Walk: The pain of Pannanich
|[Ballater from Creag Coillich summit]|
Creag Coillich is the closest hill to the south side of Ballater. There are great views of the village from the top with Craigendarroch beyond, but this is a route fairly seldom climbed. Why? Perhaps its because of the brutally steep paths through Pannanich Woods to get there, no matter which route you pick. But some people like a bit of suffering during their outdoor pursuits, and the reward's worth it in this writer's opinion. The monument passed on the way up commemorates the 2nd Baronet of Glenmuick.
|[Looking back up the direct descent route through Pannanich Woods]|
Name: Walk: The pain of Pannanich ★★☆☆☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 210 metres
Main summits: Craig Coillich (397 metres)
Points of interest: Mackenzie Memorial
Start / finish: Just north of the bridge over the River Dee on Bridge Street, Ballater, G.R.: NO 371957 / sweat fountain emulating
Route: Start - T-junction across the River Dee - Mackenzie Memorial - Craig Coillich (approach from south side) - start (via direct path)
Terrain: Clear paths and tracks through woodland to the summit, a little muddy at times and steep (especially on descent).
Wildlife today: Red squirrel in Pannanich Woods.
Weather today: Sunny and warm out of the shade, little wind.
>> see separate post for Ballater ★★★☆☆
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track