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33. Leac Ghorm NO 222 955

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.

Back in Aberarder

The forecast said dull and 9 degrees, but it was sunny and warm as I headed back up to Aberarder to climb Leac Ghorm. The approach is similar to Auchtavan, but you go straight on at the turn off for the ancient farm. Round the corner, look for a pile of boulders and a dead sheep, There, I found a track, not marked on the map, which connects the two tracks on the map and heads straight up the hill. From the upper, now disused track, it is an easy climb over short, recently burnt heather to the top. Great views again from the summit, particularly over the Auchtavan farmland towards the Cairngorms. I saw a buzzard, a few black grouse, some wheatears, a great spotted woodpecker, song and mistle thrushes and a pair of greylag geese.

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