Walk: Clachnaben rocks!

Aberdeenshire | Glen Dye | Half day walk | ★★★

[Clachnaben]

Clachnaben (Rock of the Hill) is second only to Bennachie as Aberdeen's most interesting nearby hill. The huge granite tor decorating the summit is so distinctive that ships in the North Sea once used it along with Bennachie to take bearings. The tor is popular with rock climbers, but you can creep around the back to avoid resorting to hands. The easiest (and probably most scenic) approach path is up Glen Dye from a car park on the Cairn o' Mount road. Taken on a rather murky day, our photos don't really do the excellent views justice.

[Mount Shade seen from near the summit]

📌 Walk: Clachnaben rocks! ★★★
Start / finish at car park on the B974 5 mi south of Strachan, G.R.: NO 649869 ///slipping.pursue.weekends

▶ 9 km / 6 mi | ▲ 510 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Summits: Clachnaben (589 m)
Terrain: Good paths (track for middle section), though rougher for return route option.

Route & map

Car park - Miller's Bog - Black Hillocks - Clachnaben by main path - Black Hillocks via Slack of Dye - return to start by outward route


Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep and small birds.
Weather: Cloudy but dry with fairly light winds.

[View of the summit tor from Miller's Bog]

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