Date/TimeDate(s) - 05/08/2012
Walk DetailsPub Stop?: No O/S Map Sheet No.: 43 Grid Ref. Start: Grid Ref. Finish Walk (Miles): 18 Walk Hours: 9 Bus Time to Walk: Bus Time from Walk: Departure time from walk:
Although the two main objectives today are the ascents of Ben Macdui (1309m), the second highest mountain in Scotland and Beinn Bhreac (931m), other climbs and walks from the Linn o’ Dee car park are an option. 4 walks are suggested for today’s outing – please indicate your intended walk on the attendance sheet prior to leaving the bus.
(1) A low level circular walk. From the car park go westwards to white bridge and take path northwards up Glen Dee on the east side of the River Dee. At about NGR 985 953, a path folds back SE’wards and then W’wards along the north side of the Allt Preas Nam Meirleach below the south shoulder of Carn a’Mhaim to eventually cross the Luibeg Burn. This path soon reaches Derry Lodge and your return track SE’wards down Glen Lui to the bus carpark at Linn o’Dee.
Walking distance approximately 15 miles
(2) Creag Bhalg circular walk. Head up Glen Lui and at approx. NGR 058 923 take the path through the ravine of Clais Fhearnaig. At the far end on reaching Glen Quoich, a path branches off SSW at approximately NGR 080 936. This path enters the forest and eventually climbs to the summit of Creag Bhalg (668m) with superb views of the Dee Valley below. Descend a zig-zaggy path southwards to reach the tarmac road west of Mar Lodge near to Claybokie. Walk westwards along this road for approximately 2km to the Linn o’ Dee car park. Walking distance approx. 10 miles
(3) Beinn Bhreac. Take the route to Derry Lodge. From here go northwards on a good track up the east side of the Derry Burn and branch off at (NGR 045 951) and ascend the hillside to reach a path near the head of Pol Bhat. Climb to the summit of Beinn Bhreac by this path. Your return route can be a reversal of your inward route or descend into Glen Quoich by Pol Bhat, head S’wards down this glen and return into Glen Lui by the Clais Fhearnaig ravine, then head SE’wards to the Linn o’Dee carpark. Walking distance approx. 14miles
(4) Ben Macdui. Take the route to Derry Lodge then head up Glen Derry into Coire Etchachan as far as Loch Etchachan. From here, follow a good track SE’wards which eventually skirts the edge of Coire Sputan Dearg before swinging W’wards to the summit of Ben Macdui (1309m). Return to the bus by retracing your inwards route or descending into Luibeg by the Sron Riach shoulder path.