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83. Lamahip NO 554 927

Range of CP’s

I haven’t been posting my CP’s so thought it was time to get them recorded so I get my mug for reaching 50! Most were done with the kids over the summer. One of the most memorable was my daughter encountering an adder on Tom Anthon, I have never seen her move as fast. Clais Fhearnaig is a beautiful spot, I can’t imagine going there if it wasn’t for the CP and I will definitely go back.
So the CP’s I have done over the last few months are: Lamahip, River Dee (by Shooting Greens), Brackloch Craig, Fog House, Creag Choinich, Colonel’s Bed, Tom Anthon, Claus Fhearnaig, Benaquhaillie.


Parked on the Forest of Birse road and followed the tracks to the top. Sea Gulls flying round. Picnic lunch on the top with Sarah and Panda. Back to the car ,just missing torrential rain. Sunday 21 st June. [JaneO,SarahO]

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eagles and seagulls

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.

Sunshine on Birse

To Birse, starting up the track in the open ground a mile or more beyond the Bucket Mill, to ascend Lamahip. The weather was just spectacular as I headed up through the pines, and easily found the old track mentioned in an earlier blog to reach the summit. There were lots of common gulls around, plus black grouse, jay, song thrush and wren.

Sunny and still and views all around

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.

Good day

Lamahip & Craig Lash – the John Major & David Cameron of hil ls





You know when you think you know where you are going and then you don’t, well the CP trip for today was a wee magical mystery tour.
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!

83 Lamahip from Craig Lash

Having come up onto Craig Lash via land-rover track, it is tempting (we were) to continue off the hill via the same track going west. However this soon fizzles out and leaves you stranded. Probably better to leave the hill going north and picking up the track going west alongside the drystane dyke.
We eventually came out at a large gate at NO565 921. Couldn’t see any obvious trail beyond here so turned north on east side of fence to NO564 923 where there is a small gate. Getting west from here is still heathery but fewer trees.
Eventually arrived at track junction at NO561 921 and kept going west looking for a way up onto Lamahip through the deep heather.
At NO558 922 there is a very old vehicle track going all the way to the top, much better. Part way up, a recently fallen tree obscures the sharp left turn in the track.

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Lamahip and Craiglash from Glencat

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.

challenge 2015

On this day, 2 windproofs were barely enough, but a great tailwind from mudlee bracks to lamahip (the top of lamahip is surprisingly easy to miss in poor visibility – if it wasn’t for Steph and Andy’s photos I’d not have kept looking for the cairn).

mudlee bracks 15 Feb 2015

lamahip 15 Feb 2015



Misty run, was I really 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

Route outline:
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.

Misty view of the Cairn on Lamahip