There are a few ways to approach the summit of Scotland's second highest mountain, Ben Macdui. The walk from Linn o' Dee, near Braemar, was recently voted as one of the best in Britain. I also like to approach from the Aviemore side, starting at the ski centre gives more time to explore the vast plateau of the Cairngorms.
Either way you go, if you look closely, you'll be sure to see some rare wildlife and fascinating mountain flora. The views from the top of Ben Macdui can be vast on a good day. A short walk from the summit and you can peer into the Lairig Ghru and watch the river Dee start it's journey to the sea, passing the door of Corrour Bothy and heading down Glen Dee.
Nothing compares to strolling over a high plateau. As Nan Shepherd said, "these hills hold astonishment for me. There is no getting accustomed to them". This is so true. Anyone that's been on the Cairngorm plateau, the true summit of the hill, knows how it feels to walk up there. On a summer's day you can wander over the soft woolly fringe moss and skip over the slabs of granite, looking down into the lochs and drink the fresh spring water from the burns. In winter, the hills turn to mountains and they can be unforgiving, not a place for the untrained. Even a summer's day can be brutal, so pick your day carefully and know how to navigate if you go alone.
If you'd like to join me on a guided walk of the Cairngorm plateau please get in touch.