Loch Muick, Broad Cairn and Lochnagar
Updated: Feb 10
This route had been on my tick list for a while. It's a high mountain route, taking in two Munros, with a three sections of hike a bike. The views east toward the sea, north west to the Cairngorms and south to the Angus Glens are well worth it. But be prepared.
Start from the fantastic facilities at the Loch Muick car park, and head south on the eastern side of the Loch. You have a route choice here; the climb up the zig-zag track halfway along the loch, or the single track climb at the far end of the loch. I went for the single track to avoid a head wind on the top. This was a hike-a-bike for me today, but a rideable if you were going for it.
The beauty of this route is that the landscape opens up as you progress. From the lochside the view of the glen expands, then further on you can see south in to the Creag an Dubh Loch, then you can look into Glens Glova, Prosen and Isla from Broad Cairn.
From Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch most of the climbing is done, but there is still some tricky boulder hopping to do, particularly if you want to reach the summit of Lochnagar. Fantastic views and a challenging descent rounded off a classic mountain day out.