Monthly Archives: October 2015

Dinnet Again

Two more points in the Dinnet area. The snow is starting to go so access is getting easier. The boardwalk is a great place for dragonflies, but not in February! Easiest access is from the little car park on the way to the Vat. I went up the Vat burn to get to the upper part. No wildlife at all!

Yet another lovely part of Deeside

Fri 23rd Oct
Breezy late afternoon run, starting from Invercauld bridge, running up past the Garbh Allt waterfalls and bridge, then took the woodland track heading east/NE towards Craig Doin, where the woods opened out to a lovely hidden valley. Followed the track onward to Prince’s Stone, which records the night HRH the Prince Consort slept the night there in a wooden hut. Good sheltered location in a gulley surrounded by high ground. Back down the gulley and then followed deer tracks over to Craig Doin. Good run back down to Invercauld along same track as outbound.


Loch Kinord 10K – Sat 24th Oct 2015

After heavy rain in the morning, it cleared up nicely for the race, and the sun even came out for the later finishers.  107 Runners enjoyed the wet going under-foot.


Back to White Bridge

Another visit to the Linn o’ Dee car park to cycle up past White Bridge to reach Chest of Dee. I left the bike there and carried on up the glen for about a mile before branching off to the right to climb Sgor Mor. The sun emerged and the cloud cleared most of the hills as I reached the summit. There was no path out of the glen but it was easy enough going. It was very windy on the summit, but great views again of several of the bigger Cairngorm hills. It got very warm as I cycled back down the glen. Birds included red grouse, meadow pipit, great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, bullfinch and redwings.

Caisteal na Caillich

Thursday afternoon,15th Oct. Cycled from the house towards Balmoral. Turned off at Abergeldie and headed towards the distillery. Took the track past the Buailteach and came out at Inchnabobart. Stashed the bikes in the woods. Up Carn an Daimh, Conachcraig and eventually Caisteal na Caillich. Disappointed to see crossbike tyre tracks on such fragile ground. Counted 8 heather burns. Nice to see Mountain Hare ( not dead). Came back the same way to the bikes and then attacked by midges. Cycled home along the Glen Muick track. ,

Crannach firing range

I suspect everybody has done this one. Owen, the dog and I went thought we’d get to this via Sgor Buidhe. After much faffing around unable to find the path we gave up. We came up from the grave yard in the end. .

autumn in the upper Dee

Cycled in from Linn of Dee to White Bridge and then on northwards past the Chest of Dee as far as sensible. Autumn colours at the Chest were gorgeous. After abandoning the bikes it was a long slog up onto Beinn Bhrotain. Plenty of stags roaring and a few ptarmigan higher up, but not much other wildlife. Cloud came in a bit on the summit and the wind definitely had an autumnal feel to it. Found a better line on the descent, sticking to the high ground to avoid the bogs. Then a quick whizz back on the bikes. It was going to be too late for the Bothy so a promise of chips was made instead, but sadly the Hungry Highlander let us down. Co-op saved the day with chocolate cake to get us back to Ballater.

That’s me reached enough cps to claim my mug.

Glen Muick

Whilst Sarah and Jon were putting my eldest through her orienteering paces, I took Carys up the Muick road to collect a couple of easier cps. The Cairns of Cul nan Gad were surrounded by roaring Stags in the mist, meanwhile the Linn of Muick was in full force post the previous nights rain. Finished off with an essential Hot Chocolate at the Bothy!