Almost 125 years to the day (about 4 out)
the Cairngorm Club undertook its first excursion to Ben Rinnes.
Following in the footsteps of our
predecessors eight of us departed Aberdeen on the minibus at
7am. Having made good time it was agreed to breakfast at
Tomintoul, where various filled rolls, teas, coffees and cakes
were all eagerly scoffed before setting off again for the East
end of Ben Rinnes.
We duly arrived and the main party Benn,
Carlos, Izy, Linda, Mike and Garry set off up the Hill. Ken and
Lydia, having opted for the Speyside way (so as to keep Ben
Rinnes for Lydia's last Corbett) took the minibus round to our
destination before heading off for Tomintoul
The air was crisp and we made good time on
the path toward the summit tor Scurran of Lochterlandlich.
We spent some time on the summit eating
sandwiches, admiring the view and the thoughtful summit
indicator that pointed out not hills, but whiskys.
Setting off for the Scurran of Well we
decided to undertake some navigation practice, counting paces
and taking bearings to try and find the elusive Hangman's
Craig. Having arrived at the spot, confirmed by GPS, nothing of
any note could be found, perhaps it's just the name for that
part of the hill. But the showers, that so excited Carlos were
And so on to the next Scurran.
On arriving we partook in the time honoured
tradition of leaving an offering in the pin well, 15p and a
safety pin, before setting off for the final Scurran, Scurran of
Morinsh. It was here that we were hailed upon, so perhaps our
offerings had been an insult!
We then started our descent to the west
over some largish peat hags and rough ground, but finally we
made the Speyside Way
Which we followed down to the waiting bus
at Glenlivit Hall.
After changing we drove round to Tomintool
where Ken and Lydia were waiting and headed to the Glen Avon
Hotel for drinks and an excellent bar meal. Finally it was off
back to Aberdeen arriving at about 20:30.
Thanks to every one for a great day out,
enjoyed by everyone - and the great photos.