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Sunday 22nd April 2018 - Lochnagar/Glenshee

Posted By at Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Lochnagar was the main focus of Blairgowrie and District hill walking club’s most recent outing. The club provides members with suggested walks but also encourages walkers to plan their own routes and this outing provided opportunities to climb more than the planned hills and to adjust routes to find interesting descents.

 One pair were dropped in Glen Shee and made their way to Glen Muick via Glen Callater. They climbed the Munro, Carn a’ t-Sagairt mor where poor visibility and high winds encouraged them to drop down to Dubh loch and on to Loch Muick to meet the rest of the walkers.

All other groups started and finished at the Spittal of Glen Muick with two groups climbing Lochnagar and one these groups opting for a scenic descent following the Glas Allt and enjoying the spectacle of waterfalls swollen by melting snow. The high corries of Lochnagar were still holding snow and it was cold with gusting high winds. Finally the largest group including a visitor started off up the Lochnagar path but branched off to climb the Corbett, Conachcraig and, although they also experienced high winds, they had good views towards the Cairngorms, into Lochnagar and down Glen Muick. All groups heard or had sightings of upland birds.

There were many red grouse noisily calling and some of the rarer black grouse, we heard or saw ptarmigan, curlew, wheatears and lapwings. There were mountain hares still with white coats, a white deer and, much to the surprise of a new member, an adder catching the afternoon sun beside a burn.