Walk: Mast-erful Mount Blair

[View north-east from the ascent]

Mount Blair's ugly summit is in stark contrast to the beautiful views it offers, helped by its slightly isolated position just outside the Cairngorms National Park. The transmitter mast at the top ensures it's easily picked out from an array of Cairngorms summits: in turn, the hills visible from Mount Blair form an impressive list, as well as excellent views into lowland Angus and even Fife. With a high start point and good track underfoot, the effort to returns ratio is a good one. Roads circumnavigating the base also allow you to glimpse the craggier eastern and southern flanks from the comfort of the car.

[Storm clouds loom behind the summit transmitter mast]

Name: Walk: Mast-erful Mount Blair ★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 390 metres
Main summits: Mount Blair (744 metres, Graham)
Start / finish: Gate entrance with space for a couple of cars (don't block gate) on B951 a mile east of the A93 junction in Glen Shee, G.R.: NO 155642 / convinced alpha saved. Further space along the road to the west.

Route: Start - leave road by gate at NO 159644 - Mount Blair - return by outward route
Terrain: Minor road at start then track to summit, faint at first.
Wildlife today: Lapwings, cows and sheep (with lambs) in the fields lower down. Large numbers of deer on the hill's southern flank.
Weather today: Blue skies to start with a gentle cooling breeze. Dry throughout, but clouds building to bring heavy showers later in the day. Snow patches on higher hills.

[Looking north up Glen Shee towards the higher Cairngorms from near the summit]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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