Four Seasons In One Day
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May 3rd, 2009 – by: tommylennie
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.
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.
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