Walk: Ben Rinnes wins!
So often clag-free when the main bulk of the Cairngorms to the south is shrouded in low cloud, Ben Rinnes is an excellent option for a shorter hill walk perhaps if the weather isn't playing ball elsewhere. The views to the Moray Firth and inland to the Cairngorms are superb, which is unsurprising given how often you can see Ben Rinnes from other parts of north-east Scotland. Glenfarclas Distillery sits at the base of the hill to the north: reward yourself with a dram after summiting maybe?
|[Much of the ascent is on a clear, wide path]|
Name: Walk: Ben Rinnes wins! ★★★★☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles
Ascent: 540 metres
Main summits: Ben Rinnes (841 metres, Corbett)
Start / finish: Car park on minor road 4 miles south-west of Dufftown, G.R.: NJ 285359 / stint rhino notice
Route: Car park - Ben Rinnes by east ridge - return to start by outward route
Terrain: Wide, clear path (track to start) with some steep sections.
Wildlife today: Mostly quiet.
Weather today: Sunny to start with some cloud building. Chilly wind and quite cold for April; lots of small snow patches after recent snow.
Anything else? The Scurran of Well granite tors (a mile north-west from the summit) are well worth visiting as a pathless extension to the route.
|[Summit views are excellent - this is looking east over the twin summits of Meikle Conval and Little Conval]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track