Route: This route starts from Spittal of Glenmuick NO307851; there are alternatives.
On a previous occasion
I was less tired and included all the Tops round to Broad Cairn as well.
I took a different route to Little Pap which was slightly faster but not as pleasant as that here.
Note that one may return along either the north shore of Loch Muick or its southern shore.
The former is a bit dull but shorter, easier and faster, whereas the latter involves an extra 40m rise
to the track at the bridge half way along the loch.
In the descriptions below, "speed bumps" refers to the unnecessary stones across constructed paths which are deliberately raised to stop mountain bikes. I've hardly ever seen bikes on mountains. They are not a problem, but the bumps cause considerable extra effort to walkers, damage to joints, and stop less abled people from coming into the hills. If they really are necessary to channel water off the path (the majority are not) then they should be flush with the path surface. Everyone walks round them when possible, thereby completely undermining the purpose of constructing the path in the first place.
Weather: Snow/sleet/hail showers throughout the day, some sunny intervals, cloud mostly above tops – only in cloud at 15:30.
|0930+||Park at Spittal of Glenmuick, NO307851||410||0||0.0 miles||NO31098515|
|Track SW to Visitor Centre, then
NW to Allt-ha-giubhsaich, then track
W/N to cairn at path end
|—||Optional detour to C Conachcraig
and back to track at bealach.
|11.20||Path W to col NO259858, then
path N to T Meikle Pap
|Return S to main path at col||915||NO26018577|
|11.50||Excellent path (i.e. no speed bumps)
SW/SSE to T Cuidhe Crom
|SE over large boulders to col (no path)||935||NO26358450|
|12.10||SE to T Little Pap||956||800||5.4 miles||NO26518442|
|Return NW to col||935||NO26358450|
|12.25||NW over rocks back to T Cuidhe Crom||1083||950||5.85 miles||NO26018492|
|13.00||NW to path, then W/NW to Cac Carn Mor||1150||1070||6.9 miles||NO24538570|
|13.10||N to M Cac Carn Beag||1155||1085||7.2 miles||NO24378613|
|13.35||Typical minor path NW/N down to bealach||905||NO24178684|
|13.45||N to T Meall Coire na Saobhaidhe||974||1170||8.1 miles||NO24268731|
|13.55||Return S to bealach||905||NO24178684|
|14.35||S/SE back to M Cac Carn Beag||1155||1420||9.0 miles||NO24378613|
|14.45||Main path S back to Cac Carn Mor||1150||1445||9.3 miles||NO24538570|
|Main path SW to bealach||1035||9.75 miles||NO24058517|
|15.20||Path W to highest pt, then cross
plateau N to The Stuic for view
|S back over plateau to path at col||1085||NO22718492|
|15.30||S to M Carn a'Coire Boidheach (boring!)||1110||1535||11.1 miles||NO22698456|
|16.00||Cross country without path ENE/SE to
T Creag a'Ghlas-uillt (boring!)
|16.10||Easy terrain SW without path to
T White Mounth (boring!)
|17.00||Descend ridge SE to valley path, 100yds before
stream from L.Buidhe (Better to head SW from
ridge above L.Buidhe & join path earlier.)
|17.25||Excellent path – v. few speed bumps –
Dubh to Loch Muick at Allt an Dubh-loch bridge
|EITHER Poor path round S shore of L.Muick
to bay where track descends
|19.00||Ascend S to track, then track NE above
Loch Muick back to car park
|—||OR Track along N shore of L.Muick to
boat house at end of loch
|—||Track over Loch Muick outlet back to car park||410||1600||19.0 miles||NO31098515|