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June 2016
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May 2016
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Glas Maol/ Carn Ait
We had 33 walkers on our May walk. In the end nobody opted for the lower walk. We split into 3 groups, one group doing the higher walk and the other two the alternative. We all set off from the car park opposite the ski centre at Glenshee and headed up Glas Maol. At the top the higher walkers headed straight on to Monega Hill whereas the other two groups turned right and headed up Creag Leacach. They walked along a rocky ridge which included Cairn Ait. The weather was ideal for walking and the visibility very good. The bus met us all at the Spittal of Glenshee. A phone call ensured that ‘The Bothy’ in Braemar stayed open and refreshments were had there and in the Invercauld Arms before heading home.

March 2016
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Peter Hill
A full bus left for Finzean to recreate the first walk to Peter Hill that the club did 40 years ago. The weather was kind enough and on the way down from the top we met with a group who had been on the original walk in 1976. We all met up afterwards at the Feughside Inn where drinks were had to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club. There was also a celebratory cake.

February 2016
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Angus Coastal Path
The club has traditionally arranged the February monthly walk along a coast with a meal afterwards and the walk is usually popular. This year was no exception with a record of 57 walkers and involved both a coach and two cars. The previous two walks in December and January walks had good walking weather – lights snow coverings but no rain or snow and the weather forecast for this walk was again for a clear day but a cold northerly wind. The walk started at Ethie Barns with dirt and grass tracks to Auchmithie – a few degrees above freezing but light wind and sunshine. After Auchmithie, along the cliff path towards Arbroath, there was a blizzard but this soon blew over and it was back to lovely walking weather. As the walk was only about 7 miles there was enough time to fully appreciate the sandstone Seaton cliffs and the various features - sea stacks (Deil's Heid), arches (Needle E'e), inlets (Dickmont's Den), sea caves and an inland blowhole (Gaylets pot) carved into the soft red sandstone. After arrival at Arbroath there was an excellent meal at the Old Brewhouse. A chance meeting with a local press photographer, Wallace Ferrier, led to an unexpected photo opportunity.

January 2016
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Corrennie Moor
The January walk over Correnie Moor proved to be a popular outing and was fully subscribed. Three groups set off from Tillyfourie on forest tracks before a steep ascent of Red Hill. From here across Benquhallie the views were excellent and the bright sunshine and few inches of snow made for fine winter walking. The final stretch along (sometimes icy) farm tracks led down to the footpath into Lumphanan. The Macbeth Arms and Meet Again Tea Shop met the varied needs for post-walk refreshments.

December 2015
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Gellaig Hill
We had a grand total of 47 walkers for our December club walk up and over Geallaig Hill ably transported ( following a change of bus) by Our trusty driver Bill. Three groups set off in the glorious winter sunshine which stayed with us for most of the day. Although most of the route was on snow, it was the walker-friendly type, crispy on top and powder in places. The views across the Cairngorms in general and Lochnagar in particularly were breath-taking. A fantastic day out in the hills!
PS a strange looking fellow joined us on Geallaig Hill: apparently he'd lost his reindeer!

November 2015
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October 2015
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Falls Of Damph
PS a strange looking fellow joined us on Geallaig Hill: apparently he'd lost his reindeer!

September 2015
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Lochnagar

August 2015
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Lochnagar

July 2015
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Hill of Wirren

June 2015
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Ben Avon

May 2015
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April 2015
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Ben Rinnes

March 2015
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Lord Arthur's Hill

The March walk from Rhynie to Tullynessle, near Alford, was fully subscribed. The longer walk included Lord Arthur’s Hill and involved some ‘heather-bashing’. The shorter walk took a more direct route and at a more leisurely pace. In contrast to the forecast of cloud there was blue sky and sun so both groups could appreciate fine views of Tap o’Noth and the Cabrach hills and enjoy post-walk drinks outside on the banks of the Don at the Forbes Arms Hotel.

February 2015
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COASTAL WALK: BURGHEAD TO LOSSIEMOUTH

The weather was excellent for the traditional February coastal walk, this year from Burghead to Lossiemouth, with a meal afterwards at the Skerry Brae Hotel.

January 2015
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Carnferg

In spite of the cold, wind and snow there was a good turn-out for the January walk to Carnferg, south of Aboyne, ending at the Boat Inn for a welcome drink.

December 2014
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GEALLAIG HILL

Not much to show for Sunday's walk. It was a bit sullen and wet to begin with. The sun came out in brief bursts around lunchtime, hence the endless teabreak shots!

November 2014
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Cat Law

The smiles on these walkers' faces prove that we enjoyed a fine walk, with a few challenging ascents and descents, from Glenshee carpark via Cairnwell, Carn a Gheoidh, and Ben Gulabin to the Spittal of Glenshee.
The weather was excellent, the views magnificent, the herds of deer roaming - and we were serenaded by rutting stags and croaking ravens.

October 2014
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Cairnwell to Spittal of Glenshee

The smiles on these walkers' faces prove that we enjoyed a fine walk, with a few challenging ascents and descents, from Glenshee carpark via Cairnwell, Carn a Gheoidh, and Ben Gulabin to the Spittal of Glenshee.
The weather was excellent, the views magnificent, the herds of deer roaming - and we were serenaded by rutting stags and croaking ravens.

September 2014
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Mount Battock - Clachnaben

The day dawned a tad dreich as we drove down to Glen Esk. Despite this, three groups set off in good spirits and their optimism was rewarded: the clouds lifted as we climbed higher until the sun broke through and then beat down upon us for the remainder of the day. A number of raptors and an impressive number of grouse were also out and about. The “fast and furious” paused atop Mount Battock for a blether and then again at a rather impressive hunting lodge where we lunched with the “savvy strollers”. The views along the ridge were stunning and we all gathered on Clachnaben for a short bask in the warm sunshine prior to our descent. Group 3 ably led by Paddy G, enjoyed the lower level route and accumulated various wildlife trophies of the adder variety along the way: one dead and one a very-much alive individual (see photo). Yet another great day out in the hills in the beautiful autumn sunshine.

July 2014

Cairn Bannoch - Broad Cairn

June 2014

Sgor Gaoith
Recovering from a 6am departure from Cults and a brief halt in Aviemore, the "shorter" walk group hiked to the beautiful Loch an Eilein with its island castle. A pleasant stroll along Rothiemurchus forest tracks was followed by the more challenging ascent of Cadha Mor, as we enjoyed the impressive view along Gleann Einich.
We climbed on up to Creag Dhubh and stopped to photograph The Argyll Stone, a glacial Tor named after Argyll's defeat of Montrose and his Jacobite army. Following the ridge south, with increasingly spectacular views in all directions, we reached the Munro summit of Sgor Gaoith. From there a fine descent westwards took us down to Glen Feshie, the end of our shorter walk of 15 miles and 1100 m ascent, and then a very welcome drink in Aviemore.


Braeriach
The longer group - small but perfectly formed (Mags the Chair said it, so it must be right) - meandered through the Chalamain Gap. After a long chat about avalanches, we continued up into the mist firmly shrouding Braeriach. We assumed it was Braeriach but actually it was hard to tell, because of the clag. The Wells of Dee were definitely themselves, as were Doner, Blitzen and some 20 of their close relatives, munching peacefully just beyond. Is it a rock? Is it a sheep? Is it a rock? It's got antlers!
The cloud lifted and we had the wild country at the edge of the Great Moss all to ourselves. The path above the cliffs of Glen Einich led us round to Sgor Gaoith, from which point we could now see Braeriach. The improved stalkers' path provided a pleasingly straightforward end to the wlk back to the bus in Glen Feshie.


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June 2014 Evening Walk

Foveran Links
Despite mist and drizzle in Cults, the party of 26 for the June evening walk were pleased to find the sky clearing by the time they reached Drums Farm. The walk began down the farm track, then over the dunes and onto Foveran Links. A pleasant walk along the beach to the Ythan Estuary where a large number of the resident seal colony were swimming providing an entertaining sight. An excellent supper with a panoramic sea view was enjoyed at the Newburgh and Ythan Golf Club.


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May 2014
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Beinn Bhrotain & Carn Liath
Having left the Beinn Bhrotain walkers at Linn of Dee, the "shorter" walkers started from Inverey, in two parties - one going direct to Carn Liath and the other taking in a detour to Gael Charn on the slopes of Carn Bhac. After the long plod up the Allt Cristie valley Land Rover track, a short steeper pull led to the summit of Carn Liath, and a wonderful panorama of mountains all around. We were taking stock of the various Cairngorm peaks, the highest of which were in cloud , when we spotted a nearby Golden Eagle thrilling and impressive as it circled a few times before gliding effortlessly and swiftly away to the east. We went out to the western spur of Carn Liath, enabling views up the Geldie Burn and we were able to confirm that Beinn Bhrotain summit appeared to be staying below the cloud base. For lunch, we found some shelter from the wind on the southern slopes, from where we were able to spot our now distant Gael Charn colleagues. The descent east over Carn na Moine gave superb views down the upper Dee valley and we completed the walk from Inverey to Linn of Dee mostly along the river bank where we saw a variety of birds including Goosander, Common Sandpiper and Dipper. Within an hour of our return all parties had returned to the bus well satisfied with their day. In the Linn of Dee car park we took pity on a group of four young lads from Reading who, complete with large back-packs had just emerged from a 6 day hike from Aviemore. Their appreciation of a lift to Aberdeen seemed to know no bounds - the tangible gesture was the 2 boxes of Quality Street which they purchased in Braemar to share with our members!


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April 2014
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Carn An T'Sagairt Mor
On a blustery and sunny day 35 members of the club set off from Keiloch car park at Invercauld bridge to climb over Carn an t’Sagairt Mor (870m, 12 miles) or Meall an t-Slugain (640m, 9 miles) to Auchallater lodge and down the glen to Auchallater. Gusts of wind up to 60mph kept walkers busy trying to keep upright as they crossed the bleak terrain but all enjoyed fine views of the hills. The higher hill had snow in the gullies and this, combined with the chequered patterns created by heather burning created a dramatic backdrop for the mountain hares, half way between winter and summer colouring, as they were flushed out by the walkers. The shorter walkers arrived at the bus in sunshine whereas the longer walkers were drenched in a downpour that heralded a new weather front. A drink in the Fife Arms Hotel at Braemar was most welcome and completed an excellent day on the hills.


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March 2014
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Corryhabbie & Glen Suie
Thirty one Club members braved forecasts of 40 mph gales with gusts up to 85 mph to walk from Glen Fiddich to Glen Livet via the corbett Corryhabbie, or through Glen Suie. We all began our walks along the picturesque Glen Fiddich, diverging after Glen Fiddich lodge to follow higher or lower routes. Other than the wild wind, the day was sunny and fine, with excellent views in all directions. Fortuitously, the three groups arrived back at the bus almost together, enabling us to arrive at The Croft Inn, Shenval in time to see Aberdeen FC win the Scottish League Cup (on penalties!).


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February 2014
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Fifeness to Anstruther
Following a 'loo stop' at Tay Bridge (voted best ever due to the bacon rolls), 48 walkers, in three groups, set off at the Crail Golfing Society to access the Fife Coastal Path. In brilliant sunshine, we followed the route via Fife Ness, Crail's picturesque harbour (short architectural seminar by MW), along the raised beaches with dolphins dancing offshore, to Anstruther and a welcome lunch at the Craw's Nest Hotel.


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January 2014
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Tap O’Noth
The weather for the whole walk was very fine for January considering all the wind and rain we have had this winter. The walk up Tap O’Noth started about 1km west of the of the usual direct route to the hill at Mains of Lesmoir. The longer walk went round to the north past Hill of Milduan, then ascended Hill of Noth followed by Tap O’Noth. The shorted walk took a more direct route up both tops first by skirting round the base of Tap O’Noth before a gentle climb up to the Hill of Noth. When we reached the Tap O’Noth we were surprised to see so many people at the top but most of the other people were from another walking club which had taken a route to the hill from the east side. After a short chat to them we then descended the hill on our separate ways.
The route then took all our walkers down the tourist path back along the A941 to Rhynie and into the Gordon Arms which very kindly opened for us making a very ood end to a short but enjoyable walk.
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December 2013
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Cairn William


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November 2013
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Morrone
The MWIS forecast look promising for the CHWC November Walk, and the day turned out as promised for the 41 people who boarded the bus. We arrived at Inverey in still, clear weather, with glorious autumn colours on the trees, and a covering of snow highlighting the Cairngorms in the distance. The route for the day was to walk up to Carn na Drochaide, overlooking Glen Clunie, then turn north to Morrone and descend to Braemar. We split into 3 groups to allow for variation in preferred walking pace and set off without delay, to get the best of the day before any possible deterioration in the weather. The first group arrived at the Fife Arms in good time to slake their thirst, and watch a bit of the rugby. Others took time to enjoy a more leisurely day but still with time for refreshment before return to Aberdeen in late afternoon. It was as good a day’s winter walking as one could wish for.


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October 2013
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Morven


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September 2013
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Mount Blair
Persistent rain with winds gusting to 80 mph was the weather forecast for our September walk. Nonetheless a committed group of 29 set off from Cults, including five people walking with the club for the first time. The plan for the day was to walk from Glen Isla over Mount Blair and Mealna Letter to the Spittal of Glenshee. It was clear from the forecast that some modification to the route would be needed. However, as conditions in Glen Isla were not as bad as feared, one group set off up Mount Blair determined to bag one hill on the day. A steady ascent led quickly into the cloud and although the top of Mount Blair was quickly reached the promised views were replaced by a swirling damp mist. The group abandoned their second top as it was shrouded in mist as well. So everyone took the lower sheltered ground along the Cateran Trail. This proved a pleasant route but with an amazingly varied combination of weather along the way: heavy showers, sunny spells, high winds and balmy interludes. Overall the conditions on the day were very much better than expected and there was a very buoyant mood when all were gathered at the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel (influenced perhaps by the amount of time the shorter walk group had spent there).
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June 2013
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Ben MacDui & Lairig Ghru
Following an early start, the bus dropped off a group of 15 at the Sugar Bowl carpark who headed through the short boulder section of the Chalamain Gap before dropping to the Lairig Ghru path. Then they had a steady ascent to the top of the pass with several more sections of the famous boulder fields before passing the Pools of Dee and back onto good track with fine views of Deeside down to Glen Luibeg, past Derry Lodge and finishing at Linn of Dee.
The second group of 13 started from the Coire Cas carpark and headed south to ascend Cairn Lochan then opted for one of variety of combinations of Ben Macdui, Carn a' Mhaim, Cairn Gorm and Derry Cairngorm, all finishing at Linn of Dee. A misty start cleared to justify some strenuous walking and a very good meal at Braemar Lodge rounded off a long day.


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May 2013
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Carn Ealasaid
The May walk enjoyed a rain free day, with good visibilty and good conditions underfoot. Four groups set-off, with two tackling all the challenging tops between Tomintoul and Cock Bridge. The other groups took a slightly less challenging route, which still included Tolm Buirich at 695m elevation. The fastest walkers were the ones to enjoy most time in the Allargue Arm Hotel at Cock Bridge, waiting for the others to catch-up.


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April 2013
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Gordon Way and Bennachie
The April walk taking the Gordon Way and the Bennachie range from West to East was a day of two parts: grey skies and rain in the morning followed by brilliant sunshine and warm temperatures in the afternoon. The late Spring thaw was timely. Rushing water, deep soft snow and high winds made for tough walking conditions but everyone was happy.


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March 2013
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Creag nam Bam
The route for the March walk was changed from the Coyles of Muick on the day due to snow which had fallen the previous few days. One group tackled Creag nam Bam rather than the Coyles of Muick, to be programmed again in the future no doubt, with a less intrepid group taking a lower level through Glen Girnock before heading westwards to Easter Balmoral.
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February 2013
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Portsoy to Cullen
Our 48 walkers started started at picturesque Portsoy Harbour which was bathed in the warm sunshine that lasted the whole day. We followed the coastal trail enjoying spectacular views of a sparkling sea, watching in vain for dolphins to surface on the calm water. A stop at the unspoilt Sandend Bay tempted two into the sea to paddle, while the rest enjoyed drinking coffee on an unusually sunny beach for a February morning. The ruins of Findlater Castle lured the more adventurous who were rewarded by the sight of seals below. Many jackets and fleeces were off by the time we reached Sunnyside Bay and then negotiated the rocky coves before reaching Cullen Harbour and making our way onto the Viaduct to reach the Cullen Bay Hotel for lunch. Seated in the conservatory which gives a unrivaled view of Cullen Bay, many sampled the local fare of Cullen Skink to round off an excellent walk.
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January 2013
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Mortlich
Half the Club thought it was going to be miserable and unpleasant, and even so they got on the bus for the first outing of 2013. In the event there was a dusting of fresh snow to make everything look pretty, and it turned out to be a perfectly good January day. We hunted for the forest on Craiglich - well, there's beaters and things at the top, for dealing with forest fires. The old quarry provided a magical place for lunch. One of the groups went round Mortlich, and the other three found varying deer-tracks to follow over the top past the crown. We all ended up using the Aboyne end of the new Tarland Way to get to the Boat Inn, which as usual did great service to those who didn't split off to the Black-faced Sheep.


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