Sunday 7th April 2013

Finalty Hill (905m)

Distance 17km Ascent 620m OS Map 43+44

Finalty Hill lies in upper Glen Isla, forming the southern flank of Canness Glen. Its ascent is part on track and part on rough sheep path, and the walk continues along the heights of the plateau separating Glen Isla from Glen Doll. The views of the Glen Shee Munros Glas Maol and Creag Leacach are magnificent, as is the close-up view of Mayar any keen bagger may easily be able to summit it from this unusual angle.

The walk starts at the car park at Auchavan (GR NO 191696) and heads up the track to Tulchan Lodge where we take the track then rough path up Finalty Hill (GR NO 212750). From here we continue to Dun Hillocks before navigating across the high moor offpath towards Mayar. Dropping south along a fenceline, we climb Bawhelps at the head of Glen Prosen before easing back on to track to Mid Hill and the descent down to Auchavan. The walk can be easily shortened by descending directly back to the Glen Isla from Finalty Hill.

Total Time: Approx. 6-7hrs, depending on the state of the high moor.

Note: This walk has sections over open moorland, often rough and boggy and requires a reasonable level of fitness and stamina. If conditions are snowy or icy, a different walk will be offered.

Meet at Culter Village Hall at 7:30am, return around 6-7 pm. Transport by shared cars (contribution to the drivers, offers to drive welcome) and refreshments at Kirkton of Glenisla Hotel afterwards if time allows (TBC). Contact Catherine Lacy Tel: 01224-733710. Closing date Wednesday 3rd April 2013.

Walkers must wear walking boots (gaiters also recommended), carry WARM and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves and take plenty of food and liquids. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL. Be prepared for possible wintry conditions on the top, whatever the forecast.

Culter hillwalking club has no members who are qualified leaders or instructors. Therefore anyone volunteering to assist the club on a meet cannot be held responsible for other members' welfare. Members must be aware they are solely responsible for themselves at all times Hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury and death. Those participating in these activities should be aware of the risks and accept the responsibility for their own actions and involvement. No responsibility can be accepted by Culter Hillwalking club committee, members, guests or co-ordinators of walks for any mishap, which may occur, during a meet. Dog owners must ensure that their dogs are on a short lead at all times.

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