Distant views of Scotland's second highest point don't generally grab the attention, its domed peak and curving flanks not promising a lot by way of scenery. But make the effort (a long walk-in from any angle) and you'll discover the hidden depths of this massive sprawling mountain. Crag-walled corries and beautiful high lochans; rolling plateaux crusty with late-lying snow; lower glens green with native Scots pine woods; a wild, spacious, big-country feel - this classic circuit from Deeside has the lot. There are bothies if you want to take two days over it, but anyone spending the night on the hill should beware the Big Grey Man.
Pass the Hutchison Memorial Hut (small, but recently upgraded) and follow the south bank of the foaming burn, climbing steadily to the right of the steep buttresses of Creagan a' Choire Etchachan to reach a path junction by the shore of Loch Etchachan. This is the highest loch of its size in Britain - higher than quite a few Munro summits - yet such is the scale of Ben Macdui that its summit is still a long way off.
- Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh Jul/2014
- Hallin Fell Jun/2014
- Blencathra via Sharp Edge and Bannerdale Crags East Ridge May/2014
- Broad Law and White Coomb May/2014
- Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean Apr/2014
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