Whiteburn's Wanderings

One man's wanderings backpacking around Scotland plus the odd digression

Braemar Dawdle

9 – 10 Nov 2013; 37km, 2100m ascent.

Quite a pleasant day for a walk up Morrone the only downside was the strengthening wind the higher I got, it was even nice to take shelter for 5 mins behind the ugly cell tower buildings.

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I descended south along the LRT to Auchallater, an easy stroll made a lot more pleasant by the snow cover.

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A short stroll up Glen Callater to where I took the LRT up over Sron nan Gabhar to the summit of Creag nan Gabhar, the wind hadn’t lessened and the odd snow shower came through definitely adding to the winter feel.

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I headed off SE down to the LRT in Bealach Buidhe before taking the FP direct to the lodge, I was a little concerned over a dry crossing of the Allt a’Bhealaich Bhuidhe as a bridge wasn’t shown on my map but I was pleasantly surprised to find a sturdy footbridge.

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I paused for a minutes just over the burn to have a look around some ruined sheilings before the short walk to Lochcallater Bothy. I met up with Bill, of Bill and Stan TGO fame (alas Stan is no longer with us) outside the bothy preparing for the evening’s festivities for Janette’s birthday, the main party had gone for a wander up Carn an Tuirc and turned up an hour or so later.

I was joined later in the bothy by Kevin, from Dundee, who had walked over the tops from Spittal of Glenshee, by my reckoning 22+km and 1200m ascent quite a good yomp, and later we were invited to join the festivities, very hospitable of them! I retired before 10pm with the party going strong and at 1:30 am going out for a leak it looked as though some were still alive and kicking.

Kevin was on the road at first light I took a leisurely breakfast and headed off up the hill at around 9am. The forecast was for light winds and clear skies but looking up the glen the tops were cloaked in cloud and there was a stiff northerly blowing.

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Cloud enveloped the summit of Carn an t-Sagairt Mor and the wind didn’t make me feel like hanging around.

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It was a quick compass check then NE into bealach before heading north to pick up the path/ LWT down towards Feindallacher Burn. My original plan had been to follow the track down into the Ballochbuie Forest and a low level route back to Braemar but on dropping down I could see the snow capped ridge of hills to the west running straight into Braemar, it looked as though it would provide a good outing.

Change of plan; I traversed around the northern slopes of Carn an t-Sagairt Mor. No path and quite rough going eventually led back to the bealach. I should have thought of heading this way earlier in the day it would have been far easier to descent to the bealach directly from the summit of Carn an t-Sagairt Mor. The climb up to Creag an Loch was pretty straight ward following deer trails and once on the ridge a well defined trail led across to Meall an t-Slugain (849m) just in time for a spot of lunch, admiring the view across the northern Cairngorms with the weather much improved.

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I noticed quite a number of mountain hares running towards me from the north before scattering right and left, 10 mins later Stephen (another Dundonian) and his dog came arrived, we both remarked that we hadn’t expected to see anyone on such an esoteric hill (no Munroe or Corbet tick), we chatted for a while before I headed off down towards Loch Phadruig and Creag Loisgte and onward to Creag na Dearcaige and Creag nan Leachda.

In the bealach before Millstone Cairn I came across a newly built deer fence but fortunately they had provided a gate (~NO 173890), it saved me a 2m climb.

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I had to take a bit of a small detour to get down the steep northern slopes of Millstone Cairn, down to the pathless bealach and last ascent of the day. From the southern top of Carn nan Sgliat a good footpath led over the summit and down the northern slopes to Dubh Chlais to pick up the forestry path for the last 1.5km onto the heart of town and a refreshing can of coke.

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