Two from Muick & Ballater

Route: Craigendarroch oakwoods, Ballater

Corbetts: Conachcraig
Sub 2000s: Craigendarroch

Date walked: 24/02/2019

A couple of pretty standard hills for this particular adventure, with a couple of hills in or near Ballater. First was the Glen Muick Corbett of Conachcraig. This was then followed by the Ballater sub 2000 of Craigendarroch.

I’d realised that my slightly late start might be a bit of a mistake, as many of the popular parking areas for hillwalkers were all looking quite full. I was bracing myself for the Spittal of Glen Muick parking area being chocker........I wasn’t wrong :lol: , but thankfully was lucky enough to spy a space on arrival. Certainly no chance of getting away from the crowds here.........it was busier than a Saturday afternoon in Sauchiehall Street :lol: Parking for the day isn’t cheap, at £4.........but at least there are toilets provided :D

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Getting away from it all :lol:

My route for Conachcraig was pretty straightforward...........following the Lochnagar path up to the 678 high point on the track.

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Setting off

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The good thing about popular areas is you get plenty of help :lol:

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My target ahead of me

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A nice, but brief, walk through some trees

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The path what I was walking on

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Time to leave the track and head up hill

From there it was a straightforward path up to the plateau. I got a bit confused, as there are three granite tors on the top and I wasn’t sure which one was the highest.......so had to visit them all :wink:

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Heading up hill

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View back to Lochnagar

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Almost at the summit

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Summit plateau

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Mount Keen

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Lochnagar again

Great views, especially back Lochnagar and also off to the distant Mount Keen.

Headed off to the subsidiary Caisteal na Caillich, to extend the walk a little. Then back the way I had come and back to the car park, which had emptied a little by that time.

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Caisteal na Caillich

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What a relief :lol:

Then it was back to Ballater, where I parked up in the big car park behind the Church (with excellent facilities – I must be a man of a certain age, given my obsession with toilets :lol:).

For Craigendarroch I simply followed the WH route. It was a pleasant late afternoon stroll to the top and then drop down to follow a path skirting high above the Pass of Ballater.

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There's a clue there somewhere :lol:

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Nice route throug the trees

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I really do like a nice tree

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Very nice route as height was gained

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Pano of the viewpoint........the summit is a little further along the path

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Cloud formation from the actual summit

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Following the route off the hill

Started hearing voices and eventually picked out a couple of chaps climbing up the face of Creag an t-Seabhaig. I’d have loved to have joined them, but......... :lol:

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Why........? :lol:

Soon enough I was back at the car and then heading home. A super little hill to end the day.

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