Craigendarroch, Aberdeenshire. Section 21A.
Height – 402 metres. Map – OS Landranger 37 or 44.
Climbed - 22 January 2011. Time taken – 50 minutes.
Distance – 2.5 kilometres. Ascent – 195 metres.
Trip Report Details:
Craigendarroch is located between the village of Ballater and the Pass of Ballater. I have driven through the village and along its bypass on numerous occasions over the years but wasn’t aware this hillock was a Marilyn or even of its name. Climbing it doesn’t justify a specific journey unless you are staying locally, or in my case returning from other hills.
I parked in the village and located the street Craigendarroch Walk with its signposted route to the hill. An alternative circular walk was also indicated. A few metres along this road the marked route led through a gate and into oak woodland.
Here I took the left path which gradually gained a little height as it made its way round the hill in a clockwise direction. At a junction of paths I took the uphill route which continued through the oak trees. Higher up the gradient increased and the oaks were replaced by Scots Pine and Silver Birch. It is obviously a popular hill with the locals as on arriving at the large cairn and summit indicator there were quite a few folks around, including some children.
I took a few photographs before returning to Ballater by the upward route.
Photos taken on walk.