With rain threatening further west, I headed to Glen Muick to go up the glen of the Allt Darrarie, at the Spittal. There’s a narrow, but decent path up, and the burn is quite dramatic in places. There’s a great view back down and across to another challenge, Caisteal na Caillich. As I headed back down the hill, I noticed a movement up above, and there was a golden eagle, in all its glory. It eventually flew over the horizon, but came back a few minutes later, even closer and in the sun. Brilliant! I also saw a dipper, mistle thrush, buzzard, ring ouzel and a big herd of red deer. A great afternoon.