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Name:Strathfinella Hill
Hill number:512
Height:414m / 1358ft
RHB Section:07B: Braemar to Montrose
County/UA:Aberdeenshire (UA)
Catchment:North Esk
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Yeaman
Grid ref:NO 69304 78730
Summit feature:concealed trig point.
Col:173m  NO683794  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 45
(1:25k) 396
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 152 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Well hidden by trees Trig Point at the top.161605/01/2020
As Isbjorn, except cut corner at start by forest edge on track shown on 1:25,000 map. Isbjorn’s link path starts at NO 70702 78906.Lionel Bidwell27/10/2019
Along top forest track. Trig off path in the woods.Play2End17/08/2019
As per lsbjorn. A few variable connecting pathways.willyross23/06/2019
An easy peasy, nice-n-easy hill - the key is to find, and use, the link path-track between NO706793 and NO701788 - shown on 25K map, but not on 50K map. No parking seen near other reported starting point of NO683794 that, IMHO, is acceptable, so parked in FC car park at NO712796, signed 'South Drumtochty'. Up the incline, hangar L under power lines, R at fork, cut back R at 2nd junction, then, after 100m, link path goes off L - moderately steeply up to join E end of highest level summit track. Along this to highest point then R on MTB ride and cut L to trig. No anti-social parking, no steep rough grass, no burns or gullies to cross, no fences to cross, no bashing through trees - all but last 0.1 percent is on good forest tracks. I commend this route to the House (of Baggers).Isbjorn26/05/2019
From parking at GR 684793 in between two grassy tracks. Up the path at the edge of the forest. Went too high and trees closing in, so crossed stream and contoured a gully to get onto the open hill. Up to the corner of the forest as others, slightly tussocky in places, then easy enough through the trees to the track. Up this, then a foul quagmire of a firebreak, unsuitable for MTBs but used by them anyway. Thankfully not far to the trig, which is hidden in trees, the path to it marked by a small cairn. Nice valley, messed up hill.Gill04/11/2018
From Glen of Drumtochty at no712796BLACKHILL25/03/2018
Parked at entrance to forest NO 683 794. Crossed grassy field to gate then up open hillside to top corner NO 687 785. Over gate, then head south through forest (not too tough) for 100m to track. Turn left (ENE) for about 600m. Forest ride on left (just before track starts to descend): 100m along here and find trig 15m off to the left. Up and down in 1 hour 30. Not as grim as expected!PGCE18/02/2018
1 of 3: From minor road on north side at 687795ChrisR30/01/2018
Parked at Loch Saugh.Stile at NO 684 784 gives access to a ride.Headed along this for a few minutes and then turn left on to the main ride towards the summit.ARM08/12/2017
Parked at 683795 and followed track under pylons before a bash through trees to forest road. Another bash upwards through dense trees to reach upper forest road. Trig point is about 15 metre west of ride. Descended from edge of forest from corner at 687785 after a short bash through trees. Easier this way. Solo.bolton20/09/2017
From NW near Brights Well as others. Crossed burn into open hillside under pylons, up to obvious forest corner on ridge where there is a gate and a 3 sided marker stone. 50-80m unpleasant bash southwards in thick forest to hit forest track. Then pleasant walk albeit no view to thin fire break to the left. Short distance to small pile of stones indicate a fain path into (wood fire break continues so keep eyes peeled) and the trig next to a small cairn. Same route back. Early evening on route back from meeting in BanchoryN.Morters21/07/2017
Bagged as YSM448 Strathfinella Hill T4 D2 - Terrain high due to length of walk and the snow. First part of the track was well trodden and relatively easy, second second quite snowy but still well trodden, 3rd section very snowy and virgin snow. It took an age to walk the last 600m or so took what seemed like for ever. Trig is in a clear fire break just to the left. Good to finally have this one in the bag.thejackrustles24/02/2017
Parked at the free Forestry Commission car park near Drumtochty Castle. Followed forestry tracks but became confused in the maze of tracks. Ended up having to climb the snow covered moor outside of the forest and bash through the trees to the summit track. The trig was tricky to find, even with a gps. With JT.Sprog13/02/2017
Parked at NO684795. Followed track south and east underneath pylons to burn. Followed burn, crossing further track, later following edge of felled area and then through dense trees to reach another track at a point south west of summit. Followed track to East to reach fire break running northwards. Trig point located in trees approximately 15m west of fire break. Returned via same route. On way to Keith for business meeting!raffemeister28/06/2016
Weather fair with snow on ground.MountainMac09/01/2016
With Jenx from minor road to NW. Parking at end of woodland area on track leading to forest at GR 684793. Through gate declaring no motorised vehicles which can be followed on path then deer tracks to pylons. Cross the burn and strike up woods to reach wire fence that goes all way with minor trails (v wet in places) to woodland corner at 687785. A short 50m spruce dive in direct line gets you to the inner ride which can be followed to a high point at 693787. A faint but walkable ride leads to a white stone marking even fainter path to trig. Prosaic!nordicstar02/12/2015
Some great trees in the low woodland. A pretty valley. Not difficult to find the trig, even without a GPS.jenx01/12/2015
From cemy, via Drumelzie farm. Warm, sunny, calm but no views from top. Trees in process of being felled so possibly a view soon.iangalbraith05/04/2015
from 684794 up through heather to good tracks to hidden trig.robertphillips02/12/2014
Parked near Upper Coullie and used 25.OOO OS map to follow forest tracks up to Black Hill and on to summit which was easy enough to findAndrewFinnimore19/10/2014
from 684794. Rubbish ascent until reached higher road then round the hill to summit. Trig is 10m w of little path across summit.Thearlaichdubh07/09/2014
Self and dog, from NE corner of forest, on good tracks all the way. Lovely day.Invicta1426/03/2014
Without doubt one of the 2 most awkward sub 2000's yet. (The other was Cnoc an t-Sabhail,Tain) I parked at 716775 near Upper Coullie to the SE of the hill. A lot of thick forest to go through from this side. If doing again will do from northduchally09/11/2013
From NO 684794. With IS. Trees can be avoided via clearing at NO 685785.amswanston26/04/2013
With AS. Part Carried. From NO 684794. With IS. Trees can be avoided via clearing at NO 685785. iks26/04/2013
Parked at 716777 and proceeded to 712785, from where a direct path over Black Hill is being claimed by conifers but is still just passable. The summit is well hidden and may be hard to find without GPS. Weather mild and calm.Topographer5704/01/2013
took a while toget the right track but got there in the end. A 7 mile walk probably should have been about 4, but a nice jaunt with mutley.LizzieG22/04/2012
Ascended from the north and picked up mapped track inside the forest. Reached the trig point from this.JohnW28/10/2011
Ascent from north without map, so a Sitka flog. Lowest road was blocked by windthrow, but easy enough to blast uphill through runnable wood and clearings. Last bit of Sitka before summit ride was a struggle though.fasgadh06/08/2011
From forest gate to NW in pouring rain. Started off OK then became a grim struggle through fallen trees and undergrowth until top track reached. GPS easily found trig despite trees at summit.Aye Jimmy18/06/2011
Revisit. From main E-W ride, take fire break N for a few m then look for trig in narrow gap on L. Came up from SE, same as last time. No convenient parking on road, easy to park at forest gate, NO716776. Steep path up over Black Hill is quite a bit more overgrown than 9 years ago but seems to have been pruned recently.RHW13/11/2010
Up forest boundary NE of Loch Saugh, eventually fighting through trees.Eddie20/08/2004
Parked on verge of B966. On wide forest road for a mile to a T junction and path directly uphill with encroaching saplings. Across grassy forest track and a further 3/4m up over Black Hill down and up to topmost forest road. Left for 1/2m to high point on track. With GPS down am unkempt fire break for 100m to find column 20m into dense trees. 15.15.arranc09/06/2004
Date is first visit. Notes from later...(1) dullish planted hill, TP not found (2) see park @ 719770 on B966, mapped tks & FP to summit RHW23/12/2001
Sick Kid15/03/2020
Susan Bidwell27/10/2019
Simon Winton17/07/2019