It's surprising how many nice hikes and bike rides are possible to find around Aberdeen without the need of a car (which we don't have..). The Cairngorms are of course our favourite target, and last Saturday we had another adventure there: Mount Keen from Glen Tanar. Due to the very long approach to the mountain, we took our bikes in the bus, stopped in Dinnet and cycled towards Glen Tanar and after that in the beautiful pinewoods of its valley. The route was really pleasant, without any steep slopes for which I could have get short of breath. At the end of this long 11 km track, we could abandon our bikes and start to climb Mount Keen, standing out with all its beauty. After a couple of snow showers, in about 40 minutes we were on top. Sun came out, and with it an amazing 360° landscape around us. Time for ritual pictures and to memorise that beauty, and then run down, as the wind was very strong up there and the air freezing!
Mount Keen on the left
Top of Mount Keen
Lochnagar far away
Glen Tanar pinewoods
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