Our Summer Walks

BEN AVON and BEINN A'BHUIRD, SUNDAY 11TH AUG 2019

Sunday 11th August 2019 Walk host: Ken Neil
7am departure Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £15 Tel: N/A
Map: 36 and 43 Mob: N/A
Expected time back in Aberdeen: 8pm - 9pm

Walk 1: 34km (21 miles), ascent 1062m, walk duration 10 hours plus stops.

Walk 2: 31km (19 miles), ascent 877m, walk duration 9 hours plus stops.

The walk starts at Keiloch (NO188913), heading NW past Invercauld House and Alltdourie, branching off to go through Gleann an t-Slugain, past the ruin (8km) (NO119952) then head north towards the Sneck (NJ118010). Those going to Ben Avon strike east to the summit Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuide 1171m (NJ132018). Return to the Sneck and follow the route below, over Beinn a Bhuird.

Those just going to Beinn a Bhuird, go west over Cnap a' Chierich (NJ010108) to the North Top 1197m (NJ006093). Turn south, then south-west to find the old land rover track over An Diollaid and down into Glen Quoich. Carry on down through the wooded glen to the road and the coach (NO911118).

Alternative Walks

Walk 3 - Carn Fiaclach, 27km, 859m ascent

Walk 4 - Glen Quoich round, 20km, 230 m ascent

The alternative walk follows the main walk to the ruin and a mile past where you pick up a path towards Carn Fiaclach (NO969103), up the ridge to the plateau, over the South Top (NO091979), then head towards the North Top to pick up the track and the way down.

A shorter but very pleasant alternative would be to walk to the junction just passed the ruin and go southwest on the north side of the Quoich Water and back through Glen Quoich to the road.

Sat 14th Sep 2019: GEAL CHARN AND THE CASTLE

Saturday 14th Sep 2019 Walk host: Keith Varney
7am departure from Gordondale Road Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £15 Tel: N/A
Map: OS 36 Mob: N/A
Expected time back in Aberdeen: 6-7pm

Main Walk: 19km (12 miles), ascent 823m, walk duration 5 hours plus stops, difficulty 3 out of 5 based on Walkhighlands grading

This walk starts at Dorback Lodge (077168) and follows paths/tracks SE to Upper Dell and then on to around 092143 where we head S up to the ridge of Gael Charn. We follow the ridge SE over Gael Charn Beag and drop down to the Water of Caiplich around 118105. The walk then follows the W bank of the Water of Ailnack, above a gorge dominated by The Castle rock and picks up a path which gradually becomes more distinct to Delnabo and on to the minor road into the main square in Tomintoul (168188).

Alternative Walk, 13km (8 miles), ascent 403m, 4 hours pus stops

The shorter alternative follows the track E and then SE from Upper Dell to join the route of the main walk at 129126.