Walk: Cairn-mon-earn - slog from the Slug Road

Aberdeenshire | Crathes | Short walk | ★★

[Cairn-mon-earn summit]

The steady slog uphill isn't much to write home about, but Cairn-mon-earn's position above the Slug Pass makes it an excellent vantage point for both the North Sea coastline and lower Deeside. This 378-metre hill's slopes are densely clad in forestry plantations (though some had recently been cut down on our visit), but the trees stop just shy of the cairn and trig pillar, which share the summit with a collection of manmade masts. The ideal objective for a lazy hill-bagger, perhaps?

[Tree felling on the ascent]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Cairn-mon-earn - slog from the Slug Road ★★
Start / finish at car park just off Slug Road (A957), 4 mi southeast of Crathes, G.R.: NH 781909 ///lousy.massive.option

▶ 7 km / 4 mi | ▲ 200 m | ⌚ Short
Features: △ Cairn-mon-earn (378 m, sub-2000')
Moderate | Good tracks, with path for final few hundred metres. Gentle ascent.

Route: Start - summit cairn & trig pillar via tracks around east side of hill - return by outward route

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On our visit

Wildlife: Wood ants, a shrew, a few birds and butterflies.
Weather: Sunny intervals, generally becoming cloudier. Breezy on the summit, temperature in mid teens.

Chronological photo guide

[The ascent makes use of good forestry tracks]

[Tree felling]

[Distant views of Bennachie from the ascent]

[One of the summit masts]

[Deeside from the west summit cairn]

[West summit cairn, looking southeast]

[Looking southwest from the trig pillar]

[Stonehaven & the coast]


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