Hill: Clachnaben
Date: Sunday 16th May 2010
Company: Myself, Malcolm, Bob, Kevin, Leslie and Deirdre

It was my turn to organise a Club day walk today. I opted for a visit to Clachnaben and weather-permitting the opportunity for club members to dangle from a rope. An hour after setting off from Turriff, we arrived at the car park near Bridge of Dye where there is room for circa 20 cars.

Ready to go:

Clachnaben is not on any hill lists, as it doesn't have the necessary drop to be a Marilyn (or even a Hump). It is however a nice hill with a really distinctive summit tor. From the car park, we followed the track all the way to the summit. The track is really good quality, with bridges over the burns and stiles over the fences. During the walk we did however come across a non dog-friendly sign advising that dogs disturbing sheep would be shot.


Clachnaben tor:

Quality path:

Looking back to Glen Dye:

Clachnaben tor:

We arrived at the summit tor 90 minutes after setting off. The tor has a straight-forward walk/easy scramble to the highest point. The nearby trig point is 10m lower than the tor.

On top of the summit tor:

On reaching the top, I set up anchors near the highest point on the tor. I then lowered off Club members one by one (similar to abseil but with me in control of descent).





At the summit we were joined by a couple of visiting young Italians. Vittoria watched with enthusiasm and gratefully accepted the offer of having a go.




I then considered setting up a top rope to allow members to undertake an easy climb, however, it started to rain and hail so after some discussion we opted to descend Clachnaben and ascend Kerloch (a neighbouring Marilyn).

Looking towards trig point and distant Cairngorms from tor:

Hill: Kerloch
Date: Sunday 16th May 2010
Company: Myself, Malcolm, Bob, Kevin, Leslie and Deirdre

For the ascent of Kerloch we parked at 699917 where there is room for 4 cars. There is a land-rover track almost all the way to the summit. Was glad I didn't have Beinn with me today as there were lots of cattle with calves at the start of the walk.

Start of walk through field with cattle:

Scolty hill:

Carn mon earn and Durris hill and transmitter:

Distant Aberdeen:

Looking across to Clachnaben and Mount Battock:

It took just 80 minutes to reach the summit.

Group photo at summit cairn:

Banchory (Bennachie in background):

From the summit, we opted to descend along the edge of the forest. Wouldn't recommend this descent, it would have been easier to return via the same route.

Route of descent: