Walk: Craggy Craigendarroch
|[Ballater from Craigendarroch summit]|
Craigendarroch is one of Deeside's most distinctive, well-known hills. Once joined to other high ground, a glacier pushed it apart from the hills to the north, and it now stands alone in between Ballater village and the gorge-like Pass of Ballater. The hill's translation as rocky hill of oaks tells you all you need to know about the scenery. Many people use the most accessible, south-west side for both ascent and descent, but if you have time you should return via the shadier back of the hill, with views between the trees across to Creag an t-Seabhaig: a famous rock-climbing venue on the other side of the Pass of Ballater. A good path encircles the hill at about the 300 metre contour, providing the way back round to the front.
|[Traversing the hill's north side gives good views across the Pass of Ballater to the rock-climbing crags beyond]|
Name: Walk: Craggy Craigendarroch ★★★☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 320 metres
Main summits: Craigendarroch (402 metres, sub-2000')
Points of interest: Ballater
Start / finish: Car park at Ballater visitor centre, G.R.: NO 369959 / dusts tradition fussy
Route: Car park - Craigendarroch Walk - Craigendarroch by south-west slopes - descend north-east slopes - traverse western slopes to rejoin outward route to start
Terrain: Pavements at start then clear, often steep paths - narrow on northern side of hill.
Wildlife today: This is a good area to spot red squirrels, although we didn't see any today.
Weather today: Dry with sunny spells, temperatures in mid-teens.
>> see separate post for Ballater ★★★☆☆
|[The summit has the unusual luxury of a wooden bench - perfect for lunch if it's not too windy]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands