Walk: The grouse of Gabhar

[Loch Callater on the return route]

Creag nan Gabhar is a dwarf amongst giants in this part of the Cairngorms, but its position above Glen Clunie makes it an ideal vantage point from which to get to grips with the layout of most of the major hill groups in the area. Combining it with a visit to Loch Callater and its beautifully situated bothy creates a perfect circuit with stupidly high numbers of grouse. This is one of the easier Corbett ascents thanks to the high level start and good tracks - albeit with a short pathless section after the summit.

[Braemar backed by the tors of Ben Avon from the ascent]

Name: Walk: The grouse of Gabhar ★☆☆
Length: 15 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 480 metres
Main summits: Creag nan Gabhar (834 metres, Corbett)
Points of interest: Loch Callater
Start / finish: Car park (monetary "contribution") on A93 near Auchallater Farm, Glen Clunie, G.R.: NO 156882 / logbook best evoked

Route: Car park - Sron Dubh - Sron nan Gabhar - Creag nan Gabhar - track near Moine Bhealaich Bhuidhe - Lochcallater Lodge - start via Glen Callater, eventually rejoining outward route.
Terrain: Good tracks and wide paths to summit area, then pathless to bealach to southeast. Short section of track then faint path (hard to spot) to loch, then excellent track for return along the glen.
Wildlife today: Hundreds (really) of grouse; horses by the lodge, sheep.
Weather today: Sunny and warm for the time of year, but wind being funnelled though the glen.

[Creag na Dearcaige from Glen Callater]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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