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 Fiona'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.

Snow slopes:

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).