BALLATER to ABOYNE Day Meet
Six Cairngorm Club members made the 201 Bus
for July’s Day Meet which was a (longish some might say !)
traverse from Ballater to Aboyne.It was a bonnie day in Ballater
when we alighted. The majority headed for Glen Tanar but one
member took a leisurely route back to Dinnet.
President’s Party at Ballater
Bridge of Muick
Thistles at Ballintober
Our route was straightforward and is a well
trodden one being mostly on land rover tracks until one is in
Glen Tanar. Bell and Ling Heather lined our path and Hairbells,
Bog Cotton and Bog Asphodils were also in flower today.
Easy going on the path
Morven from the path
The climb below Craig Vallich
The signpost keeps you right
“Follow the Posts for Mount Keen” the old
“Harvey goes Fishing”
Mount Keen from the “brow of the hill”
Anne and Alex en route for Glen Tanar
We stopped for a cuppa at a favourite spot
at the brow of the hill.
We then headed for Glen Tanar following a
good footpath which drops and contours taking one out at the
Scottish Rights of Way Sign Post in upper Glen Tanar.
Mount Keen from the heather
Willie striding out…
Four (including Harvey) began the ascent of
Mount Keen which eventually took 1 hour and 12 mins from the
glen. It was a glorious day but the hill was not busy at all. A
short 10 minutes of light rain caught us near the top but that
was all the precipitation we had all day. Lochnagar looked
“We’re on the right hill”
Crossing the Mounth
Mount Keen Path
Lochnagar from the path
Mount Keen summit cairn
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Around 13.25 we left the top and descended
to “The Howff” where we had a cup of tea and a sandwich. Great
views down Glen Tanar from here.
Glen Tanar from the Path
Glen Tanar from Mount Keen
Mount Keen from Glen Tanar
The walk out was fairly uneventfull (but
felt quite long today). We met Peter in Glen Tanar which was
busy with day trippers from the Car Park.
The Half Way Hut
Graeme,myself and Harvey crossed the water
and took The Firmounth back to Aboyne getting in at 17.23 hrs
(so an 8 hour day)
A highlight for me was our President asking
“What can I get you ?”…“ A pint of Guinness please Anne” was the
Refreshments at The Boat Inn
Eilidh met us at the Inn after her cycle in
Glen Tanar and that was about it.
This was the second and final "Service Bus
Meet" of the year and it was a cracker.