Sat 29th August
Following Donald’s suggestion, parked on roadside south of Meall Alvie and did the steep ascent straight up through the woods. It was slow going! Descending, had to go down NW shoulder, as N face was way too steep. Onto vehicle track and then took footpath over towards Meall Gorm. Excellent view off N side to Glen Feardar. Descended SW to vehicle track and then S back towards Invercauld House. The Fog House is a lovely surprise, great for a short excursion & picnic, but I didn’t have one that day! Return via Keiloch and cycle trail, crossed road & followed river path until it ran out; back on to road for a few 100m to the car.
Headed SE off the top of Meall Gorm following damp vegetation with lots of flowering Butterworts. Along an estate track for a short distance then headed SE and went through the ruins of an old community. Crossed two Ford’s and kept my feet dry. Water very refreshing at the first one. Continued to Felagie then headed up Meall Alvie following a stone wall. On the top watched a Draggonfly flying round the pond. Went down the same way gathering a swarm of flies as I went. Stopped at Felagie to de tick. Returned to the Keiloch car park. Wednesday 1st July.
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14/06/2015 Ran from Keiloch car park up to the Fog house (cp 28) then round below the crags on Craig Leek, across the track and up Meall Alvie (cp 30).It was a lovely day but the temperature was back to single figures and there was fresh snow on Lochnagar.
Followed DaveH lead in combining these three cps but did the route in the reverse direction. The Fog House is somewhere we haven’t been before and we had a great view on a hot sunny day. Meall Gorm was a bit of a struggle up through the newly planted trees but when we stopped for a breather we had a fine view over to Braemar. The run down from Meall Gorm, initially heather, eventually picks up a lovely grassy track for a fine run over to the hut at Felagie. That just leaves Meall Alvie which is simply to be described as “a tough climb”.
Photo 1 – Fog House in the sunshine
Photo 2 – View from Meall Gorm west to Braemar
Photo 3 – A very small cairn on Meall Alvie. To be found between some peaty puddles and a drystane dyke
Up to the Keiloch and round the crags from the road behind Invercauld House to reach the Fog House. This is a great track but the views were poor due to the very dull weather. I then went on to the track up Meall Alvie, which vanishes for a while before reappearing on the steep section. Despite the beautiful pinewoods in both areas, not a bird did I see or hear. Thankfully, on emerging at the cliffs above Felagie, a peregrine falcon appeared, followed by two ravens.
Just about recovered from being dead in the water at the end of yesterday’s run, so went for a walk up Meal Gorm from Keiloch. Very easy walking on a path nearly all the way, just a bit of heather at the end. There are a lot of newly planted trees on the slopes of the hill, particularly on the direct route down that we took. Had lunch at the Fog House, which is a lovely spot. By the time we had got almost back to the car, the sun came out so we added Meall Alvie, just because we could. Follow the path marked on the map, then head straight to the top. It is very steep.