This route has been waiting to complete since last autumn. This Wednesday the day was long enough and the forecast encouraging, so I started at 7am from Linn of Dee car park (pay & display – £2 a car per day). The road to Derry Lodge is wide and even, but not particularly impressive – music from a player helped a lot.

The weather was very good for climbing – quite warm, relatively light wind, rare direct sunlight. But the air wasn’t clear – the clarity of the air was rather poor and that affected me in taking photos. So, I did the route and it was really satisfying; but taking photos wasn’t satisfying at all.