SUNDAY 7th September 2008

Mount Keen (Ballater – Glen Esk)

Distance 12 miles Ascent 920m OS map 44 Ballater

Mount Keen (939m) is the most easterly Munro, and this route uses the old Whisky Road, a route followed by Queen Victoria on her Second Great Expedition. Originally a drove road, it passes Cairn Leuchan before going down to Glen Tanar, then rises over Mt Keen’s shapely cone and drops down the Ladder to Glen Esk.

We start on South Deeside Road, where Queen Victoria bade farewell to the Gordon Highlanders (NO366947), and walk on good track past Glenmuick House and up past Craig Vallich (NO379920). The attractive descent to Glen Tanar is on path and takes us gently down to the new bridge over the Water of Tanar (NO406895). From here, the climb up Mount Keen begins; those unworried by summits may bypass the final stiff pull by strolling south on the original drove road. The 2 routes rejoin (NO405852) and descend down the shoulder known as the Ladder to the Queen’s Well (NO419829), where Victoria and Albert drank not long before his premature death at age 41.
Finally, a straightforward track takes us down Glen Mark to the bus (NO447803).
Estimated time 7.5 – 8 hrs; brisk walking allows a refreshment stop in Edzell.

Walkers must wear walking boots, carry WARM and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves and take plenty food and liquids. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL. Be prepared for possible wintry conditions and snow on the top whatever the forecast. Take Gaiters for the muddy slushy bits.

Meet at Culter Village Hall 7.45 am
Transport by coach/minibus

Bus Fee: £10 Non-members welcome bus fee £12

Tel 01224 734135 or 01224 733710


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