I parked at the Cally car park and set off following the way-marker signs towards Loch Ordie.
The walk to Loch Ordie is 5 miles each way.
The weather from the outset was great, hot and sunny
Track beyond Cally Loch:
Track beyond Hatton:
Foxgloves added a nice splash of colour to the masses of green bracken and grasshoppers were busy making music.
On reaching the track junction at the Glack, the tranquillity was shattered by a disharmony of barking dogs.
Track junction at the Glack:
One of many way-marker signs:
The view of Mill Dam surpassed all expectations; a beautiful loch with Mallard on the surface, thousand of tadpoles in the loch and hundreds of damselfly darting about
As I walked along the path alongside Mill Dam, the hundreds of damselflies
turned into thousands. A wonderful sight.
Another Azure Damselfly:
Track beyond Mill Dam:
Circa 0.5km beyond Mill Dam, I decided to take the North-East path thinking that I would find a short easy ascent up the
south-flank of Deuchary hill.
Wrong! As well as being steep, the south of the hill is guarded by chest-high bracken. Not just a few ferns but hundreds of metres of the stuff. There is no way I would walk through that;
tick heaven! It may be straight-forward enough to ascend this way once the
bracken is flattened e.g. in Winter.
NE path, skirting South of Deuchary Hill:
As I skirted round the South of the hill, I could hear "chat, chat, chat".
This sound was being made by a number of Stonechats; lovely wee birds.
As I continued on, I realised I was not going to get up the hill round this side
as there was a six-foot deer fence in the way as well as bracken. However, it was a beautiful day, the scenery was great and I fancied skirting right round the hill to see Loch Ordie. So that’s what I did.
Lochan near Grewshill:
Between Grewshill and Riemore Lodge, I followed a faint track through the heather, instead of
taking the main track.
Deuchary hill from the North:
At Loch Ordie, Beinn had his second swim of the day. Good for cooling down.
On reaching Lochordie lodge, I started walking the five mile track heading back to the Cally car park.
After walking 750m, I followed the path marked on the map leading up the hillside.
Blue skies were now being exchanged with grey clouds but thankfully it stayed dry and
helped cool things down a wee bit.
Path ascending Deuchary hill:
Looking back to Loch Ordie:
A short distance below the summit is a nice lochan, Lochan na Beinne.
Lochan na Beinne:
Final ascent of Deuchary hill:
View from near the summit:
The summit of Deuchary hill is a large pointy rock. Beinn did manage to
touch the very top by approaching the rock from the other side.
I stopped for a brief chat with two other walkers at the summit. They were accompanied by three dogs.
Black lab, two spaniels and a golden retriever at the summit – humans outnumbered by dogs.
Summit rock and nearby trig point:
From the summit, I returned to the main path, circa 750m from Loch Ordie, and then followed the main track back to the Cally car park.
At Mill Dam, I stopped to allow Beinn to have another wee swim.
Beinn having a cooling-down swim in Mill Dam:
This is a fantastic Marilyn, worth keeping for a good day