In summer the car-parks can be full. My first ascent of Lochnagar was back in 1982 with my school hillwalking Club. Or the whole family joining him for the annual Burns Supper with The Cairngorm Club. Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. The constructed path continues from the bealach uphill onto Lochnagar's eastern crest above corries. What our 5yo really thinks of our family adventures, "Children still need a childhood with dirt, mud, p, Family It can get very busy there too. The summit cone of the day’s first Munro, Lochnagar (Cac Carn Beag), can be seen in the distance. Date walked: 25/04/2010. Not too shabby! We’ve done it plenty of times on day walks but didn’t want to worry anyone on an overnighter, so we emailed the Braemar Mountain Rescue Team just to see what they’d suggest. We set off at a leisurely pace towards the second summit, Carn a’Choire Bhoidheach but it felt like a long way in the rain. Having left Carn an t-Sagairt Mor's southern cairn and on a faint path, aim south-east downhill. We took a very soggy summit selfie and headed down to retrieve our bags and head to where we planned to camp. Get to Ballater, which is on the A93, 60km west of Aberdeen and 75km north of Perth. We’ve met them a few times out and about on the hills there, a real friendly bunch of folk! Our son didn’t want to go tot sleep that night either, but eventually did so, snuggling in to me and falling asleep pretty much touching nose to nose. Hiking Nature trips Views Wildflowers. so this would have been unbearable for him and we probably would have had to nag him a bit. If the weather is fine, I'd recommend keeping on the high track above Loch Muick for 3km and take in the views for longer. Lochnagar (Cac Carn Beag) - 1155m. The Munros surrounding Loch Muick make for a fabulous circular day's hike. We took two days to do it, so why not grab yourself a cuppa, probably a biscuit or two, (it’s quite a long read) get comfy and give it a read…. Posted on October 18, 2017 October 19, 2017 by an outdoors family. Suddenly the great cliffs of Lochnagar reveal themselves. The other summits are less characterful, but many discoveries are made when roaming over them, including wildlife, waterfalls and plane-wreckage. ... Five munro’s and a corbett in one day is a big milestone for me. All around we could see the snow on all the mountains and it was absolutely stunning. Both of these options meet around half way along Loch Muick's southern shore. The Lochnagar area offers many opportunities for hill walking and climbing, including the classic munro circuit of Cac Carn Beag, Carn a’ Choire Boidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch & Broad Carin, the Corbett Conachcraig or the classic climb, Eagle Ridge (250m, Severe). Ascent: 1350m. It was a game getting both bikes on the van, but we found a way that didn’t block the lights in the end. The walk up Glas Allt was steep but easy and we made quick progress to the top. Beyond the boulderfield and now on an obvious track, head down to a pony shed. ... Munching on that we heading round the circuit. Firm and tight on the ice I was gripped. I was soaked through, but happy to get to the first Munro summit of the day. Length 10.6 miElevation gain 2112 ftRoute type Loop. So its halfway in Munro numbers, at 28km its halway in distance but the important point is I have ascended 3000 vertical meters and there is only 1800 or so meters to ascend. Length 12.1 mi Elevation gain 3,435 ft Route type Loop The high Lochnagar ridge has superb views of the Cairngorms and the moorlands of the Balmoral estate. A long hillwalk taking in the five Munros on the extensive White Mounth plateau. Introduction. They were ok with us just letting them know so there was no need for us to do anything different. I internally named it the little knobble. Once on Lochnagar's crest, the bouldery ground briefly fades into grassy terrain and the route ahead on the path is obvious. Carn an t-Sagairt Mor – 1047m. Time taken = 7 hours 57 mins. We chugged in to the woodland after about 20 minutes and locked the bikes up. Our son re-named this walk Frognagar because of all the frogs we saw, one jumping really close to his face as he was taking a closer look, startling him and making him fall over in giggles! 3. We packed everything away soggy and got underway, glad for the shorter day today. The bealach between Carn an t-Sagairt Mor and Cairn Bannoch is approached where terrain is more gentle and grass covered. A couple months ago (at the start of September) I bagged my first munro! Carn an t-Sagairt Mor's summit has two cairns (the southern one indicates the highest point) from where excellent views are to be had on clear days. The 4th munro top didn’t take too long to reach with again a rocky summit at Cairn Bannoch. Glen Doll and Lochnagar is a 28.6 mile loop trail located near Folda, Angus, Scotland that features a lake and is rated as difficult. We always pack our full waterproofs so there wasn’t any need for us to change plans. Remember the usual gear for mountain walking (map, compass, waterproofs, food etc). Leave Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach's summit aiming westwards. Flickr photos, groups, and tags related to the "mounth" Flickr tag. The White Mounth Munros circuit. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, and nature trips. Munros: Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch, Carn a’Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Lochnagar. Lochnagar, or Beinn Chìochan, is in the Cairgorms National Park. Headed up to Glen Muick on Sunday with Simon Jenkins and decided to run a circuit of all the munros in the area. After a very quick lunch and a summit man leg pose picture we set off again, chatting to two women on their way to the summit. Home » Mountain routes » Eastern Highlands » Lochnagar and Loch Muick circuit, Lochnagar - Cac Carn Beag on Mountain Forecast, Scottish Avalance Information Service - Southern Cairngorms, Braemar bike-n-hike - Ben Avon and Beinn a Chaorainn, Privacy policy, disclaimer and terms of use. Since then I have ascended Lochnagar on numerous occasions. A tip of ours for wildcamping is to pack a kids magazine to keep little ones busy while you’re having to do the inevitable stuff around camp, like cook dinner, fetch water etc. The next two Munro summits - Carn a’ Choire Bhoidheach and Carn an t-Saigart Mor - are easily won in decent visibility, nothing more than a stroll with gentle rises to rounded tops. Lochnagar 5 Munros Hiking trail in Birkhall, Scotland (United Kingdom). As I approached the rocky summit of Lochnagar, it was just a rain-lashed blur. I completed the White Mounth Munros circuit in bust boots, started from Ballater and walked 8 miles out to Glen Muick. Summit of Lochnagar – Munro number 1 on this round, and number 95 on my bagging list! Would love your thoughts, please comment. Further on, the path veers off left - for views I'd recommend sticking to a fainter path on the edge of the coire - it heads up more directly and looks into the coire below. The mountain Lochnagar with its three peaks curves around a massive corrie with impressive cliffs enclosing the loch of the same name, Lochnagar. Distance: 30 km. Fantastic!! By getting on the bikes, it split it up in to easier chunks for him and meant he could rest his feet on that 10km! The OS maps don't hint at the boulderfield east of Broad Cairn's summit - the direct route is down this with a path appearing and disappearing - this could be tricky for tired legs ! We didn’t linger as the shelter was great for midges! Route info: The Lochnagar Circuit. After a little break at the digger, we carried on, descending the contour path down to Loch Muick. I will have to admit that we… Some 35 years on I would be ascending Lochnagar for the eleventh time. The walk back to the bikes was midge hell and we were glad to see the bikes come in to sight and we were able to whizz away from the beasties. We were on it and it was slippy. We had originally planned this to be the extent of our day, bailing out down by the Dubh Loch or by a return round by Lochnagar and the Glas Allt path down by the waterfalls to Loch Muick. Elevation - 3'789ft Location - Glen Muick Category - Munro Continuation of Conachcraig Heading up lochnagar the snow was at reach. Royal ascent of Lochnagar. Lochnagar and neighbours. Keith made a few notes about the Lochnagar circuit, one of the biggest munro walks from the summer. From there, follow the road down Glen Muick for 13km to it's end, where there are a couple of large car-parks. Covering that distance in that amount of time meant that going by bike on the easier terrain was a really good option! Glas Maol is a 1,068m Munro mountain in the Scottish Highlands. Great views all around of summits we have climbed together. With the walking being predominantly on grassy terrain and little re-ascent between the summits, this route also makes for a fine introduction to multi-Munro bagging. Keep going! It's the highest of the six Munros that sit in this natural circuit, east of the Glenshee Ski Centre. You'll need to pay (£3 at time of last visit) - the money collected goes towards pathwork via the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust. Queen Victoria climbed this mountain on 22 September, 1849, on horseback. The conical summit of Lochnagar, Cac Carn Beag, can be seen in the distance. The rain didn’t stop all night and was still raining in the morning. We were all just a little bit soggy. into the cloud as we thought we might. Carn a’ Choire Bhoidheach – 1110m. So the plan was to shorten the route by cycling in to the Glas Allt bothy and walking up past the waterfall behind. A quick ascent – I was very keen, who wouldn’t be on their first solo Munro. After dropping down grassy slopes with occasional boulders, the gradient begins to ease and a path following a burn heading south-west is met. We then entered a long flat valley which seemed to go on forever…. I did not have crampons for the ice but I had my ice grips. Lochnagar (/ˌlɒxnəˈɡɑːr/ (listen)) or Beinn Chìochan (pronounced [peɲˈçiəxən]) is a mountain in the Grampians of Scotland, located about five miles south of the River Dee near Balmoral. The 5th munro, Broad Cairn followed pretty quickly too but we actually got views from here as it had stopped raining and the cloud lifted. There is also a number of fabulous walks in the Loch Muick area, including a circuit of the lake and trails up onto the high plateaux around it. We set off on the ride, enjoying the speed and fast progress. It is safe to say I chose an absolutely stunning munro to hike for my first one! Corbetts: Conachcraig. It works out at about 25 - 30km for the full circuit from Broad Cairn round to Lochnagar (starting and finishing at the car park). The Loch Muick Circuit As a little girl I can always remember my dad packing his kit and donning his walking boots for a weekend away climbing the Munros of Scotland. We had originally planned this to be the extent of our day, bailing out down by the Dubh Loch or by a return round by Lochnagar and the Glas Allt path down by the waterfalls to Loch Muick. In mist, these posts can be used as a guide to get up Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, but otherwise just head directly uphill over wet and heathery ground towards Carn an t-Sagairt Mor's summit, On the way, you might encounter some scattered plane wreckage, including a large section of wing. Broad Cairn, our 5th and final Munro of the day. Terrain: Mixed terrain ranging from excellent paths to extremely boggy between munros 2 and 3 on the circuit. Cross the wide bealach, you may well meet up with folk coming in on the paths from Auchallater and Fafernie, Cairn Bannoch comes into view and the last few metres of climb up to Cairn Bannoch's summit, From Cairn Bannoch, head south-east and up the bump marked 991m, A quick walk over more flat grass covered ground and one last clamber up bouldery ground gain's Broad Cairn's summit. Two feet of soft snow all the way round above above 750 metres, rain for first two hours and slight snow then clag. Laura and Steph – aka the Adventure Quines – atop Cairn Bannoch, Munro number 4 of 5 on the day. We know our son hates big paths (it really bores him!) An alternative would be to retrace steps west from Broad Cairn's summit and look left for faint path heading south - this then turns eastwards and by-passes most of the boulderfield and joins up with the path coming through it. Lochnagar is by far the finest of the summits, but in good weather this is all a hugely … We weren’t too sure about leaving our bikes locked up with a kids seat on the back. The mountain gives its name to Deeside and Lochnagar National Scenic Area, one of 40 such areas in Scotland. Broad Cairn – 998m. No sliding for… At the summit a toposcope shows direction lines to literally dozens of landmarks that are, or ought to be, visible from this summit. Enjoying outdoors family life, one adventure at a time, Enter your email address to follow the blog and receive new post notifications of helpful tips, route info and family adventure. On our way to the third summit of the day, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, we dumped our bags when we realised we would have to back-track the same route. Things to remember: Change for the carpark at Glen Muick. We love to add a wildcamp with our family munrobagging trips, as for us this means we can cover longer distances on a single trip to the mountains. We were on it and it was slippy. We descended over the tiresome boulders and made our way down, spurred on by the sight of an orange digger! The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. by an outdoors family Keith made a few notes about the Lochnagar circuit, one of the biggest munro walks from the summer. Heading up lochnagar the snow was at reach. Download its GPS track and follow the route on a map. It was pretty busy but we stopped on the beack for lunch and to throw some stones in to the water. The first cairn near the top of the first munro is not the actual summit! 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It has an elevation of 1,155 metres and the overall hike has a distance of 19km. Category – Munro. We scrambled up this to the downwind side and some shelter from the wind. 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. Beyond Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, there's very little ascent left ! The path becomes more obvious as it loses height. Cac Carn Beag the highest summit lies to the NW, Cuidhe Crom (1083m) to the SE and Meikle Pap (980m) to the NE (giving the classic view of the cliffs). 1st day: The highest peak in this circuit of five Munros is Cac Carn Beag on Lochnagar, which looks down over massive cliffs into dark coires below. I am therefore writing up a report of the most commonly walked circuit involving Lochnagar. Weather. There are very few munros in view from here left for us to do. Truly breathtaking. The next two Munro summits - Carn a’ Choire Bhoidheach and Carn an t-Saigart Mor - are easily won in decent visibility, nothing more than a stroll with gentle rises to rounded tops. Cairn Bannoch – 1012m. Remember to pack a pen too so they can do the puzzles and some colouring in it. The little knobble – the top is a small peak of easily scrambable rocks. As we pulled up the last steep bit, it started raining hard in quite a strong wind. We were very relieved to see the saddle we’d eyed on the map as suitable for camping and let our son pick the spot to put the tent. Rating: 2.5/5 (86 votes cast) Detailed route description and map. Its summit features a trig pillar and a large shelter. It turns out Stacey’s e-bike is a lower current driver than mine so the hills were harder work for her. This was a real effort of a walk, a very long day, and it also included another Munro, Carn a’ Choir Bhoidheach. In July 2006, I decided to walk the classic Lochnagar horseshoe – a circuit of five Munros including Lochnagar, Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn. Very glad we did it though and I think the combination of bike and hike made this possible for us over the two days. 2. Times. The Munro, Lochnagar from Invercauld Bridge, was today’s walk conducted in glorious blue sky conditions. The weather was forecast to be dry but it pays to always be prepared for anything on the mountains. This walk can take 9-11 hours depending on the … From the car-park, head over the bridge, past the ranger's hut to a junction in the tracks, Leave the track, then on a marked path, head around the houses and into some woodland. Fortunately it was much quicker taking them off and setting them up whilst Stacey helped our son get ready. A steep track drops, beside beautiful waterfalls, back down to the shore of Lock Muick. Meet up with the track again, cross a burn. We took two days to do it, so why not grab yourself a cuppa, probably a biscuit or two, (it’s quite a long read) get comfy and give it a read…. We waterproofed up and set off briskly to Cac Carn Beag and the summit of Lochnagar. Overall, this was quite tough, given the extra rain that was not forecast. The Route . Up some steep bouldery ground for a bit, then continue over fairly flat ground to the large cairn on Cac Carn Mor, Around 1km further on, you'll come to a junction, Above the waterfalls, simply follow the path as it gently climbs up to the large cairn on Cac Carn Mor, From Lochnagar's summit, return towards the large cairn on Cac Carn Mor, Keeping to the path heading south-west, descend to a wide, grass-covered (and sometimes wet) bealach. From the col we climbed steeply up to reach the east end of the Lochnagar range where we followed the escarpment line of the cliffs to firstly reach Cac Cairn Mor (1150m) and then shortly after Cac Cairn Beag, the Munro summit at 1155m or 3,789ft. Keith made a few notes about the Lochnagar circuit, one of the biggest munro walks from the summer. eventually it steepened again and we climbed on to the summit plateau…. The path starts to climb uphill and heads towards steep ground dropping off to the right (north), A very faint path forms and can be traced to aim directly to the small cairn on Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach. Today's group met at the car-park by Spittal of Glen Muick and sorted gear. Other routes and challenges. Glas Maol Munros Circuit is a 12.1 mile loop trail located near Spittal of Glenshee, Perth and Kinross, Scotland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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