While the serious runners were at Slioch, K and I had a gentle walk around Lamahip and Craig Lash. Started just west of the Bucket mill where there is space to park by a track which according to the map only goes a short way – don’t believe the map round here. It actually goes all the way to Finlets Cairn where it becomes the path marked on the map. The northward extension of this on the other hand, doesn’t really exist. On the way up the (rather steep) path we saw what I think was a white tailed eagle circling over the woods. It was far too big to be anything other than an eagle, and had a white head and (I think) a white tail. I’ve never seen one over here but I know some were reintroduced to the east coast. Whatever it was, it was huge. Carried on to Corybeg then Lamahip. There have always been lots of seagulls here, strange so far from water. There is a track to the top, but the start isn’t easy to spot, and it isn’t very good. Back to Corybeg, then straight down the hill, through the gate in the fence and on to Craig Lash. Took the track south west from the summit, over the other top, then followed other tracks, some good, some not so good, down the Burn of Finlets to the road. Very nice woodland around here. I’ve seen capercaillie here in the past, but not for a few years. From the car we went down to the ford and K went to point 82. I didn’t want to get my feet wet and I’ve already done it so I didn’t bother to wade the river.
From Corsedardar memorial on the wet paths to start with..they always seem to be so up here…then the forest tracks up to the Caper enclosure. Brilliant day on the top of Craig Lash and a bonus is that most of the higher heather is avoidable.
Back down to the wall; follow along it getting the feet wet and follow its line up Cory Beg. Again really short cropped heather. Took the landrover track down towards Lamship, branching off right on a very indistinct track that goes all the way to the summit cairn. A great day for views from these hills.
Headed north down the very rocky slope (in places) to the landrover track that twists and turns all the way to the Murley road turnoff. Decided to take in the top of Arntilly Wood on the way back to the car.
Great Rainbow and surprisingly dry. Based on tracks a popular hill for runners!.
Steph and I set off from the car park just up from Starrypool, there is a fair bit of timber extraction going on at the moment so the paths are fairly muddy but we are hill runners are we not? We were fairly certainly we knew the way as we had followed this route before with Warren at the helm, turns out it was about 8 months ago and it is fairly convoluted, therefore, there was a lot of heather bashing.About 3/4 of a mile from the car park there is a little ride on the right which cuts off a fair bit of the boring track, it is a tad wet but it does the job, from there you carry on the path to the right, through the deer fence gate and carry on till the end of the track.
Head through the small gap in the fence into the trees and then get lost!! Through our efforts I suggest you do not go as far as the gully on the left and in no circumstances head across it and into the deep, shin ripping heather…or wear shorts for that matter.
Once you find your (better) way to the top Craig Lash it is a fairly non descript top, more of a rise really. Head onto the main track and once you pass the cairn at the top take a left and head down for about 200 metres, you will find a fairly indistinct track on the right. Don’t miss this, we carried on for about a mile till we met the track coming over from Glen Cat, found a flail cut track which paralleled the track we just came down and headed back up it, then just went straight up the hill to the faintly underwhelming top that is Lamahip (see splendid photo!).
We took the indistinct path back to the main track, back to the cairn and turned back to the West, lovely long descent here from about 1200 feet to 600, we came past a very small lochan which was still frozen, not sure if it would have held our weight but it certainly looked pretty thick.
On down to the strange wee cabin (anyone know the history of this?) and then through the newly felled area and into the fields above Ballogie, we took a very small path which required a fairly steep climb up through the trees. Final descent down to Starrypool, mainly because we took a wrong turn. I have included the strava upload for this route so you can see where not to go!
I headed for Craig Lash from here. Not a stunningly interesting route, except for the Long Cairn, a fine Bronze Age site. It needed a fair bit of navigating, due to differences from my map to the ground, but the track up to the summit was a bonus. The original plan was to go on to Lamahip, but a painful toe, the result of a meeting between (among?) my young granddaughter, a door and my bare foot, put paid to that, especially when I saw the approach through long heather from the summit of Craig Lash. No wildlife again, unless you count Derek and Evelyn, whom I met on the way back. Derek’s map was different again from mine!
Set out from the Tom’s Cairn parking along the footpath. Once we got onto the farmtrack we noticed someone appear from the woods in front of us, waving (slightly) madly. It was PhilB on his way back from Craig Lash.
He gave us some useful route advice and said the woods were really quiet having seen no wildlife. We did see one deer and heard one bird. I don’t know what kind of bird but it went “tweety, tweety, tweety, tweet.
The drystane dyke running along the northside of Craig Lash is a good handrail.
Once into the open space around the hill, take the land-rover track up through the small group of firs marked on the map.
Couldn’t see a cairn or anysuch so just this tree so took random photo looking south to Clachnaben.
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Jamie and I ventured out on Thursday night to Craiglash which neither of us had explored previously. I used the force to navigate (GPS) and then decided there wasn’t enough force (battery) to do Lamahip and it probably made sense to leave it for the daytime! So headed back the same way and went up Toms Cairn. Beautiful clear night.
Parked half way along Glencat and ran out to the farm at the end. Then up the track towards Forest of Birse, turning left at the top towards Lamahip. From Lamahip continued over Corybeg to Craiglash and then back down to Glencat by the track past Murley. Nice morning but felt a cold westerly wind when out of the trees. Saw lapwing down in the glen and a weasel on the drive there.
Friday 13th Feb
Great loop route to run, shame about the visibility – with only about 100m, it wasn’t at all obvious where the top was on Craig Lash. Thanks to GPS, was able to confirm I had been in the right place afterwards!
Still enough snow about to show up quad bike tracks that were reassuring. Lovely descent off north side of Lamahip down to Balogie end of Glencat. Here is a GPX download from my Garmin – hope it works
Balogie-woods north of Finzean house; up track towards Craiglash, taking a left about 500m after the big gate. Follow tracks westwards off Craiglash. Cross through large fence, head westwards until landrover track heading north. Take left to Lamahip.