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After our visit to the Outer Hebrides, we took the ferry from Stornaway to Ullapool, and drove to Ballater in the Scottish Highlands, to meet up with a friend who lives in Aberdeen. We spent the next day hiking a loop in eastern Cairngorms National Park, Aberdeenshire. Fairly decent weather, just a spot of drizzle. The start of our hike was such a gradual uphill that I was astonished to see how high we were as we circled back. Long, long downhill to Loch Muick, where Queen Victoria’s hunting lodge (Glas-allt Shiel) is located, within the boundary of the royal Balmoral Estate. My maternal grandmother was born in Aberdeenshire, so a wee bit of connecting with the landscapes where she grew up before she immigrated to British Columbia as a young adult.
Vista from up on the plateau north of Loch Muick, with a low sky.
Another vista from the plateau to the north of Loch Muick.
One son is a botanist, so I took a few photos of colorful moss? Lichen?… Ack.
Tiny conifers? (I’m hoping someone here knows what these are.)
The trail as we begin to loop back toward the loch follows a stream.
And is ‘cobbled’ in places.
Glimpse of Loch Muick as we begin our descent.
Trail along the stream above Loch Muick.