Whilst Sarah and Jon were putting my eldest through her orienteering paces, I took Carys up the Muick road to collect a couple of easier cps. The Cairns of Cul nan Gad were surrounded by roaring Stags in the mist, meanwhile the Linn of Muick was in full force post the previous nights rain. Finished off with an essential Hot Chocolate at the Bothy!
On 3rd August I cycled from the house down the Glen Muick road to the track below the Cairns where I stashed the bike. I walked up to and around the Cairns of Cul nan Gad. From there, there looked to be a good way of getting to Craig Megan via Craig of Inchnabobart.
Inspired by Warren’s post, we set off to do the four cp tour of lower Glen Muick.
Parked at Mill of Sterin and up via the tracks as far as possible on the Coyles, then into the trees to reach the Cairn/Coyles themselves.
Took a bit of time to decide on a route to Craig Megan and finally decided on south-west from the Coyles to reach the ridge up Craig Megan (we were initially tempted to go down to the deer fence and up the face of Craig Megan but decided it looked too rocky). On the way over we spotted this adder, first we’ve ever seen in the wild. After Craig Megan it was a good run down to the river and a cold crossing in fairly fast moving water. On to the Cairns and back before making our way along to the Linn of Muick and back to the car.
1 – Coyles looking back to Cairn
2 – Adder
3 – From Craig Megan looking into Glen Muick
4 – Cul nan Gad looking back to Coyles
5 – Linn of Muick
Sun 19th April
Excellent run up Coyles of Muick, through the woods – great views from the top.
Then onward to Craig Megan with the snow on Lochnagar peeking out of the cloud. Massive herd of red deer cleared out of the way for me….
Then down towards Inchnabobart, following the many deer tracks. Wade across the river, in the shallows just downstream from Inchnabobart.
On up the track to Cul nan Gad for a brief look back up to Loch Muick
Descending off the hill onto the road, down to the waterfall at Linn of Muick
Finishing off down the road back to the car at Mill of Stern.
Great ramble around Glen Muick! – about 18km.
Unlike Peter and Dave H’s duathlon, my duathlon of these points was driving and then walking, my excuse was it was a family outing. Walk up Allt Darrarie was interesting but we must have walked straight past the illicit still and didn’t realise it was there despite noticing rocks with numbers written on them. We really liked The Cairns of Cul nan Gad because there is a great view for minimal effort. Even less effort was the Linn of Muick as we parked the car right next to the cp!
Weather was not great, albiet a bit warmer so thought a canter round the East side of Glen Muick would be good practice for the Clachnaben Race.
All started well with a gentle jog up a good track then good ground to Cul nan Gad. From therea fine tracl leads to the Scoube (a fine name, whatever it is). Decission time, up to point 698 or down to the river, gentle dizzle meant the river won and all went well down and then up to Creag na Slabhraidh, from where what I imagined would be a nice jog along a ridge never materialised. Instead endless pethags led very slowly to pt 660 and down to the burn of Mohamed (please explain, though no sign of fundamentalists today, n fact no sign of anyone) and the fine track by Allt Darrarie which leeds to the parking, which was close to full and a short road jog to the van.
Biked up to Loch Muick with Pete, calling on the Falls of Muick and Cul nan Gad on the way. From the road end we ran up the Allt Darrarie, which is a nice spot and a lovely run back down. Fast bike down to Ballater and a slow run up Craigendarroch. Then coffee in the Bothy, by which I mean cake. Easy points from then on – Tullich shooting range only about 10 mins, monument only 3, River Dee about 15, boardwalk 7, bit longer up the Vat Burn – didn’t really know where the point was even though I chose it, so just went up until we ran out of clliffs and took the high path back. Finally only 8 mins to the mouth of the Logie Burn, which was very quiet and peaceful though it was getting a bit dark by then. 62km on the bike in 2 hours 20, 20 km run in 2.10, 20 mins in the coffee shop and a not inconsiderable time changing shoes.
The Cairns of Cul nan Gad sounds like something out of Lord of the Rings, but is actually a fairly modest hill with a track going up almost to the top. It was a much clearer but colder day than yesterday and there’s fresh snow on Lochnagar. A different viewpoint and a nice view of an old farming settlement that I haven’t noticed before. Wildlife non-existent.
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