Creag a’ Chleirich and Carn na Drochaid

This Sunday’s walk is up from Keiloch, to overlook Braemar from Carn Na Drochaid.

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Heading along the valley towards Invercauld House

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A sculpture at Invercauld house glimpsed through the trees

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“Lumpy Manny”

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There’s a horse and a few others too

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Invercauld House with our first target Creag a’Chleirich behind

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The path forks we headed right following Allt an t-Sluggain

 

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The path follows the the sweeping burn, looks like it’d be a good mtb trail

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Turns out the rest of the party took the left fork a while back, so we head back down

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I pick a few of these shiny berries, not sure what they are but will find out (turns out they’re cow berries and although edible, a wee bit bitter, nae fine)

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Back across the burn on the left fork. This will be a useful water refill stop later

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Climbing up through the forest. Stopped for lunch. The undergrowth is alive with beasties, empty a few spiders out of the rucksack

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An angle of fir and heather

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Coming back out of the plantation, the reverse angle of heather and trees

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A quick nosey around a rocky outcrop. If this was another 30m along it’d be a great spot for a break, as it is the view is surrounded by the trees

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Which thin out to get a first glimpse of a really nice view

 

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To the South we get an overview of Braemar

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Looking back we can see Invercauld house, and also closer Braemar Castle

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Climbing a bit further the view of the meandering Dee opens up to the West, it’s an epic bit of scenery

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A great view.

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Looking a bit closer at the river and flood plain

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..closer

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There’s a few paragliders up today, they must get amazing views

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Cairn on the rocky ridge at the top of Creag a’ Chleirich

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This bright orange fungi? seems quite common on high up moorland. No idea what it is though

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Heading towards Carn na Drochaid. There’s not really any well defined path that traverses the saddle in between, and it’s a bit boggy

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Massive saw fly buzzing around.

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Decent view North, gaps in the clouds speckling the hill sides. Ben Avon in the distance

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Closer look at the trail heading up past Meall Glasil Mor. It appears on 1:50k OS but not 1:25k :-/

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Shame it doesn’t seem to go anywhere as it looks like a nice descent

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Great weather for whizzing about up in the sky

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Somebody else beat us to the top

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We make our way up the hill to Carn Na Drochaide, another 170m higher of steep heather with a bit of boulder scrambling

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View to the West, think those may be Beinn Bhrotain and Cairn Toul in the distance

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Heading North down slightly to Carn Na Criche. Running short of time so the group decides to head back a similar way instead of going via Gleann an t-Slugain

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I quickly nip down the hill to have a look at a ruin below

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Heading back through the woods

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Wee footprints, possibly a weasel or stoat

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Looking back along the trail

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Heading back through the woods near Invercauld house quite a lot of funghi

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Stopped again beside a footbridge and picked wild rasps

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Back to the bus, time for the pub and a well deserved meal and pint

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