Our blog - Lochnagar Raid, Jun'17

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Lochnagar Raid

19 June 2017
A guided day, hiking over the 5 Munros surrounding Loch Muick in the Eastern Cairngorms. Emma was leading, here's her tale...

A superb day on the mountain! We met at 8am at the car park in Glen Muick, and were soon on our way towards Lochnagar. The morning was warm, but quite cloudy which helped keep us cool. We enjoyed the walk through the pine trees at the far end of the loch before starting the long climb towards the summit.

Lochnagar really is a majestic mountain and the views across Deeside are expansive. We opted for the walk around the corrie rim on the way to the summit, savouring the setting above the dark cliffs, enjoying having the mountain pretty much to ourselves!

We ate our first lunch on the summit before tackling the long walk across the plateau to Carn an t-Saigart Mor, climbing Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach en route. Walking up Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, we saw remains of the RAF English Electric Canberra plane which crashed in November 1956, and located the crash site near to the summit cairn with an extensive amount of wreckage in an impact crater.

Our second lunch followed on Cairn Bannoch, above the Dubh Loch, as the 4th Munro of the day and Broad Cairn as our 5th and final summit. The view from here down towards Loch Muick and across the eastern Grampians is very beautiful. Although the height gain between these Munros is relatively small, the distance is substantial and not to be underestimated. We had a last rest in the heather at the head of the loch before the long walk back along its shores, and there were several pairs of weary legs that arrived back at the car park in the warm afternoon sunshine.

Note the car-park now costs £4 to park for a day !

More photos by Emma are here on Flickr.

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