Walk: Morrone - Braemar's Big Nose

Aberdeenshire | Braemar | Half day walk | ★★★

[View back to Morrone from the descent track]

Morrone (Big Nose or similar) is one of Braemar's local hills: high enough to make a satisfying half-day ascent but too low to make it into the Cairngorms big league. There's no mistaking when you've reached the top, with an ugly radio mast spoiling the summit. Despite this and the fairly undistinguished slopes on the ascent, views into wilder terrain from here are superb, with Lochnagar and the Cairngorms plateau the stars of the show. You can follow the track used to construct the mast on descent to make a circuit, returning by an old military road along the burbling Clunie Water.

[Glen Ey stretching away into the clouds to the southwest, seen from the summit]

📌 Walk: Morrone - Braemar's Big Nose ★★★
Start / finish at the duck pond car park, Chapel Brae, 15-min walk west of Braemar village centre, G.R.: NO 143911 ///lamps.tent.tabs. Alternative start point in the village centre.

▶ 12 km / 7 mi | ▲ 650 m | ⌚ Half a day | Tough
Summits: Morrone (859 m, Corbett) | Features: Braemar duck pond; Clunie Water; Braemar
Terrain: Unrelenting, fairly steep but well-made path for ascent. Track on descent, minor road return (track alternative for one short section).

Route & map

Car park - Tomintoul viewpoint - Morrone - 824 m spot height - descend near Coldrach Burn - minor road along Clunie Water - Braemar - start.

Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Roe deer near Braemar, lots of mallard ducks at the pond and on the Clunie Water, dippers on the river.
Weather: Hazy sunshine with interesting cloud formations shrouding some of the higher summits; temperature in single figures, breezy at the top.

Also on this walk

>> Braemar ★★

[The ascent path offers good views back over Braemar and upper Deeside]

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