A short walk up the Scalp at 487 metres a grand viewpoint. 

I was not going to go out today but I was offered a short wander up the Scarp at 487 metres. It is a local hill and as I was feeling a bit ropey I thought I needed some fresh air. I was with three pals from the “Senior section “of the Moray Mountaineering Club. It was a fine day very mild and we wandered through whisky country past familiar places so many distillerys to walk over a lovely wee hill not far from Dufftown just of the A920 Huntly road with great views of Moray and Ben Rinnes and our local Corbetts.

The wee hut built into the hill on the way up the Scalp a lovely Bothy and so hard to see until you are very near. This is grouse moors and the hut is used by estate .

We parked and followed a track and on route we passed a grand Bothy built into a bit of the local Moor. George kept asking us if we had seen it on the way up and not spotted till we were very close. We passed a few animal traps on the way like I saw last weekend over the burns. Is it me or am I noticing these more?

I know that they are regulated but the look so cruel maybe I am wrong and I was told they are for stoats! 

We had a short stop at the hit  and it is easy walking along a track all the way to the summit. It was all on open grouse moors and a short wander with great views of Ben Rhinnes and Corriehabbie Hill and the wonderful Moray countryside. We live in such a great place and yet I missed this lovely hill over the years. There was no snow at all and just a little on the bigger hills.

We had a break on the top and took in the views getting all the local snippets from George Hegeraty he knows these hills so well. It was back the same way then a stop at a local Hotel for a cup of tea. There was some choice of whisky here! 

It was then a wander home and the Traditional Friday night fish and chips in Burghead to finish .

I am so glad I went out for a wander so many grand wee hills in my local area I am spoiled for choice.  Thanks to Babs,Derrick  and the “guru of Moray “George you made my day. It does not have to be big to be beautiful and just to get out helps and see some magical places! 


It was nice not having to drive far and enjoy the space that we at times take for granted. So many are not so lucky and we are priveledged to live and play here.

Never take it for granted or the right to wander freely on these places.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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