Date/TimeDate(s) - 19/07/2009
Walk DetailsPub Stop?: No O/S Map Sheet No.: 43 Grid Ref. Start: Grid Ref. Finish Walk (Miles): 10 Walk Hours: Bus Time to Walk: Bus Time from Walk: Departure time from walk:
The area visited today is Upper Deeside in the vicinity of Beinn a’ Bhuird. The bus will drop the party near Allanaquoich where the Water of Quoich leaves Glen Quoich before joining the River Dee (NGR.117.912)
Three walks are described below including the ascent of the south top of Beinn a’ Bhuird, which is the longest one. All of these start by taking the track up the south side of the Water of Quoich to reach a junction at NGR.080.937 where the routes divide.
(A) The track to Beinn a’ Bhuird continues northwards past the mouth of the Dubh Ghleann before beginning a zigzag climb up on to the ridge of An Diollaid and continuing northwards on to a subsidiary ridge of the south top. Around NGR.082.990 turn south eastwards to skirt the corrie of the Dubh Lochan and climb southwards on the ridge leading to the South Top (1177m, 3860ft). The descent is then made southwestwards to pick up the Alltan Na Beinne burn and follow it down to rejoin the outward track about NGR.083.961. The track is then followed back down Glen Quoich to Allanaquoich and the bus. Walking distance = 15 miles + ascent 3000ft
(B) Creag Bhalg (660m.,2164ft). This is a top to the west of Glen Quoich and north of the Dee Valley. The track up Glen Quoich is taken to reach the track junction at NGR.080.937. From here a path heads southwards through a plantation of trees before climbing southeastwards to reach the summit at NGR.092.913. Descend westwards to rejoin the path and follow it down, skirting the trees of Doire Bhraghad, before descending to the estate road just to the west of Mar Lodge. The road is then followed eastwards back to the Linn of Quoich and the bus.
Walking distance = 9 miles + ascent of 1100ft.
(C) Clais Fhearnaig. This is the cutting which leads westwards from Glen Quoich to Glen Lui. From the track junction at NGR.080.937 a short climb westwards follows a burn into the cutting before heading through it southwestwards to reach a col at NGR.064.931 overlooking Glen Lui. The path is taken down to join the Derry Lodge road but turn left and follow the Lui Water towards a bridge over it at NGR.064.915. Here take the track before the bridge through the trees southeastwards to skirt Doire Bhraghad and drop down to the estate road near Claybokie Cottage to the west of Mar Lodge. The estate road is then follows eastwards back to the Linn of Quoich and the bus.