A break at the boat house on Loch Muick

We set off from the car park at Glen Muick at 10 am along the south track towards Loch Muick before crossing to the north side of the loch. There was almost complete ice coverage of the loch and we were able to walk across the ice and had our first break at the boathouse. As we walked along the track to Glasalt Shiel we were aware of a strange sound running under the ice passing us at speed but no visible signs on the surface!

It continued as we reached the forest and set off up the path to the Glasalt Falls. The path was narrow and icy with a steep drop on one side into the bouldery gorge of the burn, demanding great care to avoid any slippage. The falls were not spectaculary covered in icicles as we had previously seen it and so we returned to the loch and retraces our route.On the way back we spotted several deer on the south-facing slopes overlooking the loch where the snow had melted, but above them there loomed a large snow cornice running for several kilometres along the hill above us.

Jim on Loch Muick with Broadcairn in background View towards the Glasalt Falls
Cracks in ice on Loch Muick Loch Muick looking towards Broadcairn

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