Over the last few days I have been down on Deeside in the Southern Cairngorms, based out of Braemar. Followed my own advice and went South and East in order to avoid the worst of rain, in which we were mostly successful. We climbed little Creag Bhalg 668m above the Linn of Dee, and what a delight it was. I must have looked at this hill countless times whist approaching the bigger peaks in the heart of the Cairngorms, and it was nice to finally climb it. There is a fabulous start on the East bank of the wonderful Lui Water, following a small (and at times indistinct) path, with some wonderful pine and gorge scenery. Then follows a typical Grampian hill, rounded, heather-clad, giving straightforward walking with fantastic 360 degree views, from Lochnagar right round to Braeriach and Macdui. A great hill for a shorter day. We also managed some great mountain biking along the Deeside Way and the singletrack trails around the Burn O' Vat and Cambus O' May forests.
|One of the lovely waterfalls--Lui Water|
|If trees could talk.......|
|Gloomier toward the high Cairngorms|