Heading to Cook’s Cairn 755 meters a Graham near Dufftown with some pals. The Scottish Mountain Trust (SMT)

I am going out on the hills near the Ladder hills which is North and East of the Lecht this is one of the  more easterly  Grahams. Cook’s Cairn is a remote hill lying in the distillery heartland of Moray to the South of Glen Rinnes and the East  of Glen Livet. There are more distilleries in this area than Grahams according to the New guide book.



Despite its remote location, the area is served by several tracks which can readily be cycled, and these make access to the hill slightly easier.  It is also a place away from the crowds in this discreet part of the Cairngorm National Park.  No bikes tomorrow as we will be on foot this is a new hill for me and  with a great forecast so it should be a good day on the hill with some pals, I was impressed with the new Guide book.

Probably the most significant guidebook to Scottish hillwalking in recent times, this handsomely illustrated book from The Scottish Mountaineering Club describes the recommended routes on The Grahams & The Donalds.



What is a Grahams? It is a list of 224 Scottish hills between 2000ft (610m) and 2500ft (762m) in height and was compiled by Fiona Torbet (nee Graham) and Alan Dawson in 1992. The Donalds is a list of 140 Scottish hill summits above 2000ft (610m) in the Scottish Lowlands and was compiled by Percy Donald in 1935.

This is the first and only colour definitive guidebook to The Grahams & The Donalds and follows in the footsteps of the Scottish Mountaineering Club s best selling guidebooks to The Munros and The Corbetts. There are colour location maps of each group, together with their neighbouring hills, plus 175 detailed colour route maps and over 250 detailed descriptions, including links to other hills. The guidebook is illustrated by 320 colour photographs of the hills. There are Gaelic hill name translations plus an indexed list of Grahams and Donalds in height order, together with a full standard index.

It is also worth noting that if you buy this Guide the profits made go to help fund the Scottish Mountain Trust (SMT) I was priveledged to serve on this Trust as a Trustee for several years and they support so many great causes. We use the hills and footpaths and the Trust supports the upkeep of them and regularly grants funding to assist improvements!
The Scottish Mountaineering Trust was established by Trust Deed in 1962 by the Scottish Mountaineering Club. The primary object of the Trust, as stated in the Deed, is “to promote and secure the health, education and recreation of members of the public by fostering among them knowledge of the geography, topography, meteorology, biology and geology of and proper technique of movement within mountainous regions of Scotland or elsewhere and an appreciation of their beauty and by affording opportunities for enjoyment of these regions”

Like all charities, the activities of the Trust are bounded by Government legislation. Any grants made by the Trust must be for charitable purposes. For example, this excludes any applications for the support of expeditions which can be regarded as purely recreational or exploratory. A clear scientific, educational or other charitable purpose would have to be demonstrated. Likewise, no grant can be made for the improvement of premises which are not generally available to the mountaineering community.

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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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