‘Mountain Days and Bothy Nights’ even devoted a chapter to that most prized of hill dwellings, the Secret Howff of Beinn a’Bhuird. Yet the bothy, once a shepherd's shelter, is also a part of mountain history and has saved lives in foul weather. There is one river crossing which would be impossible in spate and requires a wade at most times. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Autumnal Colours, Ben Wyvis . This years Overnighter was a pilgrimage to the site of this event, with a bivvy under the Stone a must for some (but not others!! The bothy is very comfortable, with bunk beds in a separate dormitory, as well as sleeping platforms in the two communal rooms. They found the perfect spot and, during the autumn and winter of 1952 and the spring of 1953, built Slugain Howff using local stone. Derry Dam. Please let us know by clicking here. Difficult. Brebner re-visited the howff in the 1980s during a family Christmas in Braemar then again in 2003 – the 50th anniversary of its construction – when he fitted a small brass plaque dedicated to the howff’s four founders without whom this remote refuge would never have existed. 11 - 12 August, 2012. Ben Avon and Beinn a’ Bhuird. Corrour Bothy. Following the main track, continue up the glen. Ignore the path off right towards the Linn of Quoich, and then turn right onto the main track to begin the long walk in up Glen Quoich. Goat Fell and Cir Mhor, Arran . The building appears on the Ordnance Survey one-inch to the mile first edition map of 1870 and on Bartholomew’s half-inch to the mile map, published in 1902. After a few kilometres the Linn of Quoich alternative start soon joins in from a footbridge on the right. Beinn a Bhuird was among their favourite stomping grounds. The article states you would have to climb the 11th highest mountain in the UK, Beinn a’Bhuird, but there is much more than just one mountain to climb. A low wooden door affords access to the cosy inner chamber, equipped with a couple of seats and a wooden floor with space for three or four to roll out sleeping bags. Ben Alder Cottage Bothy . Intermediate. Good tracks for the approach to the stony plateau. From summit, nip over Beinn a'Bhuird then drop down to Faindouran for the night. Ascending the side of Carn Fiaclach Beinn a’ Bhuird has been on my to-do list for a while now. ). Beinn a'Bhuird South Top is a summit in the region or range in Scotland. Six Club members from Aberdeen and one who’d travelled up by car overnight from London gathered at Keiloch Sawmill on the morning of Sat 11th August 2012 for a Day Meet to Bens Avon and Bhuird. 1,196 metros ibabaw sa dagat kahaboga ang nahimutangan sa Beinn a' Bhuird, o 453 ka metros sa ibabaw sa naglibot nga tereyn.Mga 8.4 ka kilometro ang gilapdon sa tiilan niini. Lin O'Dee – Beinn a'Bhuird Descent Loop from Little Inverey. From Linn of Quoich, round of Beinn a'Bhuird (four Munro tops), Beinn a'Chaorainn (both tops) and Beinn Bhreac (both tops) kdbennett: 03/09/2016: Cycled from Linn of Dee to Derry Lodge than an anti-clockwise circuit of Beinn Bhreac & Beinn a'Chaorainn. On own. MorecambeMonkey: 27/08/2016 Beinn a Bhuird & WWII Crash Site. By all means go hunting, but if you do find it, whatever you do keep it under your hat. Beinn a'Bhuird is the eleventh highest mountain in Britain, a vast high plateau in the eastern Cairngorms. Acquiring a grid reference either online or from another source robs those seeking the secret howff of the thrill of the chase, the chance to explore this beautiful glen, scour the slopes and ultimately bask in the satisfaction of finding it for themselves. Along with its neighbour Ben Avon these two behemoths dominate the eastern skyline of Glenlivet, their blocky tors distinctive against the Aberdeenshire sky. As a result, Slugain Howff, which today enjoys the blessing of the estate, remains the only shelter in the upper part of the glen and despite its ‘secret’ status, its bothy book reveals a steady stream of visitors, a well-worn path leading there through the heather. Continue up the ridge - this section above the saddle of An Diollaid was once one of the worst parts of the scar, though the exposed location means it is taking longer for the vegetation to recolonise. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Please consider setting up a direct debit donation to help support the continued maintenance and updates to Walkhighlands. The summit area can be difficult to navigate and is extremely exposed in bad weather. It is not marked on any maps but the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger sheet gives perhaps one of the best clues to the bothy’s location. Sgurr Mor, Fannaichs . using a map and compass. 125th Anniversary Overnighter to the Shelter Stone 23 - 24 June, 2012: 2012 is the 125 th Anniversary of the founding of the Cairngorm Club, at the Shelter Stone at the head on Loch Avon in the centre of the Cairngorms.. After an early and brief lunch below the summit we set off. Timber, cement and corrugated iron were lugged up the valley on their backs, sneaked past Invercauld House under cover of darkness. A low wooden door affords access to the cosy inner chamber, equipped with a couple of seats and a wooden floor with space for three or four to roll out sleeping bags. Having switched days from Saturday to Sunday due to the forecast extreme gale force conditions, a total of 8 of us gathered in Keiloch car park for an early start. Finding it is not as difficult as one might imagine. ( Log Out /  A simple stone building in the Lairig Ghru, at the point below Cairn Toul, used as a Mountain Refuge. Does your firm want to sponsor this route. Have you found an error or is any information wrong or missing? Climbing the slopes of Beinn Bhreac looking south A hazy Ben a’Ghlo in the distance Beinn Mheadhoin form between Beinn Bhreacs 2 tops Approaching the summit of Beinn Bhreac Once on top the view to the hills ahead revealed itself with the legendary boggy Moine Bhealaidh between us and it. 05:00. ( Log Out /  https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/beinn-a-bhuird.shtml There is some regeneration in the lower glen but higher up regeneration is still poor. Open start point in Google Maps for directions. Known as the Sneck, this bealach at over 970 metres is the high level link between Ben Avon and neighbouring Beinn a'Bhuird, enabling both to be climbed the same day by the very fit; there is a small hummock in the centre of the bealach that almost makes it a double pass. The estate itself had, over the years, two shooting lodges in the area. It had to be for it was built without permission of the landowner, a stealthy structure that, for this reason, became known as the secret howff. In whispering tones, men of the mountains refer to it simply as the ‘secret howff’ and those who know where it lurks swear an unwritten oath not to divulge the truth. Finally, returning by the same outward route with its easy going underfoot is the option taken by most walkers, and the fine pinewoods of Glen Quoich make this just as enjoyable as the ascent - it is the route we recommend. Beinn a' Bhuird [Beinn a' Bhuird North Top] Hill number: 529: Height: 1197m / 3927ft: RHB Section: 08B: Cairngorms: County/UA: Moray (UA), Aberdeenshire (UA) Region test: HE03 Bhuird-avon: Catchment: Catchment Boundaries, Dee (Aberdeen), Spey: Watershed: Mull of Kintyre to Rattray Head, Aberdeen Bay: Class: Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, Murdo, Yeaman (Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,M,Mur,Y) Beinn a Bhuird, the great glycogen depleter Today Paul West Watson and I opted for Mountain biking and were planning to boulder a bit afterwards at the Luath stone, an area developed by Stuart Stronach, Tim Rankin & co. as far as I now. From there, he traversed through to the Glen More Hayfield via Ben Avon, Beinn a Bhuird North Top and Faindouran Bothy. The route now continues as a path climbing up above the woods and then across the hillside above. ‘What I hadn’t fully realised was that finding the Secret Howff had become something of a Holy Grail for some of the present generation of walkers, skiers and climbers,’ he wrote. Even this route is a long walk. Beinn a' Chuallaich is a large upland mass in the Central Highlands of Scotland, near the village of Kinloch Rannoch. 47.6 km. Soon the track now ends - the section of track from here to Beinn a'Bhuird was once one of the ugliest scars in the Highlands - a bull-dozed route visible for many miles around. This trail is unsanctioned, use at your own risk! Change ), Strathpeffer Sculptures – Secret Scotland. Otherwise you can either follow the plateau edge towards where it narrows to a point, or take a more direct line to regain the edge above Coire nan Clach. The most recent was Slugain Lodge which maps suggest was built in the early years of the 1900s. Excellent navigation is needed here if the weather is poor, but in good conditions you can venture to the edge of the plateau and look down into dramatic Coire an Dubh-Lochain, with its perfect lochan and the sculptured crags of Bloodhound Buttress. The slopes soon broaden out and the gradient eases; there are great views across to the main Cairngorms, with the tors of Beinn Mheadhoin prominent. Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye . Gaining ground in the beautiful Strath Tummel, this Beinn is adjacent to the Schiehallion in the south and to the north rises from Glen Errochty. The view north into the wild Slochd Mor is dramatic, particularly looking to the left into the great climbers' corrie of the Garbh Coire. Glas-Allt-Shiel bothy Loop from Crathie. Even in summer this requires a paddle, and it would be quite impossible to cross in high spate - if the water level is high and fast then discretion is the better part of valour. It sounds a long way, and it is, but so is the length of Graeme’s stride. The settled weather and a Saturday start provided an opportunity to bivvy on the hill and five lay down for the night high on Ben Avon above the … The reputation of the howff is such that I knew of its existence long before I knew even of its approximate location. Looking West from A'Mhaighdean . Grassy Single Track – Glas-Allt-Shiel bothy Loop from Clova. ... Ben Alder Cottage Bothy. It is understood, however, that the cottage burned down at some point during the 1940s. Continue along the glen with Beinn a'Bhuird's huge bulk coming into view ahead on the right as the track curves round and passes below a plantation. Ranked 32nd out of 221 Corbetts, 5th in Perthshire. The shortest approach is up Glen Quoich and follows a the former line of a bulldozed track - now restored by the NTS - high onto the mountain. Bukid ang Beinn a' Bhuird sa Hiniusang Gingharian. Apart from brief touches of yellow, orange and pink on both evenings plus a patch of blue sky on the second one the dominant colour was green - green woods, green grasses, and green tent. On average it takes 28 minutes to complete this trail. The shelter marked on maps here is just a roofless windbreak. There is a carpark (charge) on the left at the end of the public road towards the Linn of Quoich, 6km further along the road from the Linn of Dee. Walking and climbing drew them to the mountains in the summer but it was the winter ski-ing, then in its infancy in Scotland, that was to consume them. Everyone else disembarked at Linn of Dee and made a quick dash to the port-a-loos. ( Log Out /  During the 1950s and 60s, four friends from Aberdeen – Ashie Brebner, Jim Robertson, Charlie Smith and Doug Mollison – were regular visitors to the Eastern Cairngorms. Some things are too special to share. 59.2 km. Beinn a'Bhuird South Top is 1179 metres high. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Ben Avon and Beinn a’Bhuird are two large Munros which mark the eastern edge of the Cairngorm range, and are accessible from the Braemar/Deeside Road, where the Invercauld Estate has provided a walkers car park, but require £2.50 for a 'pay and display' ticket. Beinn a' Bhuird, Beinn a' Chaorainn and Beinn Bhreac Inspired by Nick Bramhall's blog about a two day journey around the Dubh Gleann Circuit , Wally and I headed up the Quoich on Friday to explore the Beinn a' Bhuird area. There looks to be snow on Ben Macdui – old or new? People are asked to stay at home except for essential purposes. Bear right to head up onto the summit plateau of Beinn a'Bhuird. Following my last monochrome post here are some colour photographs from the walk over Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuird. ( Log Out /  During the summer, the quartet camped in the Fairy Glen, close to the top of Gleann an t-Slugain, but the idea was less appealing in the winter months and, fed up hauling tents and heavy ski equipment into the hills, Brebner and his friends hit upon the idea of building a base. Another option is to head to the south summit and the Bruach Mhor before cutting across the moor to regain the track. It is possible to continue the walk to take in Ben Avon across the bealach of the Sneck; however, returning to the Linn of Quoich would make this a truly epic day requiring excellent fitness. I give it a miss... More coire rim... Then the North Top of Beinn a’ Bhuird... Thrilling. Beinn a’Bhuird (Beinn a’Bhuird North Top) is a summit in the region or range in Scotland. It is called the moss of the bealach in Gaelic and forms a great open expanse of high ground between twin Munros to the west and the long broad slope of Beinn a Bhuird to the east.. Our return journey from the isolated Faindouran bothy near the river Avon in the eastern Cairngorms was proving more demanding than we anticipated. ‘Such an emphasis on the howff being a secret was not part of the intention of its original builders.’. All the walking routes up Beinn a’Bhuird (Beinn a’Bhuird North Top) on Mud and Routes can be found below. A light canter West through mineralised quartzite... ..leads to this pool (NJ078006) ..and further in the same direction an un-named lochan. Everyone else disembarked at Linn of Dee and made a quick dash to the port-a-loos. Despite this, the exact location has yet to be publicly revealed, those who do find the bothy still furtive, faithfully adhering to the mantra of thou shall not tell, or at any rate reveal the grid reference. Carnferg Peak – The Ladder Trail Loop from Dinnet. Features: Linn of Quoich ★★★; Beinn a' Bhuird (1197 m, Munro); Cnap a' Chleirich (1172 m); Ben Avon (1171 m, Munro); Hidden Bothy; Invercauld Monument Terrain: Good tracks make for quick progress through Glen Quoich, then an excellent path - intermittent on the rocky plateau. Click for details, Hear pronunciation Press to hear pronunciation. though you could walk in and camp in the Glen, then head up and over the next day, camp in the fairy glen, then out to Braemar on day 3. However, by 1908 it had been replaced by Slugain Lodge which appears again on the 1947 OS map. Higher up the new path built by NTS leaves the route of the former track completely when it zigzagged sharp left; continue on the fine new path which cuts across the slopes to eventually reach the ridge at An Diollaid. Linn of Quoich car park. From there, he traversed through to the Glen More Hayfield via Ben Avon, Beinn a Bhuird North Top and Faindouran Bothy. Beyond this it crosses a small stream and a tiny path goes off left through the Clais Fhearnaig. Perched atop a bluff of rock and opening out on to a flat grassy plateau of grass, the bothy is built of stone topped with wooden rafters and corrugated metal (renewed in 2017). The south summit can be reached by a detour of about 700 metres from this point. On paper, it hides in plain sight. On the far side keep on the main track, heading into the pinewoods below Carn Allt na Beine. Information is provided free of charge; it is each walker's responsibility to check it and navigate Difficult. There is no stove or fireplace. There are many magnificent old Scots pine trees in Glen Quoich, which must rank as amongst the most attractive in the Cairngorms. The secret of Slugain Howff stems from its inception, in an era when men and women were increasingly looking to the hills and glens for their weekend recreation. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Ciach Lodge was built at some point during the 19th century and may have been located on the site of an older croft. Offbeat Attractions, Quirky Curiosities, Hidden Gems. Long walk back to your bikes is the only downside. In reality, the secret howff is now anything but secret, thanks largely to the internet and its uncanny knack of encouraging people to share their information and experiences. It sounds a long way, and it is, but so is the length of Graeme’s stride. Beinn a'Bhuird DH is a 5 km popular red singletrack trail located near Braemar. Descent into and ascent out of The Sneck is steep and a bit loose. It replaced Ciach Lodge, located a little further up the glen. Squareface, Beinn a'Bhuird . Dawn over the Fisherfield Forest . All the walking routes up Beinn Continue on the track to reach the Allt an Dubh-Ghleann. The quickest start is to head towards the bridge and almost immediately take the clear path turning sharply left and doubling back to climb up above the carpark into the old pinewoods. The internet proffers many clues but spending too long sifting through online forums, walk reports, aerial images and photographs can, if anything, muddy the waters. Curiously, the howff’s creators had not set out to conceal its location from other walkers and climbers as one of its builders, Ashie Brebner, revealed in his book Beyond the Secret Howff. Bacon butties in "The Bothy" in Braemar will then be well deserved and recommended! Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Scotland is under national lockdown. Open start point in Google Maps for directions. Chris, Sandy, Bob, Gillie, Ruth, Steve, Graham N and Jeff left the car park on our bikes to head off up the Slugain to start our mission. 24.5 km. This mountain bike primary trail can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. However in recent years the National Trust for Scotland has done a fantastic job in beginning the restoration of the landscape and has helped the old track be recovered with heather. Beinn a’Bhuird (Beinn a’Bhuird North Top) is 1197 metres high. There are numerous online posts about the refuge, the search for it and the excitement of ultimately finding it, plus photographs and videos showing the place in all its glory. The new bothy was well concealed. Mountaineering, Landscape and Wildlife photography and guiding in the Arctic, Antarctic and Scotland. Walking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk. 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