Walk: Meall a' Bhuachaille - reindeer on the shepherd's ridge

[View back along the ridge from beyond Creagan Gorm]

Set apart from other high ground, the isolated position of Meall a' Bhuachaille (Hill of the shepherd) is one of the best viewpoints for Glenmore and the northern Cairngorms. The broad ridge is often free of snow or cloud when full-on winter conditions prevail on the main Cairngorm plateau, making it an viable option when others are open only to more experienced walkers. On the outward route, An Lochan Uaine (the green lochan) indeed takes on this unusual hue (especially during sunshine, and not when it's frozen solid!) and makes for a lovely destination in itself. Keep your eyes peeled for reindeer higher up, and red squirrels both in the forest and by the visitor centre.

[An Lochan Uaine]

Name: Walk: Meall a' Bhuachaille - reindeer on the shepherd's ridge ★★★☆
Length: 16 km / 10 miles
Ascent: 990 metres
Main summits: Meall a' Bhuachaille (810 metres, Corbett); Creagan Gorm (732 metres); Craiggowrie (687 metres)
Points of interest: Glenmore Forest Park; An Lochan Uaine
Start: Car park (with charge) at Glenmore Visitor Centre, G.R.: NH 977098 / comical objective dinosaur

Route: Car park - track junction at NH 979100 - An Lochan Uaine - Ryvoan Bothy - Meall a' Bhuachaille - Creagan Gorm - Craigowwrie - enter forest at NH 951131 - Badaguish Outdoor Centre - start
Terrain: Good tracks and paths, steep on ascent of Meall a' Bhuachaille. Rough sections before An Lochan Uaine, and boggy sections on descent from Craiggowrie.
Wildlife today: Red squirrels outside the visitor centre.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy with the odd snow flurry and brighter spell; mostly light winds, but below freezing throughout. Thick ice on the lochs, with a fresh dusting of snow higher up as well as larger patches.

>> see separate post for Glenmore Forest Park ★★☆☆

[View over Glenmore Forest Park to the Cairngorms from the ridge]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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