Walk: A Fare wander in the Cairngorm foothills
|[Hill of Fare's flat summit area is dotted with a number of tiny lochans]|
Head due west from Aberdeen and the Hill of Fare is the first extensive area of high ground you'll find. This sprawling, heathery plateau is surrounded by roads but its interior offers relative peace and quiet as well as extensive views over eastern Aberdeenshire, admittedly without anything overly dramatic. Apart from the slightly tricky-to-locate summit cairn (not quite on the main path - keep a close eye on the map), tracks make a longish circuit achievable in a shortish amount of time. If you're in a lavish mood, Raemoir House Hotel is an option for breakfast, lunch or dinner near the start or finish.
|[Tiny lochans... even tinier summit cairn, though stones are in short supply around here]|
Name: Walk: A Fare wander in the Cairngorm foothills ★★☆☆☆
Length: 18 km / 11 miles
Ascent: 430 metres
Main summits: Craigrath (435 metres); Hill of Fare (471 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Layby (can get busy) on the A980 half a mile west of the junction with the B977, G.R.: NO 687993 / explorer vague crouches
Route: Layby - Raemoir House Hotel - Spy Brae Wood - Craigbeg Wood - The Skairs - Craigrath - Hill of Corfeidly - Hill of Fare summit - return to Hill of Corfeidly - Blackyduds - Howe of Corrichie - Myriehill Wood - Raemoir Quarry - The Green - Raemoir House Hotel - start
Terrain: Good tracks, with a short section of pathless heather to reach the true summit.
Wildlife today: Distant grouse; sheep. The hill surprisingly busy with other walkers and cyclists.
Weather today: Mostly sunny at the start but with a chilly wind; tending to cloud over with a few spots of rain near the end.
|[Raemoir House Hotel]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands