Morrone, July 2006

The third day of my trip to Deesside. The sun was out and the temperature was rising quickly. I was originally hoping to ascend Beinn a' Bhuiridh but I knew that it was going to be too hot. Instead I decided to purchase a second disposable camera and then take the bus to Braemar and climb Morrone, a Corbett that stands immediately above the town to the southwest.

From Auchendryne Square one heads south of west along the high road as far as the duckpond, seen here,.

Another view of the pond, with Morrone in the background

Braemar, seen from the ascent path

The path, ascending through Morrone's heather-covered slopes. I was taking my time because of the heat but I still caught up and passed another walker who was climbing the hill even more slowly.

A view began to open out to the north west across the high Cairngorms.

As I approached the top of Morrone the route became less steep and much more stony.

Just five minutes from the top, with the summit radio mast clearly in view.

The summit cairn of Morrone. At 2818 ft it's not exactly a pimple, yet I'd reached the top in just an hour and a half from Braemar.

Loch Callater, seen to the southeast. The Lochnagar group forms the skyline to the left.

The view to the east. The Dee valleys lays to the left, Lochnagar to the right.

The view to the northeast. The hill in the distance is Morven.

Further round to the northeast. Part of the Dee valley in the vicinity of Invercauld is visible. The high mountain to the left is Ben Avon.

 Beinn a' Bhuiridh and Ben Avon, seen to the north.

The high Cairngorms to the northwest. Ben Macdui is just about in the centre of shot.

The view to the southwest. Part of Glen Ey is in view, and the principal range of hills is the Carn Bhac group to the west of this glen. Further afield are the Beinn a' Ghlo massif to the left and the Glen Tilt hills to the right.

Further to the southwest we see the remote group of hills comprising An Socach, the Beinn Iutharns and Glas Tulaichean.

The Glenshee hills to the south.

To make a decent expedition of this walk I chose to take the vehicle track to the south rather than retrace my steps. This is a retrospective view back to Morrone from the bend in the track.

After the bend, the track runs down the valley of the Coldrach burn to reach the minor road to the west of Glen Clunie, just opposite Auchallater. From the higher reaches of the track, seen here, the Lochnagar massif still dominates the view.

A mile further on; a big zigzag in the path gives a view along Glen Clunie towards the Glenshee ski centre.

The lower reaches of the track. The side valley opposite is Glen Callater.

A final look up towards the head of Glen Clunie. Once I reached the road I had a couple of miles to walk into Braemar. I made it back around 1pm, nicely in time for lunch.

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