I just couldn’t resist! When I saw last night that there was a little pimple of a Marilyn that sits just off the road in Ballater, by the name of Craigendarroch, I had a vague thought that maybe I could visit it on my way over to Montrose, and that’s exactly what I did.
There are paths which lead to its summit, but for my ascent I took a direct line through the pleasant woodland. Not fancying the same route for my descent (it having been so steep in places that I could reach out and touch the ground ahead of me), a slightly more gentle route, down a well-trodden line, was taken.
No clever measuring device was carried, so my best estimate from measuring on the map is that the outing came in at 0.9 of a mile, with 600’ of up, taking smack on half an hour. I might have lingered a few minutes on the top, except that my arrival was timed perfectly to coincide with a passing shower. A shame, as two thirds of the outing was done under fine skies.
Not only did I not think to take my Garmin Gadget, but I also omitted to take a camera. Thank goodness for multi-purpose devices - here are a couple of snaps taken with my phone*:
(*My proper, modern phone that is, so hopefully better quality than the last few which I’ve posted from my old (but trusty) Blackberry.)