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Hill number:1508
Height:402m / 1319ft
RHB Section:21A: Tomintoul to Banff
County/UA:Aberdeenshire (UA)
Catchment:Dee (Aberdeen)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Yeaman
Grid ref:NO 36555 96525
Summit feature:landmark indicator
Col:245m  NO358968  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 37 44
(1:25k) OL53N OL59W 388N 405W
Observations:large cairn 30m S at NO 36560 96495 is lower
Survey:obvious summit
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 222 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Anti-clockwise circuit on circular path from Craigendarroch Walk KeithByTheC10/05/2019
Part of the D99 race. Awesome little hillDavidGMould15/03/2019
From Craigendarroch Walk. Mainly on unmapped tracks. Nice rocky top.jonglew20/02/2019
From Hilton timeshare carparking.cjo15/09/2018
During a windy week in Tomintoul. After dropping Smithy at Inverey for attempt #2 of the week on Carn Bhac, moped around in Braemar resting the ankle I'd damaged two days earlier on Sgor Mor before noticing this small hill... Off to Ballater & parked in Craigendarroch Walk just before the first bend. On bend is a waymarker: through gate & straight up path winding around to the summit. View somewhat obscured by trees. Continued N then E following waymarked path coming back out on to road about 200m E of starting point. Ankle feeling good, so quick look on Hill Bagging turned up Geallaig Hill...NotReallyABagger14/09/2018
A great short walk from Craigendarroch Walk in Ballater, starting at the way marker. Through the gate then straight up the south side, following whichever of the paths goes up most directly. Nice trees, nice views from the top. Went down the way marked path on the north side to give a circuit, recommended for fine views of the crags.Gill10/09/2018
Walked up from Ballater, following Walkhighlands route. Brilliant little hill with a beautiful climb (surrounded by heather, trees and rocks). If reading this and considering it, give the hill a go.IainHillHunter04/09/2018
From Ballater housing estate south of hill. One of several marked paths to summit skirting rocky bluff. Less than hour round tripN.Morters08/08/2018
Simple up and down from village following trail but well worth doing.trimarc214/05/2018
From 1st bend on Craigendarroch Walk did anticlockwise circuit along good paths through lovely woodland. Light showers but mostly dry. Start 17:50, end 18:40dbb20/04/2018
1 of 2: From Ballater centre CP. With Karen and Lauren.ChrisR12/10/2017
Steep hike up but pleasant enough through the pine forest from Ballatermadaddo02/08/2017
Circular walk over the top starting from town centre. Very pretty woodland, oaks lower down, pine and birch higher up.milimana30/08/2016
On way back from Keith to Glasgow. Parked on Craigendarroch Walk. Followed well used path to summit as marked on OS. Retuned via same routeraffemeister03/08/2016
Footpath from Ballater, with mora.BLACKHILL02/07/2016
Lovely walk at 0530 from Station Square, through the woods to the top. Great views especially into Lochnagar. 1 houralexmaclennan19/04/2016
With EA. circular route over the top.GmacT03/04/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac28/03/2016
Family walk with Erik (7) at the front. Anticlockwise circular walk over the summit from Ballater. Lying snow.pwbellarby27/12/2015
Took the path from the side of the Hilton Leisure. 3 minute round trip. Solo.bolton15/11/2015
Windy and mild today for a lovely steep stroll to the park bench at the summit.Play2End31/10/2015
As for most others, I parked on Craigendarroch Walk (which is the street name) - park beside the electricity installations and you are right at the start of the path. Nice hill, very steep!Crib Goch21/10/2015
I used the path from Craigendarroch Walk in Ballater for a stroll through woodland to the rocky summit.Dugswell219/10/2015
Lovely walk in forest with good views over Ballater. Always wanted to do this summit glad I did. Company: Soloiandesbottes21/05/2015
I think I went up the E side. I definitely recall parking in a residential street and having a very steep ascent. Forgot to take the Garmin Gadget to record the route. Write-up is here:
with renee from hilton hotel carpark up through woods to the top.robertphillips05/12/2014
Nice and easy using good path.AndrewFinnimore17/10/2014
Parked in housing scheme immediately S, because I was too tired having already climbed 3 hills on a hot day and just thrashed straight up bearing left. Serenaded by a brass band which was playing in the square. Well worth the effort. Managed to convince the neighbourhood watchman that I wasn't a Glasgow heavy casing the estate.Thearlaichdubh10/09/2014
Late evening ascent.gav77707/08/2014
Self, Peter and dogInvicta1411/06/2014
Er.. same as everyone else.Martin R25/11/2012
Path from Craigendarroch Walk in Ballater.neimcv16/09/2012
From Ballater, Craigendarroch Walk in fact. Steep path up West of hill, bear right at 150m before short steep pull up. Great views of Lochnagar and down the Dee,nordicstar03/06/2012
With ES and IS.amswanston22/04/2012
With AS. Part carried. With ES and IS.eks22/04/2012
With AS. Part Carried. With ES and IS. iks22/04/2012
JEB Uisdean2518/03/2012
Started from Craigendarroch Walk at 366961, well made path to summit and great view of Ballater. 368962 (a bit further NE) would have been a better starting point.Topographer5714/07/2011
Also climbed 05/10/2014. I've been up it three times but failed to record one ascent.coldfeet713/05/2011
Stayed in Ballater and so walked up late one afternoon. Cloud level at same height as top so views intermittent.garyhoney06/07/2008
From the Hilton Hotel at the foot.hillexplorer15/08/2007
Follow the waymarked parhSJ23/06/2007
From Ballater and followed the anti-clockwise path to the toptorkm11/07/2006
Surreal: from main road fight to the top and return through hotel grounds where folk sauna.Eddie21/08/2004
From Ballater station car park. On street to gain access to wooded hillside. Very pleasant walk up on signed paths, rocky steps and large chipped bouilders to top at 16.30. Trees will obscure views very quickly. Excellent café at station, plus Victoria's toilet.arranc14/06/2004
Dry, sunny, warm, good views, with L&A.iangalbraith03/06/2002 fourth time up this little Gem, with Dant family and Michelle and Jamie in a backpack. First three times were in summer of 1966vegibagger28/05/2000
pleasant little wooded granite top, fine view. A93 S of hotel 360964, paths to summit and/or beeline thru scrub RHW17/03/2000