I ripped my Paramo jacket a few weeks ago and handed it in to Hilltrek in Aboyne for repair. I picked it up yesterday afternoon and, as the sun was shining and I had a couple of hours to spare, I thought that I’d have a wee walk in Glen Tanar.
We don’t live that far from Glen Tanar but I tend to forget about it and head further west to Ballater or Braemar. Apart from a wedding in the big house, the last time I was there was on my first TGO Challenge in 2013 when I walked over the hills from Glen Muick. The is not a route I would recommend unless you are an aficionado of deep and murky peat hags.
That day, I was pretty knackered and I don’t think I really appreciated the lower part of the glen. Glen Tanar is old pine forest – apparently the 3rd largest area in Scotland after Rothiemurchus and Glen Affric. As my time was limited, I stuck to the tracks and did the marked ‘Old Pines’ route – I guess it must have been about 5 miles.
When you walk in the woods, you don’t expect to get expansive and dramatic views. Instead, it’s the details that can be enchanting – old, twisted trees and discovered structures as well as small lochs and river views. There’s also the bonus, apparently, of health benefits from walking in the woods but whether these are any more than the benefits of just taking exercise I’m not sure. Anyway, whatever the benefits, Glen Tanar is delightful.
I’ll let the photos tell the story.
Perhaps rashly, I have committed to giving a talk in June on outdoor photography with an iPhone so all photos today were taken with my iPhone 7, using the Lightroom camera app. I shoot in Camera Raw, so some Lightroom post-processing was needed. Nothing has been added or removed.