Walk: Prowling around Creag Choinnich to the Lion's Face

Aberdeenshire | Braemar | Half day walk | ★★★

[The Lion's Face (apparently!]

A short but steep, there-and-back detour to Creag Choinnich is the culmination of this pretty walk around the hill's base. En-route there are plenty of interesting landmarks: the towering rock walls of the Lion's Face (although whoever called it that evidently haven't seen a lion before), and the seemingly out-of-place war trenches dug alongside the A93 on the approach to Braemar Castle - itself worth exploring when open to visitors. And Braemar too: packed with good pubs, gift shops and Highland charm.

[View from Dubh Chlais]

📌 Walk: Prowling around Creag Choinnich to the Lion's Face ★★★
Start / finish at car park on Balnellan Road, Braemar village centre, G.R.: NO 152914 ///cascaded.twin.glad

▶ 7 km / 4 mi | ▲ 440 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Braemar ★★; Lion's Face; WWII trenches; Braemar Castle ★★★; △ Creag Choinnich (538 m)
Terrain: Good paths and (briefly) tracks throughout, steep for the ascent to and descent from Creag Choinnich.

Route & map

Car park & Braemar - Dubh Chlais - Lion's Face - quarry entrance at G.R.: NO 169919 - WWII trenches - Braemar Castle - path junction at G.R.: NO 157914 - Creag Choinnich - start

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Thousands of wood ants and their earthen mounds in the trees, and cuckoos heard at Dubh Chlais. Unidentified large bird of prey circling above the Lion's Face.
Weather: Hot and sunny in Braemar beyond drizzle and low cloud further east - 20°C by the end of the walk. Still plenty of snow on higher hills.

[Fleeting glimpses of Beinn a' Bhuird from the northern part of the circuit]


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