July Weekend to Ballater

I picked up Cornel and we headed up the A9 to Perth and then on to Braemar. We took the Tomintoul road and parking the car, walked up the track to Geallaig Hill (743m). We had good views of Lochnagar and all the other surrounding hills. We walked back down to the car then drove the short distance to the start point for Mona Gowan (749m).  Again with tracks it was easy going and at the summit we also had good views.

On Geallaig  On Mona Gowan

Once back, we drove to Ballater and found the hostel. After getting booked in and getting changed, we walked to the Deeside Inn for something to eat and drink.

On Saturday, we drove to Inverey and walked up Glen Ey to the ruin at Auchelie where we took the track up on to the ridge. We passed over the 731 point and then contoured round to the col.  From there we climbed to Carn Bhac (946m).  We continued to the South West Top (920m) then returned along the ridge to the oddly named Carn Damhaireach or Top of the Battery (784m). It has a distinctive summit with a land slip on one side .. a search on Google failed to find a reason for this odd name. From its summit we descended to the track and walked out. On the descent, we had 2 heavy showers that caused us to put jackets on but they didn’t last long.

On the southwest Top of Carn Bhac  On the Top of the Battery

Back at Ballater we again went to the Deeside Inn for a meal and drink. Before heading back to the hostel, we had a short walk along part of the Deeside Way.

On Sunday, once we had had breakfast, we packed up the car and headed to the Linn of Dee and then along the road to find the start point for the walk up Creag Bhalg (668m). Again there was a landrover track that took us up on to the hill and a small cairn marked the start of the path up to the summit. As before, it is a hill that has good views of all of its larger neighbours.  We had thought to visit Mar Lodge but it appears the lodge is not open to visitors, so we headed home, stopping at the Glenshee café for a coffee on the way.

On Creag Bhalg

We had an enjoyable weekend despite only 2 of us attending.

Bob MacDonald

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July Weekday Walk to Mugdock

At Mugdock Castle  At Mugdock Castle

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