Twenty eight hardy souls turned up to brave the elements on today’s walk. We stopped at Ballater for a comfort break on the way to the starting point at Ordgarff via the A939 (an old military road).

Two walkers left the bus just past the bridge at Gairnshiel Lodge to do some walking in the area whilst the others stayed on the bus until it arrived at Ordgarff. Four people remained on the bus (coffee at Goodbrand & Ross perhaps ?) whilst the others (twenty two in all) donned their waterproofs to set off on their walk in the wind & rain. After about half a kilometre six of this group branched off the specified route to take a short cut which also meant avoiding the top at Carn Leac Saighdeir (699M).

It was raining lightly at this time but the effect of the rain was exaggerated by the high winds which buffeted the walkers and everyone was soaked through in no time. There were brief spells when the mist & rain cleared & good views were had all around the hills. The “Glorious 12th”obviously did not have too great an effect on the numbers of red grouse as we saw great clusters of them rising into the sky on many occasions throughout the walk. We all had an enjoyable day out despite the challenging weather conditions

Everyone was back at the bus early & we had a pub stop at Ballater before returning home to Aberdeen well ahead of schedule.


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