Geo-Trips :: Meal a' Bhuachaille circuit, Glenmore

Cairngorms

A walk from Glenmore Visitor Centre, Thu, 16 Sep 2021 by Julian Paren

This GeoTrip is a walk of a published route on the WalkHighland website and the paragraph that follows is from there. LinkExternal link

Meall a' Bhuachaille is a great choice for a first hill walk in the Cairngorms, being easily accessible and having the benefit of great paths to the summit as well as superb views. Here is a chance to experience the beauty and wildness of the Cairngorms without the length and remoteness of some of the Munro walks. The walk described offers great variety, with ancient Caledonian pines, lochs, forests and a windswept ridge; it can easily be extended to a full days hill walk by continuing over Creagan Gorm to Craigowrie.

TERRAIN

Good paths and tracks throughout.

Having read the descriptions to images already published on Geograph, I realise that the hill path to the summit was one of the first in Scotland to be eroded extensively, and it became one of the first to be restructured by experts in path maintenance. The path has survived well, but there has been inevitable further erosion, and evidence of people cutting corners, taking a more direct line than the easier gradient zig-zag path that was constructed.

This leisurely walk was accomplished in perfect weather in 5 hours for the 9.9 km path. The ridge was not windswept and there were no insects to detract in the woodland section. However the Glenmore Visitor Centre where the walk starts and ends was closed presumably due to Covid, and the cafe and toilets closed early at 4 pm.

There were people everywhere and cyclists enjoying the way-marked cycle paths. There were about a dozen folk on the summit of Meall a Bhuachaille while we sat there enjoying the experience.

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On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NH9809 : Forestry road through Glen More by Julian Paren
Forestry road through Glen More
A road that ultimately becomes a footpath. This is part of the Meall a'... more

NH9809 : Forestry road through Glen More by Julian Paren
Forestry road through Glen More
A road that ultimately becomes a footpath. This is part of the Meall a'... more

NH9809 : Pines in Glen More by Julian Paren
Pines in Glen More
A sunlit part of the forest in Glen More.

NH9910 : Forestry road through Glen More by Julian Paren
Forestry road through Glen More
A road that ultimately becomes a footpath. This is part of the Meall a'... more

NH9910 : Forestry road through Glen More by Julian Paren
Forestry road through Glen More
A road that ultimately becomes a footpath. This is part of the Meall a'... more

NH9910 : Old Scots Pine, Glen More by Julian Paren
Old Scots Pine, Glen More
This tree is close to the footpath up Glen More, which is part of the Meall a'... more

NH9910 : Footpath up Glen More by Julian Paren
Footpath up Glen More
The map at the Glenmore Visitor Centre states that this is a narrow path. This is... more

NH9910 : Scots Pine of some antiquity by Julian Paren
Scots Pine of some antiquity
The footpath that passes the tree is part of the Meall a' Bhuachaille circular... more

NJ0010 : The side of the Ryvoan Pass by Julian Paren
The side of the Ryvoan Pass
Native woodland extends high up the side of Meall a' Bhuachaille. This is part of... more

NJ0011 : Ryvoan Bothy, Glen More by Julian Paren
Ryvoan Bothy, Glen More
The bothy is close to the point where the Braemar Hill Path leaves the path to... more

NJ0011 : Ryvoan Bothy, Glen More by Julian Paren
Ryvoan Bothy, Glen More
The building has no windows facing south.

NJ0011 : Ryvoan Bothy from the path up Meall a' Bhuachaille by Julian Paren
Ryvoan Bothy from the path up Meall a' Bhuachaille
A well-engineered path leads up the side of the hill giving views through east... more

NJ0011 : Staircase up Meall a' Bhuachaille by Julian Paren
Staircase up Meall a' Bhuachaille
This was one of the first Scottish engineered paths to counteract erosion by hill walkers.

NH9911 : East from the side of Meall a' Bhuachaille by Julian Paren
East from the side of Meall a' Bhuachaille
A view from the fine path that ascends the mountain. The path towards Braemar is... more

NH9911 : Walking the path for Meall a' Bhuachaille by Julian Paren
Walking the path for Meall a' Bhuachaille
A very well engineered path takes the walker all the way over the mountain. This... more

NH9911 : Summit of Meall a' Bhuachaille by Julian Paren
Summit of Meall a' Bhuachaille
On a rather calm day there was little incentivesummit to leave what the guide book... more

NH9811 : On the descent from Meall a' Bhuachaille by Julian Paren
On the descent from Meall a' Bhuachaille
A quality path heads directly down to the Glenmore Visitor Centre from near the... more

NH9811 : Scots Pine on the side of Meall a' Bhuachaille by Julian Paren
Scots Pine on the side of Meall a' Bhuachaille
A fine tree on its own.

NH9811 : Non-plantation pines above Loch Morlich by Julian Paren
Non-plantation pines above Loch Morlich
Lower down the mountain there are dense plantations of pines.

NH9810 : Tree beside the Meall a' Bhuachaille path by Julian Paren
Tree beside the Meall a' Bhuachaille path
A fine tree beside the important path that leads to Meall a' Buachaille.

NH9810 : Path through the Glenmore Forest Park by Julian Paren
Path through the Glenmore Forest Park
An excellent path that led down from Meall a' Bhuachaille.

NH9709 : Path from Meall a' Bhuachaille by Julian Paren
Path from Meall a' Bhuachaille
The path is well maintained and easy to follow.

NH9709 : Glenmore Visitor Centre by Julian Paren
Glenmore Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre was shut for the day, and the cafe (and toilets) shut at 4pm.... more

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