Carol has done lots of Munro’s (95!) and I’ve done about 7 or 8, so it was great to climb a hill with such an experienced Munro climber. She suggested we do Mount Keen, and though it’s a bit far away… up in the Cairngorms, I was up for it.
We met early… Carol drove from Edinburgh, me from Glasgow and we met at Perth park and ride, then I drove the rest of the way.
The description on walk highlands says it can take 5-7 hours… https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/angus/mount-keen.shtml – we managed to do it in just under 5 with a few short breaks and a half hour lunch at the top.
There is a clear path all the way, but the well prepared Carol had detailed instructions as well as a map and compass and a well researched route plotted out in orange on the map.
That preparation and Carol keeping us on track was very comforting to help know that we wouldn’t take a wrong turn. It pays to be prepared, especially if the conditions go bad.
Lucky for us the conditions were ideal, a little cloudy at times, but mostly sunny and warm, with a bit of wind at the top.
We had our lunch in sheltered spot at the top. I had plenty layers including a wind proof layer, hat and buff to keep me warm. And my shorts were fine at the top too (although I had a spare pair of trousers in my bag incase I needed them).
We had some good chats and some good laughs… even Jasper liked Carol until we heard a story from Carol’s childhood that involved a cat and a bin. Don’t ask.
There was a lovely little cottage half way up, and there was also a stone structure / small well , built over the site of a spring where Queen Victoria stopped on one of her pony treks in the Angus glens.
See it here behind me.
It was a good day, and Carol even suggested we stop for an ice cream afterwards.
In a little village called Edzell. The weather was stunning and Carol treated me to a coffee and toffee ice cream.
A great day out and good chat along the way.
Hopefully I’ll get to do some more Munros with Carol and we’ll see when she’ll get to do her 100th Munro too.