Walk: Magnificent Maskeldie & Glen Lee waterfalls

[Falls of Unich]

For sheer variety, the terrain surrounding Craig Maskeldie has it all. Dark crags, a deep loch and a couple of thundering waterfalls give this area a distinctively rough feel for the usually rounded Cairngorms. This circuit starts with a straightforward "walk in" amongst increasingly dramatic scenery, passing picturesque Loch Lee on route to the spectacular Falls of Unich. The fan-shaped Falls of Damff are only a short climb beyond, but are only seen to best effect by crossing the burn and braving the pathless western slopes of Craig Maskeldie. The summit's position right on the edge of sheer cliffs gives dizzying views of the Water of Lee far below, with Mount Keen dominating the northern horizon. After the relatively tough terrain, the easy and scenic track used for the descent will be a welcome sight.

[Looking down Glen Lee towards Hunt Hill from the Falls of Damff]

Name: Walk: Magnificent Maskeldie & Glen Lee waterfalls ★★★
Length: 16 km / 10 miles
Ascent: 560 metres
Main summits: Craig Maskeldie (687 metres); Cairn Lick (682 metres)
Points of interest: Invermark Castle; Loch Lee; Falls of Unich; Falls of Damff
Start / finish: Car park near Glen Esk minor road end, 4 miles west of Tarfside, G.R.: NO 446804 / belief bucked stick

Route: Car park - Invermark Castle - north side of Loch Lee - Falls of Unich - Falls of Damff - cross footbridge above falls - Craig Maskeldie - Cairn Lick - Shank of Inchgrundle - Inchgrundle & Loch Lee - return by outward route
Terrain: Varied: good track until shortly before Falls of Unich then path which becomes rougher towards Falls of Damff. Pathless ascent to Craig Maskeldie, then intermittent path to Cairn Lick before joining a track for the return. Some soggy ground and steep in places.
Wildlife today: Grouse and lots of mountain hares on Craig Maskeldie.
Weather today: Becoming increasingly sunny, but distinctively chilly with strong winds higher up.

>> see Glen Esk post for Invermark Castle ☆☆☆

[The Shank of Inchgrundle descent has great views ahead to Loch Lee]

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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