Braemar

31st October 2021

On Sunday 31st October a good turn out of members headed to Glenshee/Braemar for our Sunday walk. The weather forecast was fairly poor and high winds, blustery conditions, persistent rain and low cloud were predicted at munro level. A committee decision on the day recommended that we abandon the A + B walks and concentrate on the shorter, slightly lower level "C" walk, which was amended to start at the old bridge over The Clunie Water in Glen Clunie. Members followed the old road north then ascended the South track on to Morrone.

Traveling north along the Old Glen Clunie Road.

When the walks commenced the weather was reasonable but the darker clouds could be spotted advancing from the South East. As height was gained, the wind picked up to give blustery conditions and brought with it the expected rain. Walking towards the summit was challenging and welcome respite was found on the lee side of the mast buildings at the top.

Irene approaching the Summit of Morrone.

The descent route followed the main foot path down to the Braemar Golf Club and along the minor road into the Village. Because the walks were somewhat shorter than planned, there was time for Coffee and cake in "The Bothy" before our journey home.

Autumn colours on the trees lining the Clunie Burn as it passes thro' Braemar.

On the homeward journey the weather conditions deteriorated rapidly and the burns could be seen rising rapidly. Some of the roads, particularly the area between Glenshee and Blairgowrie became rivers and there was significant flooding and debris on the roads. Careful navigation and driving from the coach driver, Dave, ensured we all arrived back in Blairgowrie safe and well, all thanks to to JP Coaches.

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