Well of Lecht Mine

I’m forever spending too much of my life on Instagram looking at all these great photographers visiting these amazing places in Scotland, and that’s exactly what I was doing one night a couple weekends ago when we were up in Fochabers at the caravan when I spotted someone paying a visit to the Well of Lecht Mine, and it looked awesome just nestled in the hills!

We were heading back down to Aberdeen on the Sunday, and I wanted to take a swing past Craigellachie Bridge, so I managed to persuade Emma to then carry on down those really long “tourist routes” home so we could head past Lecht and check out the mine.

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Glen Clova

A Monday holiday and the sun was shining, that only meant one thing… it was time to go explore!

We headed south of Aberdeenshire en route to Glen Clova which is one of the six Angus glens, and we had the intention of heading to the north of the glen to check out Loch Brandy.

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Loch Muick

We had literally been trying to get to Loch Muick for three months, but due to work, weather and a bunch of other things, we never got the chance. So with the end of summer pretty much upon us, we decided to try and get out there!

From Aberdeen, getting to Glen Muick is about a 1.5 hour journey, mainly because of the country roads, and then the 7 mile long single lane road which is basically a disaster waiting to happen when there’s a car coming the other way. Sadly, you have to navigate this road to get to the Spittal of Glen Muick car park where you get access to Loch Muick, and the nearby Lochnagar.

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A Walk Up Bennachie

Chances are that if you live in Aberdeen or the surrounding Aberdeenshire, then you’ve walked up Bennachie at least once in your life, whether it be on a school trip, with friends or family, or on a Sunday afternoon when you’re trying to rid your hangover from Saturday night.
Bennachie is essentially a range of hills in Aberdeenshire, with several peaks, the highest being Oxen Craig which stands at a height of 1733ft, however, Mither Tap is the most popular due to it being the most visible, and stands at a height of 1699ft. The peaks of Bennachie are not relatively high compared to other peaks within Scotland, but the mountain is very prominent due to it’s isolation and relative flatness of the surrounding areas. It can be seen from miles and miles around, even from my living room window!
Anyway, starting at the Bennachie Centre Car Park, we made our way through the lower forest section of the Mither Tap trail, until we reached around the half way point where the trees clear, and the steep stone steps begin. Whether you’re going up or down this trail, it’s a certain ankle killer, and even worse on a wet day. I certainly didn’t remember it being as steep as it was, but maybe I just wasn’t as fit as I was when I last walked the trail.
Mither Tap has an Iron Age fort on it’s summit, which is a nice treat upon reaching the top. We had just enough time to grab some lunch, take in the surrounding views, and be back on our way down before the rain came in.