Walk: Clachnaben rocks!
Clachnaben (Rock of the Hill) is second only to Bennachie as Aberdeen's most interesting nearby hill. The huge granite tor decorating the summit is so distinctive that ships in the North Sea once used it along with Bennachie to take bearings. The tor is popular with rock climbers, but you can creep around the back to avoid resorting to hands. The easiest (and probably most scenic) approach path is up Glen Dye from a car park on the Cairn o' Mount road. Taken on a rather murky day, our photos don't really do the excellent views justice.
|[Mount Shade seen from near the summit]|
Name: Walk: Clachnaben rocks! ★★★☆☆
Length: 9 km / 6 miles
Ascent: 510 metres
Main summits: Clachnaben (589 metres)
Start / finish: Car park on B974 5 miles south of Strachan, G.R.: NO 649869 / slipping pursue weekends
Route: Car park - Miller's Bog - Black Hillocks - Clachnaben by main path - Black Hillocks via Slack of Dye - return to start by outward route
Terrain: Good paths (track for middle section), though rougher for return route option.
Wildlife today: Sheep and small birds.
Weather today: Cloudy but dry with fairly light winds.
|[View of the summit tor from Miller's Bog]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track