attended the October 2015 day meet which took the form a
traverse from Loch Lee to Loch Muick. On a day where showers
merged to give (almost) constant rain this meet was surprisingly
enjoyable and no fewer than three bothies were visited on our
trip across the hills to Glen Muick.
At Loch Lee trout
rose for late summer flies on the loch's surface whilst way off
in the distance red deer could be heard roaring.
In Glen Lee the
first building encountered is a rather rough old shieling which
I believe is known locally as Johnny Gordon's Bothy? We stopped
here for a cuppa. This building does offer some shelter and has
a rude fireplace and earthen floor. It is a very basic bothy.
Lower Glen Lee
The Stables of Lee
however is far better maintained and on approaching it we were
asked to “catch that horse” by the pony-man who had arrived just
a few minutes ahead of us. Turns out that “Stan” the horse has a
mind of his own and doesn't like bridges or doing what he's
told. The pony-man was readying things for some stalking on
Monday and asked us to keep on paths as much as we could. He had
a cracking dog along with him today, it was a Shorthaired German
Pointer, and is used when wounded deer need to be tracked for
long distances over the moor (after poor shooting I imagine!).
Stables of Lee
Life in Glen Lee
(Stan the horse,left)
From the Stables of
Lee we ascended Muckle Cairn before descending to and fording
the Water of Mark. We seemed to arrive at the Shieling of Mark
in no time.
Sheilin of Mark
Inside the bothy
This was my first
visit and the place did not disappoint. It just about managed to
accommodate all 13 of us. After tea and sandwiches (and a dram
or two) we set forth again for Glen Muick and our coach.
Departure from Loch Muick was at 3pm and a refreshment stop at
the Boat Inn, Aboyne rounded off a most enjoyable day though the
high cost of a pint of real ale it may be some time before many
On the hill
distance covered was circa 10 miles and travel time 6hours