Footprints Across Scotland
Why not make a few of your own!
2nd September 2007
A cirtcuitous route up onto Lochnagar
Sunday I headed down the royal Deeside road to Ballater and then along to Loch Muick. I took my bike again and cycled along the north shore till I reached the old royal residence at Glas Allt Shiel.
Fir Trees at the west end of Loch Muick
Leaving the bike here I continued up towards Dubh Loch with the impressive crags of Creag an Dubh Loch rising steeply from its shoreline.
Eagles crag opposite has an impressive waterfall descending over its multi-coloured granite.
Eagles crag and waterfall
I followed the stream and waterfalls up hill till I reached the path just below Carn an t-Sagairt Mor which strikes north west and up above the Stuic and Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach with views across Loch nan Eun to Lochnagar.
Lochnagar above Loch Nan Eun
I then followed the cliffs around from the Stuic and was soon at the top of Lochnagar.
Cliffs of Lochnagar
I was pleasantly surprised to find Jim (a friend from Ceroc) at the summit. After a spot of lunch we followed the path back down to Loch Muick passing more waterfalls just above the lodge.
Waterfall above Glas Allt Shiel
Jim followed the south shore back while I hopped on my bike to ride the north shore path as the rain started to fall.
The damp weather and early evening calm had brought out the midges so I wasted no time when back in the car park, throwing every thing in the boot and was soon heading for home.
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