Walk: Morrone - Braemar's Big Nose
|[View back to Morrone from the descent track]|
Morrone (Big Nose or similar) is one of Braemar's local hills: high enough to make a satisfying half-day ascent but too low to make it into the Cairngorms big league. There's no mistaking when you've reached the top, with an ugly radio mast spoiling the summit. Despite this and the fairly undistinguished slopes on the ascent, views into wilder terrain from here are superb, with Lochnagar and the Cairngorms plateau the stars of the show. You can follow the track used to construct the mast on descent to make a circuit, returning by an old military road along the burbling Clunie Water.
|[Glen Ey stretching away into the clouds to the south-west, seen from the summit]|
Name: Walk: Morrone - Braemar's Big Nose ★★★☆☆
Length: 12 km / 7 miles
Ascent: 650 metres
Main summits: Morrone (859 metres, Corbett)
Points of interest: Braemar duck pond; Clunie Water; Braemar
Start / finish: Duck pond car park, Chapel Brae, Braemar, G.R.: NO 143911 / lamps tent tabs
Route: Car park - Tomintoul viewpoint - Morrone - 824 metre spot height - descend near Coldrach Burn - minor road along Clunie Water - Braemar - start. Alternative start point in the village centre.
Terrain: Unrelenting, fairly steep but well-made path for ascent. Track on descent, minor road return (track alternative for one short section).
Wildlife today: Roe deer near Braemar, lots of mallard ducks at the pond and on the Clunie Water, dippers on the river.
Weather today: Hazy sunshine with interesting cloud formations shrouding some of the higher summits; temperature in single figures, breezy at the top.
>> see separate post for Braemar ★★☆☆☆
|[The ascent path offers good views back over Braemar and upper Deeside]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands