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31. Auchtavan NO 204 955

Glorious Glen Fearder

10/6/15We ran from Aberarder up onto Meall Gorm from the south side then dropped down into Glen Fearder through some steep and rough stuff before crossing the burn and climbing up to Auchtavan . This is one of my favourite parts of Deeside and the botany and wildlife didn’t let us down today. I almost trod on an owl which took off from under a tree by my feet and we also saw red deer and mountain hare too. There are loads of alpine flowers in the limestone rock slabs near the top of Meall Gorm if you approach the summit from the ridge to the east.

Auchtavan and Leac Gorm

Parked at Knockan and then on foot up past Balmore towards Auchtavan. Made the mistake of following the waymarkers rather than checking our map. This meant we followed the historic trail much further north before it brought us around to Auchtavan. Still, you can’t get enough history can you?
Back down the main track and onto Phil’s route. Spotted (smelled) the dead sheep and took the straightforward track up to Leac Gorm.

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Glen Feardar

Headed up here with my Mum. Started from car park at end of tarmac road at Aberarder along way-marked trail to Auchtavan. On way back followed trail past another old settlement known as Loin. From here I made a wee detour onto Leac Ghorm which had lovely view across to Lochnagar and Ben Avon / Beinn a Bhuird, before heading back to Aberarder.

Glen Feardar

Headed up here with my Mum. Started from car park at end of tarmac road at Aberarder along way-marked trail to Auchtavan. On way back followed trail past another old settlement known as Loin. From here I made a wee detour onto Leac Ghorm which had lovely view across to Lochnagar and Ben Avon / Beinn a Bhuird, before heading back to Aberarder.

In Aberarder

Up this glen to reach Auchtavan, the ancient fermtoun. I started beside the old church in very windy conditions. There is a good track all the way up. I saw a mistle thrush, a pair of bullfinches, several greylag geese, four lapwings and some frogs.

A fine 21st

For once the powers smiled on me and although cold and wet on the tootsies the paths were on thw whole good and the high waters that had to be crossed were still iced over, though the streams were in flood mode. Maybe truely special views explained the huge paths and the queues to the top.

Duncan