Date: Saturday 22nd September 2018
Company: Myself and Ann-Marie
Distance: 19.9km, Ascent: 1025m
Time: 5Hrs 30Mins
On Saturday morning, I set off to ascend Mount
Keen. However, en-route to Mount Keen I had a change of mind and decided to
ascend Lochnagar instead. My first ascent of Lochnagar was with my school
hillwalking club way back in 1983. Some 35 years on I would be ascending
Lochnagar for the eleventh time.
I was not particularly keen to
write-up another report for Lochnagar but on checking previous reports they
all involve taking in Munro Tops or also other Munros. I am therefore
writing up a report of the most commonly walked circuit involving Lochnagar.
From the Spittal of Glenmuick car park we set off to undertake an
anti-clockwise circuit of Lochnagar. As in previous days, it was windy from
the outset but with a forecast of winds decreasing as the day progressed.
On reaching the col between Lochnagar and Conachcraig we stopped to take
our first photographs of the day. Despite the strong winds the weather was
otherwise quite pleasant.
Looking towards Meikle Pap from track junction:
Conachcraig col we progressed towards Meikle Pap and the Ladder where I took
a short diversion to see the memorial. I have a significant dislike of
memorials on hills but I guess this one has been here a long time.
On reaching the col between the Ladder and Meikle Pap I carried on a short
distance to get a photo of the loch after which the hill is named.
ascent of the Ladder was a bit like ascending the tourist path on Ben Nevis.
It was busy!
back towards Conachcraig:
It was very windy during the ascent of the Ladder so I expected it to be ten
times worse on reaching the plateau. On reaching the plateau it was however
calm in comparison.
Lochnagar is a stunning wee loch in a great location.
To get to
Cac Carn Mor and then Cac Carn Beag we followed the track which lies some
distance back from the cliff edge.
great to stand atop Lochnagar again a hill which I have mostly ascended in
Cac Carn Beag, the summit of Lochnagar:
summit of Lochnagar:
had left a painted stone at the summit. This in my view is as bad as leaving
litter. We therefore carried it down off the hill.
Had I not been
suffering with sore knees I might have been tempted to continue on to ascend
the other four Munros in the Lochnagar circuit but on this occasion a
circuit of Lochnagar alone would be sufficient.
We followed the
Glas-allt track back towards Loch Muick stopping en-route to admire the
lovely Glas-allt waterfall.
towards Loch Muick:
stopped in past the bothy for a seat for fifteen minutes before returning
alongside Loch Muick to the car park at the Spital of Glenmuick.
the bothy (upstairs):
stayed dry throughout the walk but alas during the final ten minutes back
out to the car we got caught in a downpour. The view back of rain falling
over the loch did however make it worthwhile getting wet.
showers over Loch Muick:
during walk back to the Spital of Glenmuick: