distinctive munro sits off on the north eastern edge of the
Cairngorms and is well worth the visit as from the bottom up
there is some spectacular scenery. In particular Lochan Uaine
(the Green Loch), is gorgeous, with strange green water ......
hence the name.
the walk does take longer than others in the area, the going
is easy with gentle slopes and a there is good path all the
way to the final short, steep push to the summit. I met surprisingly
few other walkers on the hill in comparison with the masses
crawling all over Cairngorm.... but I suppose Bynack More doesn't
offer a chairlift to the top.
you feel the need, a mountain bike could be used quite effectively
to get all the way to Bynack Stables and maybe a bit further
if you're feeling brave.
must mention David Dean proprietor of the Lazyduck
hostel in Nethybridge. I met him just as I revved up for
my final push to the summit and he assured me that his bunkhouse
is ideally suited to hillwalkers who have lost the will to tough
it out in a tent.
This walk starts at the small parking area just past Glenmore
Lodge. From here it's a great wander along the forest pathway
to the Green Loch.
Lochan Uaine continue along the pathway NE for a 400m, then
at the junction take the path to the east and after just
under 2km you will reach Bynack Stables (GR021105). It should
be possible to get this far on a mountain bike. Bynack Stables
sounds quite grand in a modest kind of way..... but the
name is more than adequate, as all that's on offer here
is a dodgy corrugated shack.
the river and follow the path SE and then south up the gentle
ridge. From the end of main path (GR042073) it's a steep slog
1km up to the summit. The final stint to the summit looks
like a short romp to the top, but be prepared for a more physical
summit of Bynack More (1090m, GR042063) is boulder strewn
and strangely desolate with the Barns of Bynack granite tors
close at hand. It also provides a unique perspective on Cairngorm
taking in the craggy sides of Strath Nethy.
the summit it's a straight forward "retrace your footsteps"
to get back. I dont recommend the route over Bynack Beg then
down to the track that runs along Strath Nethy, as it gets
really boggy for the second half to Bynack Stables.
is a great walk that provides a sensible day in the Cairngorms
without going crazy. The path is good, the slopes are gentle
(most of it is anyway) and it's much more quiet than it's slightly
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