Day 4: Creag Choinnich
Thursday 3rd August
Creag Choinnich was used for the Scottish Relay Championships at the popular Jubilee Five multi-day event in 2012 and provided fast orienteering with some steep climbs. Creag Choinnich is described in the walkers’ guide as a “diminutive but beautiful little hill just east of Braemar, clothed in pinewoods.
Its ascent makes a short but very steep walk, which can easily be combined with the Lion's Face walk”. The area has been greatly extended, reaching nearly 690 metres at Carn na Sgliath, defined as a HuMP and a Graham and with superb views from the summit to much higher hills such as Lochnagar and Ben Avon. The new area is mostly very runnable with open moor and mature pine forest covering a steep slope – almost Swiss in feel. The area is immediately adjacent to Braemar, an attractive village well-known for the annual Highland Games attended by the Royal Family. Thanks are extended to the Invercauld Estate for use of this fine area.