(ok not the loch on the cp but just the wrong side of the watershed)
I made a return trip to Glenmuick to ascend The Stuic, which I missed on my last visit due to very poor visibility. No such problems this time with beautiful sunny conditions. I cycled to the Glas Allt along the loch and climbed from there, cutting through the last valley to the west to emerge at the corrie, leaving a gentle climb to the summit. I returned the same way, after a leisurely lunch admiring the views. I saw greylag geese, pied wagtail, chaffinch. goldcrest, red grouse, ptarmigan and raven.
Fantastic day at Morven Hill Race 2015 – the last of the Scottish Hill Runners Championship Series brought out 6 new course records:
Tom Owens – Overall Record in 43:22
Stewart Whitlie – MV50 in 47:25
Rod Campbell – MV70 in 77:55
Shona Robertson – FV40 in 53:40
Valerie Houston – FV50 in 58:02
Sue Taylor – FV60 in 86:42
Detailed results at http://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=52897
If anyone took any photos, please email them to me.
To Glen Tanar to get to Tom Giubhais. I couldn’t find the start of the track on the map by the Allachy burn, so I crawled over the little ruined bridge and stumbled up through the bracken and heather until I came upon the track on my right, which gave me an easy approach to the summit. There I found a cairn made of five stones! The sun came out briefly while I was there. Only a few grouse, a couple of meadow pipits and a goldcrest appeared.
Fri 18th Sept
Starting from Auchallater, biked in just over 4k, then jogged up to Creag Phadruig, disturbing a herd of red deer. Back down and biked to upper side of Loch Callater. Jog/walk up Jock’s Road / grass track in upper section and then turned south to Tolmount. Good view of head of Glen Doll and surrounding tops. Back down Jock’s road and then crossed over to head up to Loch Kander. Wonderful surprise when you eventually get up over the last section and the Loch is all there hidden in a bowl surrounded by steep sides. More red deer surprised. Looks like Francie should try out Invercauld for stags…..
Friday 11th Sept
From Glenmuick carpark, up to Caisteal na Caillich via the usual track up to Lochnagar. Then down and across the grassy bog around the north shouder of Meikle Pap to approach Lochnagar Loch from the north side. Very strong wind gusting down the cliffs and across the Loch, so went around the north shoulder and saddle to approach Lochnagar top up its NW shoulder. Brief stop on Lochnagar, very low visibility as cloud down over the tops. Then off to the Stuic – will have to come back when there’s good visibility. Then followed track west until the first burn, and followed that down to Dubh Loch. All reasonable running on descending ground. Followed track down from Dubh Loch for half k, then struck out up to Loch Buidhe and then across the flat mossy ground to the track down to Glasallt waterfall. The return back along the loch was quite an effort. 32Km walking/jogging, 6 hours moving time. Fab scenery.
Sat 29th August
Following Donald’s suggestion, parked on roadside south of Meall Alvie and did the steep ascent straight up through the woods. It was slow going! Descending, had to go down NW shoulder, as N face was way too steep. Onto vehicle track and then took footpath over towards Meall Gorm. Excellent view off N side to Glen Feardar. Descended SW to vehicle track and then S back towards Invercauld House. The Fog House is a lovely surprise, great for a short excursion & picnic, but I didn’t have one that day! Return via Keiloch and cycle trail, crossed road & followed river path until it ran out; back on to road for a few 100m to the car.
Sun 16th August
Lovely 10k circuit: Park at Thistledae, run out by Balmore, Ratlich and approach Leac Ghorm from NW side. Great view up the Glen from the top. Then down the ridge (NNW) towards fence, follow fence West and then a farm track to Auchtavan, the Ferm Toon. Return along walkers route back to car.