Ben Earb from Spittal of Glenshee

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The highlight of this route is the undulating ridge walk with its amazing views as it heads north-west from An Lairig across Ben Earb and on to Meall a'Choire Bhuidhe. Your route to the ridge begins at the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel (destroyed by fire in summer 2014) and follows part of the waymarked long-distance Cateran Trail. The trail rises quite steeply up the grassy slopes of Coire Lairige (corrie of the pass) to reach the ridge line at An Lairig; at 655m this is the highest point of the Cateran Trail. Here you leave the Cateran and head north-west for a 5km ridge walk over rough, grassy slopes with an old fenceline for company along the entire ridge. A stiff 150m climb up Ben Earb leads to the trig point on the 801m summit, but the effort is rewarded by superb panoramic views across the Glenshee peaks. Unfortunately, you now lose 100m before ascending more gentle slopes to the flat-topped Meall a'Choire Bhuidhe, the high point of the ridge at 868m. Enjoy the great views north to Glas Tulaichean and north-west to Beinn a'Ghlo before backtracking 1km, then descending over pathless, grassy slopes to reach an estate track in Glen Lochsie. The track contours along the glen for 3.5km to return to the Spittal.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Perth and Kinross - Glenshee

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Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Mountains, Pub, Restaurant, Wildlife

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