Waving goodbye to the last snow of the past winter on a Cairngorms' famous peak.
The path to the summit starts near Loch Muick, which is some 10 miles from the nearest settlement, and more than double of that to the nearest town. While this promises a nice getaway from civilization, it is still relatively accessible, as there's a public road to get around a mile from the loch. These properties make it rather a neat place for a day trip.
The path around the shore loch is easy and scenic.
..and since there are plenty of opportunities to reach loch's crystal clear water, it is tempting to make some use of it - mainly during a sunny day, like the one I scored.
Then, the ascent begins. The path follows the stream of Glasallt, which makes for some pleasing scenery.
So far, there was no hint of snow. That; however, changed as I reached the high plateau...
From this point, reaching the Lochnagar's summit was a matter of moments. The views from there are among the best I've seen in the eastern portion of the Highlands.
This means one thing: picnic time!
I enjoyed the 360 of goodness, and eventually, I started my way down back to the valley.
As the elevation decreases, the width of the path increases...
..all the way to the woods and the parking lot where I started. Good day in the hills, for sure.
Lochnagar is the first mountain in Scotland that I climbed twice. The views it offers just won't get old, no matter what. There's, however, a thing I'd do differently if I'll go next time: I'd take a bike.
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Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Stories