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TGOC 2015: Diary notes #3 S. Shiel Ridge to Great Glen Hostel

Sunday 10th May South Shiel Ridge (note1: click on a picture to enlarge it  … Push and pull the map in the window below to see the route (days 1-4) in blue. The route walked was slightly different from the plan!  The first two days were so good, could I expect more of the same? …

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TGOC 2015: Diary notes #2 Glenelg to S. Shiel Ridge

Friday 8th May Glenelg and Beinn Sgritheall (note1: click on a picture to enlarge it  … Push and pull the map in the window below to see the route (days 1-4)in blue.  01-04route actual.html Our landlady puts the TGOC ‘sign-out sheet’ in her porch on Thursday night. There are 3 other TGOers at the breakfast …

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Ballochan, Glen Dye, Fetteresso Forest to Dunnottar Castle & Stonehaven

I left Tony and Jackie tucked up in their tent and worked my way across to the track up White Hill on the other side of the valley. Birse Castle and Ballochan from White Hill From now on the mountains are behind me. I move eastwards trying to keep to the relatively high ground of the hills …

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Braemar / Ballater to Ballochan

Someone calls Ballater their ‘secret weapon’ for the TGO. I’m not sure why, but it does seem counter-intuitive to head this way when wilder scenery of Lochnagar beckons to the south east. It is a pleasant town with a range of restaurants and other facilities and a campsite right by the centre. The route from Braemar is straight …

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Drake’s Bothy to Derry Lodge via Glen Einich, Braeriach and Cairn Toul, and Corrour Bothy

The small clearing by Drakes Bothy is a good camp spot and a nice place to start the day. I woke with blue skies which soon turned to grey – the tops, initially clear, became cloaked in cloud. Tops soon became cloaked in cloud On the path soon after 7am, I guessed I was around …

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