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Lochnagar (1155 m / 3789 ft), Grampian Mountains, Scotland



This is a rather different "walking story" - actually a frenetic 5 hours of dashing up the 20th highest peak of the Scottish Highlands in the mist and rain, without a compass, taking in 4 other munros, then dashing back to Glen Muick - all after a day's work!

Not recommended for the average hillwalker, but on a fine day with time to spare, it presents a rewarding hike!

It's not unusual to encounter a fell runner these days, when out for a leisurely hillwalk - this is an insight into the mind of one such individual!  And he's clearly one of that breed, a munro-bagger!

(There are no photos, but when you read the story you'll understand why not!)


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Contributed by:  Paul Fisher (the first of many, we hope!)


Key Facts

Location Near Ballater, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
When it was walked 9 August 2005
Walk type High hills and mountains
Difficulty Requires mountaineering skills and lots of stamina
Distance approx Lochnagar is about 18 km there and back from car park in Glen Muick
Height climbed approx 800m for Lochnagar alone
Time taken approx normally over 5 hrs for Lochnagar ascent & descent - this run took in 4 other munros!
Map used if any Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 sheet no 44 - Ballater
Source of info on walk Covered in many Scottish walking books
Getting there Car from Deeside road (A93) up Glen Muick
Places to stay In Ballater and other locations on Deeside
Places to eat/ buy food In Ballater and other locations on Deeside
Any other local attractions or facilities Close to Balmoral Castle