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Geallaig Hill – another blustery day

Wed 25th Nov
Started out from the cairn at the high point of the Old Military Road – good track all the way to Geallaig Hill. A nice 9k out & back run, windy but thankfully the rain held off.
View over towards Balmoral, with ominous clouds over the hilltops:

Clais Fhearnaig & Tom Anthon

Wed 18th Nov
A blustery day – Cycled in from Linn of Dee to the path up to Clais Fhearnaig. Nice shelter in the little glen.

Back down to Inverey car park and ran out the track up the west side of Tom Anthon. Approached the top from the south side.
Descended down the north side to the Cairn, across a fence. Large cairn, with no memorial markings – I surmised it to be a memorial to cairn builders! Interesting descent down past the cliffs through the woods to the car park following a few faint deer tracks.
View from Tom Anthon up Glen Ey.

The Cairn

Down by the cliffs

Winter’s here – up Glenshee

Mon 16th Nov
Well it looked nice leaving Aboyne – but all thoughts of a circuit over by Glas Maol were gone after passing through Braemar. Parked in car park below Dubh Choire and put on some extra layers. Ran alongside the river till the next bridge, had to cross the bridge and use the footbridge to cross over the full burns. Followed the track up to Sron na Gaoithe, thankfully sheltered on the lee side until arriving at the top – did not stay there long! Return rapidly on same route.
Back down to Braemar with just enough daylight to get up Creag Choinnich. Very nice track up through the woods and made up to very good walking track to the top after the woods. Followed another track, not marked on the map, back down to the woods and picked up the return loop. Need to go back for a run around by the Lion’s Face another time. Thankfully did not suffer Ursula’s wincing experience on the way down!!

At the top of Sron na Gaoithe, not much to see….

the track to Glas Maol


Monday 9th Nov
A nice wee 7k diversion on my way into Aberdeen! Ran up from Raemoir House, lots of forestry work going on. Clear blustery morning.

Glorious day in and above Glen Ey

Tue 3rd Nov
Cycled in from Inverey, first stop The Colonel’s Bed – what a fascinating gorge. Then onward up to Altanour Lodge, at 10k, for a snack and park the bike before deciding to do a few extra Munroes on such glorious day. Headed up the ridge to An Socach where I was greeted by two ladies who had walked over from Glenshee. Then across the saddle to Beinn Lutharn Bheag, and then on to Mam nan Carn, and finally Beinn Lutharn Mhor. Amused to see a fourth Lochan Uaine below. Lovely run along the top and then down the ridge. Final section was boggy for last 2k back to the bike. Great bike ride back down the glen.
The Colonel’s Bed

Clear blue sky on Beinn lutharn Mhor!

The fourth Lochan Uaine below Beinn lutharn Mhor

My third Lochan Uaine!

Mon 2nd Nov
Cycled in to turn off for Gleann Luibeg (8k), then a 5k run/walk following the stream up to Lochan Uaine, snuggled into the cliffs below Ben MacDui. Another brilliant day with great views. Returned on higher ground to pick up the track down from Sron Riach – then a fast run back to the bike. 25k total, in about 4 hours.

Pano of the Loch – with a shadow selfie!

The view down Gleann Luibeg from Lochan Uaine

The Balmoral Cairns

Thurs 29th Oct
Cycled around six of the Balmoral Cairns – a great afternoon’s entertainment showing a friend around. Especially as the weather obliged by clearing up to give us the best part of the day.
At the Princess Royal’s Cairn – a fine way to have one’s marriage recorded!

Tom Breac

Mon 26th Oct
Cycled in from the Old Military Road, 3.5k up from Crathie junction. Only about 1.5k was cycleable, ran the rest, up over An Creagan, across Duchrie Burn and up to Tom Breac. Return same route – 10k total.

Yet another lovely part of Deeside

Fri 23rd Oct
Breezy late afternoon run, starting from Invercauld bridge, running up past the Garbh Allt waterfalls and bridge, then took the woodland track heading east/NE towards Craig Doin, where the woods opened out to a lovely hidden valley. Followed the track onward to Prince’s Stone, which records the night HRH the Prince Consort slept the night there in a wooden hut. Good sheltered location in a gulley surrounded by high ground. Back down the gulley and then followed deer tracks over to Craig Doin. Good run back down to Invercauld along same track as outbound.