Walk 1

Friday 15th September

All the spaces on this walk have now been allocated but until they are paid are not confirmed.  If you wish to go on the reserve list please book a place as normal on the booking form.  To confirm your place please pay as soon as possible.

Glenmore to Linn of Dee via Lairig Ghru

Distance: 27km/17miles, 870m ascent.
Start: Mini-bus leaves Blairgowrie Wellmeadow 07:30.
Finish: Linn of Dee with a short drive to Braemar for a meal app 19:00.  Bus leaves for Blairgowrie afterwards (returning app 22:00).

Limit: Maximum 12, minimum 8.
Notes: Extremely Strenuous (see Walk Grading).  Full hillwalking gear essential.  Several packed lunches and snacks required.
 

Maps: Landranger 36, 43.

About the walk:  

While we have been through the Lairig Ghru before we have not done it in this direction, as we are heading south this time!  This walk has a duration of approx 9 hrs, with at least 3 stops for meals and a few more for snacks.  There is also the possibility of wintry weather.  After the walk we intend stopping in Braemar for a meal prior to the journey back to Blairgowrie.  This is an iconic high level long distance route almost entirely in the wilderness.  Lairig is Gaelic for 'a pass between hills'.  It is not to be underestimated as despite not climbing any mountains the high point is nearly 840m above sea level, and passes the source of the River Dee.  It passes through the scenic and very remote gorge only 470m below the tops of Bens MacDui and Braeriach two of the three highest mountains in the UK.  Very good 3 season or preferably 4 season boots are essential as the path is very rough in places with lots of water and snow which can lie into summer.  This is not a route for the faint hearted as there are no escape options other than to return to the start, or make it to the end.  We will have at least 3 meal stops en route with other snack opportunities.  If there is a poor weather forecast with high southerly winds we may do this in the reverse direction, as the Lairig is a wind funnel.  Do not underestimate what is involved and please pay particular attention to the recommended kit list, which is essential for your safety and comfort.  At the end we will stop off in Braemar for a meal and drink before departing for Blairgowrie - make sure you bring your wallet!

 
Lairig Ghru looking north towards Pools of Dee from the summit of Devil's Point Looking back towards Carn a Mhaim and Devil's Point. Lairig Ghru and Corrour Bothy towards the south, from Cairn Toul
 
Cairn Toul, Angel's Peak (Sgorr an Lochan Uaine) and Braeriach towering above the pass.
 
One of the pools of Dee Chalamain Gap The Lairig Ghru and surrounding hills from Glas Maol.