I started from the car park at the Stock Mounth sign. I haven’t been up the hill since it was all moorland. The track is badly eroded, especially up in the forest area and the wind farm changes the landscape a bit. Birds included kestrel, buzzard, song thrush, curlew, snipe, goldcrest, skylark, lapwing, siskin and pied wagtail.
Well there we are: Lochnagar back in full winter clothing, all the buttress routes looked in fine shape from bottom to top. Feeling maybe I was a wee bit optimistic in putting the full winter gear in the loft with a variety of shorts and t-shirts in the outdoor draw. Plodded slowly up Glen Girnock, which has a great dirt road and is truely stunnng. At Loinveg I headed up hil and track was soon replaced by heather. Fairly short grunt to gentle slope leading to the final steepening. Several fine cairns on points of no significance with a tiny pile of stones on the summit.
Afternoon had dogs to be walked so wondered up Baderonoch Hill, descending via Lazy well. Then ticking took over and Knockergetty and Tomnaverie stone circle.
I started from Boig farm, and found a right of way to Cushnie. It was paths all the way after that, and a bit of snow beyond the trees. Great views all round, but that will go in time as the upper slopes are all planted with trees now. Plenty of birds on the farm and in the woods, but nothing on the open hill. Wheatear, pied wagtail, buzzard, jay, song thrush, mistle thrush, blackbird, bullfinch, wren, goldcrest and my first cuckoo of the year.
Ankle been playing up so fancied a gentle run. The track up the dale of Lerry Burn was indeed gentle. From the Lodge continue return back down the valley for a bit before crossing the river and heading gently up to the Hill of Candacraig. Descent by the east ridge to cross river and short climb back to the road.
A half hour cycle from the car park at the Spittal took me to the start of the Dubh Loch path. Despite the earlier forecast it was still warm and sunny, and it was a treat to be up here again after some thirty years. I saw lots of red deer, plus buzzard, raven, kestrel, oystercatcher, curlew, common sandpiper, common gull, wren, willow warbler, both wagtails, ring ouzel and siskin.
Sun 19th April
Excellent run up Coyles of Muick, through the woods – great views from the top.
Then onward to Craig Megan with the snow on Lochnagar peeking out of the cloud. Massive herd of red deer cleared out of the way for me….
Then down towards Inchnabobart, following the many deer tracks. Wade across the river, in the shallows just downstream from Inchnabobart.
On up the track to Cul nan Gad for a brief look back up to Loch Muick
Descending off the hill onto the road, down to the waterfall at Linn of Muick
Finishing off down the road back to the car at Mill of Stern.
Great ramble around Glen Muick! – about 18km.
Headed out on the bike for a loop from the S Deeside road over via the Girnock to Glen Muick and back by Birkhall. Abandoned the bike in Glen Muick for a quick nip up Creag Megan on foot, before continuing on down past the Linn of Muick. Glorious day to be out.
Followed DaveH lead in combining these three cps but did the route in the reverse direction. The Fog House is somewhere we haven’t been before and we had a great view on a hot sunny day. Meall Gorm was a bit of a struggle up through the newly planted trees but when we stopped for a breather we had a fine view over to Braemar. The run down from Meall Gorm, initially heather, eventually picks up a lovely grassy track for a fine run over to the hut at Felagie. That just leaves Meall Alvie which is simply to be described as “a tough climb”.
Photo 1 – Fog House in the sunshine
Photo 2 – View from Meall Gorm west to Braemar
Photo 3 – A very small cairn on Meall Alvie. To be found between some peaty puddles and a drystane dyke