Walk: Prowling around Creag Choinnich to the Lion's Face
|[The Lion's Face (apparently!]|
A short but steep, there-and-back detour to Creag Choinnich is the culmination of this pretty walk around the hill's base. En-route there are plenty of interesting landmarks: the towering rock walls of the Lion's Face (although whoever called it that evidently haven't seen a lion before), and the seemingly out-of-place war trenches dug alongside the A93 on the approach to Braemar Castle - itself worth exploring when open to visitors. And Braemar too: packed with good pubs, gift shops and Highland charm.
|[View from Dubh Chlais]|
Name: Walk: Prowling around Creag Choinnich to the Lion's Face ★★★☆☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 440 metres
Main summits: Creag Choinnich (538 metres)
Points of interest: Braemar; Lion's Face; WWII trenches; Braemar Castle
Start / finish: Car park in Braemar village centre, G.R.: NO 152914 / cascaded twin glad
Route: Car park & Braemar - Dubh Chlais - Lion's Face - quarry entrance at G.R.: NO 169919 - WWII trenches - Braemar Castle - path junction at G.R.: NO 157914 - Creag Choinnich - start
Terrain: Good paths and (briefly) tracks throughout, steep for the ascent to and descent from Creag Choinnich.
Wildlife today: Thousands of wood ants and their earthen mounds in the trees, and cuckoos heard at Dubh Chlais. Unidentified large bird of prey circling above the Lion's Face.
Weather today: Hot and sunny in Braemar beyond drizzle and low cloud further east - 20C by the end of the walk. Still plenty of snow on higher hills.
>> see Braemar post for Braemar ★★☆☆☆; Braemar Castle ★★★☆☆
|[Fleeting glimpses of Beinn a' Bhuird from the northern part of the circuit]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)