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"But I'm not a Jacobite!"

Route: Tomintoul circular, Tomintoul

Date walked: 20/06/2024

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 4.25km

Ascent: 72m

A surprisingly fun packed short walk. We parked at the car park near the post office. There's a handy map there for getting your bearings.
Set off looking for signposting to follow the route clockwise but the signs seemed to want to send us round in an anti-clockwise direction. I think, on reflection, that clockwise is better but more on that shortly.
We obediently headed north east and were delighted to find baby blue tits in the small trees lining the way, sounding as if they were giggling. They were clearly curious about us as they followed from tree to tree for some distance.
After a short time we turned north west and it was our turn to sing to the cows along the way. Then it was into Campdalemore Wood which has a fine variety of trees to admire.
Out of the woods we set off on the elevated esplanade overlooking the River Avon with fine views along the river to the eastern Cairngorm peaks beyond along with an explanatory sign post indicating that we were on an old military road used for the suppression of the Jacobites.
That first mile was quite pleasant but then we hit the steps down to the loop back to Tomintoul. Cue increasing grumbling from Jill about how she wasn't a Jacobite and didn't need these excessively large steps oppressing her.
That was nearly the end of the walk but we got so far with the problematic steps that it didn't make sense to retreat, Jacobites or no.
In reality it didn't take long to get past the steps but after some discussion it emerged that the real problem was probably a partially ingrown toenail. Still, large steps for a short person are probably more easily negotiated in ascent than in descent.
After the steps there was another stretch of atmospheric woodland that was teeming with scampering rabbits either startled by us or by the hooting of an owl in the trees.
The last half a kilometre was less interesting and passed by some houses but overall this was a great wee walk but definitely better to go clockwise if you don't have long Jacobite suppressor legs.
Took one more detour round the village to see if we could visit the horses we'd spotted on the walk and we were in deed able to say hello from a distance.

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High quality information board at the car park.

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Unnervingly similar to the map that number six was offered in The Village. Still, if you are experiencing any sort of existential crisis it does assert that "You are here." as some measure of reassurance.

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At the unarguably pleasant village square, looking for the Tomintoul Circular signpost.

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The route is so well signposted that even I feel that I cannot go wrong.

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Lots of colourful wildflowers (or possibly weeds) at the start.

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Chirruping baby blue tits.

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Oystercatcher?

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Lapwing.

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Heading north west to the cows and then to Campdalemore Wood.

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Progress monitored.

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Serenading the cows.

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Approaching Campdalemore Wood.

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Brief moment of confusion as we reach the junction with the Speyside Way.

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Some big trees at the edge of the wood.

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Path emerges at the roadside before joining the route of the military road built as a result of Culloden.

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No we get some grand views of eastern Cairngorm peaks.

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Down the steps to the road and there is a clash with an ingrown toenail and a suspicion that the steps are excessively large as part of a wider Jacobites/shorter person suppression initiative in conjunction with the military road..

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More steps!

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Lapwing.

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Now looping back to Tomintoul via the riverside and then a wood.

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Lots of nervous looking rabbits in the wood -either because of us or possibly because of the hooting owl we can all hear.

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In the wood.

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Still smiling after a painful descent of the steps.

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As you can see, we are out of the woods.

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It is an easy stroll through The Village and back to the car.

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Distance: 191.9 km
Ascent: 12074m
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Ascent: 12583m
Munros: 4
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Distance: 164.25 km
Ascent: 8347m
Munros: 2
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Distance: 136.75 km
Ascent: 9700m
Munros: 1
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Trips: 12
Distance: 73 km
Ascent: 5261m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1
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Trips: 6
Distance: 55 km
Ascent: 3917m
Fionas: 3
Sub2000s: 1

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Trips: 7
Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 2950m
Fionas: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2009

Trips: 4
Distance: 24.5 km
Ascent: 2194m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 1

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Distance: 24 km
Ascent: 3189m

2007

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Distance: 31 km
Ascent: 1896m

2006

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Distance: 37 km
Ascent: 3730m

2004

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Distance: 44 km
Ascent: 2706m
Corbetts: 1

2003

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Distance: 50 km
Ascent: 5760m
Fionas: 1
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2002

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Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2449m

2001

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Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 4245m
Munros: 2

2000

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Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1300m
Munros: 3

1999

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Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 900m
Corbetts: 1

1998

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Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 1055m
Munros: 2

1997

Trips: 1
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1400m
Fionas: 1

1995

Trips: 4
Distance: 80 km
Ascent: 4322m
Munros: 3
Fionas: 1

1994

Trips: 2
Distance: 35.5 km
Ascent: 2477m
Corbetts: 2
Fionas: 1
Sub2000s: 1

1993

Trips: 1
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 1100m

1992

Trips: 2
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 2345m


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