SUNDAY 3rd August 2014

A Ben Rinnes to Glenlivet

Distance 15 km. Ascent 680 metres. OS maps 28 and 36

This is a through walk from the Ben Rinnes car park, grid ref. NJ 284359 and finishing at the Glenlivet Community Centre, grid ref. NJ 201296. The walk starts with a moderately steep climb up good track to the summit of Ben Rinnes (840m) then west to the nearby rocky outcrop of Scurran of Morinsh before descending south west across open moorland then a short ascent to Hill of Knocknashaig. The walk continues largely downhill across heather moorland with some boggy patches before joining a good track and eventually the Speyside way. We follow the Speyside Way southwards across Hill of Deskie before descending into Glenlivet and finishing at the Community Centre car park. The route is on good track or path for much of the way but has off path sections across rough / boggy moorland for approx. 5kms. The walk offers fine views across Glenlivet, the surrounding hills and out towards the Moray Firth. Please note that if visibility is poor, the route may be changed to a circular walk in the Ben Rinnes area.

Total Time: Approx. 5 1/2 hrs + breaks.

Note: This walk has sections of moderately steep climbing and some rough terrain off path and requires a moderate level of fitness.

B - Glen Livet to Morinsh

The coach drops us at Allanreid carpark in Glen Livet, and we walk around Cairn Muldonich on good forest tracks which link the 2 glens, plus a side trip to visit a 1594 battle site. The walk finishes at the Croft Inn. 8-10km, 200m undulating ascent, 4 hours. OS36.

Meet at Culter Village Hall at 8:30 am and return around 6:00 pm. Transport by coach. Refreshments after at the Croft Inn, Glenlivet. Contact Geoff Weighill for both walks Tel: 01224-869115 email bookings@culterhillwalking.org.uk. Closing date Wednesday 30th July 2014.

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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