Two unpronounceable Munros

Off to Braemar to another rented cottage from which I went with Andy and Sabiene, Arthur, Fraser and Sarah (no not that Sarah, nor The Other Sarah, but Sarah3) for a 15 mile walk in the “soft” – i.e., wet – Scottish weather.

We started from Glen Muick and took the route via Allt na-guibhsaich up Lochnagar. Whilst on the still huge path we were approached by a bedraggled walker wearing shorts and steel-toe-capped workboots who asked us for directions to get back to Glen Muick.

An eerie view from the summit of Lochnagar (1155m)
An eerie view from the summit of Lochnagar (1155m)

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My feet were squelching (should have put my gaiters on at the car park) so I was tempted to turn back with Fraser and Sarah3 but instead carried on in order to tick off another two Munros, neither of which I can pronounce.

Andy and Sabiene make sure they reach the highest point of Carn A' Choire Bhaidheach (1110m)
Andy and Sabiene make sure they reach the highest point of Carn A' Choire Bhaidheach (1110m)

On the way up we met a couple who said there was no summit cairn. Unusual for a Munro. Well, of course there was a summit cairn – they had missed the summit in the mist.

We continued to Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, and then a long descent which, happily, included views, back to a point just 2 miles from Braemar. Here Fraser collected us; I was pleased about that as I was just beginning to get footsore.

We rewarded ourselves with a delicious meal at a bistro discovered by Arthur’s selfless research during the previous week, The Gathering Place – definitely recommended; I can’t wait to go back.

Thanks to Arthur for his hospitality, and to Andy and Sabiene for the lift.

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