Four Seasons In One Day

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The intrepid explorers
After travelling quite extensively around Europe, I finally found the time to explore what lies in my own backyard. Scotland is famed for its stunning scenery and our expedition would take us along a fantastic 22 mile route. Our group consisted of fellow workmates, all with varying experience when it comes to hiking. There wasn't a great deal of steep slopes, but enough ups and down to make for a strenuous day.

Our bus from Aberdeen arrived at Tomintoul at around 9am and we embarked on the first leg of the hike. We followed the River Avon for quite a few kilometres and the heat bore down on us despite it still being fairly early. However, in typical Scottish fashion, the weather changed so quickly and we found ourselves being lashed with heavy rain and strong winds.
River Avon
Luckily this subsided and we were able to have lunch in the sun.

After reaching Inchory, we made our way through Glen Builg and past the eastern shores of Loch Builg. The loch was spectacular, especially the little sandy beach on the shore. From there we made our way up a steep slope to the summit of Bealach Dearg, where the views were spectacular. The weather began to close in once more and we made our final descent, before stopping off at a little bothy to get some shelter from the rain which had began again. A little sandwich and lucozade break later and we headed out again as the sun decided to show face.

The final leg of the hike took us through some woodland, whilst a few of us in the group concluded an epic game of I-spy. After about 8 hours walking, we finally reached the car park at Braemar and a much needed rest! Shortly after, we were on the bus home to Aberdeen, where I must have slept for three quarters of the journey. Luckily for the intrepid explorers, we were all on holiday the next day, so we could rest our weary legs.
iodized_96 says:
Nice blog and pics Tommy. It must have been really exhausting and tiring walking for about 8 hrs. :)
Posted on: Jul 20, 2009
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The intrepid explorers
The intrepid explorers
River Avon
River Avon
River Avon
River Avon
River Avon
River Avon
Tricky crossing
Tricky crossing
Another stream
Another stream
Our route
Our route
Stepping stones
Stepping stones
Stepping stones
Stepping stones
Team work
Team work
Stepping stones
Stepping stones
The intrepid explorers
The intrepid explorers
Beautiful Scotland
Beautiful Scotland
We were lagging begind
We were lagging begind
Loch Builg
Loch Builg
Loch Builg
Loch Builg
Loch Builg
Loch Builg
Loch Builg
Loch Builg
Gateway to the Cairngorms
Gateway to the Cairngorms
Gateway to the Cairngorms
Gateway to the Cairngorms
Refuelling stop
Refuelling stop
Gateway to the Cairngorms
Gateway to the Cairngorms
Gateway to the Cairngorms
Gateway to the Cairngorms
Gateway to the Cairngorms
Gateway to the Cairngorms
Spectacular views
Spectacular views
Spectacular views
Spectacular views
Spectacular views
Spectacular views
Pitstop
Pitstop
Spectacular views
Spectacular views
On the descent
On the descent
The bothy
The bothy
The girls
The girls
The lads
The lads
Inside the bothy
Inside the bothy
On the descent
On the descent
On the descent
On the descent
Sleeping already
Sleeping already
River Avon
River Avon
River Avon
River Avon
River Avon
River Avon
Spectacular views
Spectacular views
River Avon
River Avon
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