Ben Aigan near Rothes first wee hill for a long time. I will look for a Armstrong Whitley that crashed in 1940 and killed all the crew.

Ben Aigan.

Ben Aigan.

Going for a short wander today with some pals first wee hill since Christmas.  Ben Aigan lies to the east of Rothes, the north east of Craigellachie and to the east of the River Spey which flows along the foot of its western and northern slopes. Rising to a height of 471m (1546 feet) and extensively forested apart from the summit cone, the top of Ben Aigan provides magnificent views over Speyside, south to Ben Rinnes, and away to the north over the Moray Firth to the hills of Sutherland. The ascent – uses sections of some new mountain bike trails – is a straightforward hill walk I hope?

This small hill was where a Armstrong Whiteforce Whitley crashed near the summit. It was on a cross country exercise from RAF Kinloss Whitley P5006 crashed on Ben Aigen ESE of Rothes, 24th September 1940. All 6 of the crew died. I will have a look and see what I can find. There was a small memorial but it may have gone?

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2 Responses to Ben Aigan near Rothes first wee hill for a long time. I will look for a Armstrong Whitley that crashed in 1940 and killed all the crew.

  1. ptsd17 says:

    Quite low cloud up here today with a bit of drizzle, don’t think you’ll get much of a view today, but hopefully you’ll still enjoy the walk!

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