Hill: The Buck of Cabrach
Date: Sunday 20th January 2008
Company: Myself and Beinn
Time Taken: 1 hr 40 mins
When I eventually woke up this morning, after a rather late night out, I was really in the mood to get out and up a hill.
The Buck of Cabrach was the ideal choice. Only 30 minutes from home with an apparent up and down time of under 2 hours
.... and I had never been up it before despite it being so close to home.
The Buck from A941 road:
I parked at the side of the B9002 road near Elrick, where there was room for circa 3 cars. Also, several spaces further along this road.
Starting point looking towards The Buck:
The going was quite rough over the initial flat section - a mix of heather and bog with snow patches thrown in and no sign of a path.
Dempster's Graham's book states this is very boggy ground - I found the boggy bits were avoidable but the deep heather more problematic.
Looking up The Buck:
During the ascent, I found the snow was quite well consolidated which made for great walking up the hill.
Beinn had a wonderful time in the snow.
Beinn sliding down the slopes:
Beinn rolling about in the snow:
Within an hour from setting off we reached the summit rocks and triangulation point. Dempster's book states the second kilometre has a significantly steep incline. I found the incline quite pleasant and certainly wouldn't say it was significantly steep.
Summit of The Buck:
I took a couple of photos at the summit which I stitched together looking towards Tap O Noth and the flat Aberdeenshire districts of Marr and Banff.
We returned to the car as per the route of ascent.
Transport permitting, this walk could be extended to include a number of smaller hills including Mount Meddin, Dun Mount, Creag an Eunan, Meikle Firbriggs hill and Millhuie hill to exit near Bridge of Buchat (Glen Buchat).