Lochnagar from Braemar via Glen Callater
by MusicalHiker » Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:06 pm
Route description: Lochnagar from Glen Muick
Munros included on this walk: Lochnagar
Date walked: 26/06/2016
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 27 km1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I've had a go at drawing my route on the map… the distance is taken from that, so might not be exact!
At last, I managed to climb Lochnagar, and not the normal route from Loch Muick!
Staying in Braemar, it was either a case of drive 40 miles there and back and do the tourist route, or set off from Braemar and have a wilder, longer walk, which is what I chose, and I'm very glad I did. I hope this helps anyone else going from this end, as there wasn't much available on the subject. The path is on the OS map from Callater Lodge, and in good conditions it's simple but long.
Weather was pretty awful most of the time the week I was in Braemar, but I saw an opportunity on Sunday morning and I took it. I was up at 6am and by 7.15 I was driving the very short distance to park up and start off with the bike. The midges were eating me alive! I set off cycling along the very long track, wondering why I was totally knackered already… on the way back I discovered it's a bit of a hill, and sailed down it on the return almost without pedalling!
I cycled the couple of miles or so until I came to the lodge, and I locked my bike to the flagpole, just in case of bike thieves!
I took a couple of minutes figuring out exactly where the path was, but I found it and started to climb, delighted that the sun was emerging. If you look closely you can see the bike by the flagpole!
The path is well made and easy to follow. Flocks of young grouse scattered around me as I gained height, admiring the views.
There are several other big hills up here, would be easy to include a few more and I was tempted, as you skirt around them just below the summits, but I had a concert to play that night so thought I should be sensible. Shame I wasn't a bit more careful with the sunscreen, I had a headband stripe across my head for the rest of the summer!
The path is good for much of the way, it got a bit fainter as I got higher, and followed it around the other hills, but it was no problem and the visibility was perfect with great views all round. It felt very remote and exciting, and I didn't pass a single other person until I got to the summit.
I stopped for some food on a rock and had a rest. It's a long way, and I saved a lot of time by taking the bike up the track into the glen.
You really don't see the summit coming. It was a bit of a surprise to me, as it looks so different coming at it this way. It was suddenly there! And so were the crowds…. it seemed like a hundred people had come up the Loch Muick way, and some of them were sat on the top loudly talking on FaceTime to their friends at the Golf Club… I resisted the urge to shove them off the edge and sat somewhere quieter for my lunch.
I walked a while towards Meikle Pap, but couldn't make it in time as I had a concert to play that night so I will have to go back another time! It did give me those wonderful views into the corrie!
I made my way back along the same path, getting back to the bike just as the rain swept in. By the time I had cycled back to the car it was chucking it down, so the camera was packed away and I was just delighted to have made the most of the weather.
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