Walk: The grouse of Gabhar

Aberdeenshire | Braemar | Full day walk | ★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: The grouse of Gabhar ★★★
Start / finish at car park (monetary "contribution") on A93 near Auchallater Farm, 2 mi south of Braemar, G.R.: NO 156882 ///logbook.best.evoked

▶ 15 km / 9 mi | ▲ 480 m | ⌚ Full day | Moderate
Features: △ Creag nan Gabhar (834 m, Corbett); Loch Callater
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.

Route & map

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.

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: Hundreds (really!) of grouse; horses by the lodge, sheep.
Weather: Sunny and warm for the time of year, but wind being funnelled though the glen.

[Creag na Dearcaige from Glen Callater]


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