from Glen Tanar than from the south. Well done on organising the weather :lol: :lol:


Hi Huff_n_Puff, I'm glad we decided on this route, you can take your time and take in the scenery, there was no sense of urgency at all, the weather had a lot to do with that :lol:

mrssanta wrote:Glen Tanar is lovely especially at this time of year and into October


Hi mrssanta, yes, we really enjoyed Glen Tanar and the parts of the Cairngorms we were in, they're a nice contrast to the west of Scotland, we're hoping to go again next year. :D
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