Parked up in the far corner of the Dufftown Golf course car park after checking with the clubhouse.
Walked along the road a wee bit to gain access to the hill track, passing a riot of snowdrops in the woods next to the clubhouse.
Further up the track we could see some forestry operations had taken place, but we were puzzled why some Scots pines had been felled, branches trimmed and trunks left. The current ones felled were scattered around and not a plantation.
There was some evidence of older felling where the Scots pines had also been felled and left. Would've thought the timber had some value, as they were sizeable trees.
There seemed to be quite a number of pheasant, partridge and higher up - grouse.
We turned right and ascended the wee Conval first. The top was nearest with a correspondingly wee cairn, whilst further to the NE, the trig point had a bigger cairn along side.
The views here were better - down to Dufftown and Aberlour the other direction.
Another whisky distilley paradise !
The summit fort was easier to see on google earth than on the ground. The light breeze had an edge on it so we headed back down to the bealach and ascended the muddy path up Meikle Conval. We were able to avoid most of the gutters until on the top where the ground was firmer. At the far end of the summit plateau was a reasonable cairn, where we peered over to Ben Rinnes through a cloud of smoke, as someone futher down the hill was burning heather. Rinnes had a recent dusting of snow still adhering to its north slope - awaiting tonights' forecasted dump - of snow. Our views over distillery mecca were extended further !
The breeze had dropped, so we stopped for a wee while, drinking in the views.
Harvey was enjoying himself belting around the dubs on the top, breaking the ice and crunching bits up !
Soon we had to leave, meeting a couple ascending on our way down. It seemed to warm up so we doffed our fleeces and headed down to the Golf Club, spotting a buzzard and a gnarled old Larch tree on the way.
A couple of Typhoons from Lossie roared overhead as we walked down the track, distubing the peace of the countryside.
A thoroughly pleasant walk, although Harvey was pretty clarted from the muddy path on the Meikle.
Stopped for a coffee in Dufftown as the Golf Club bar wasn't open, then home.
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