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Entrance to the Lairig Ghru

Another image from my latest travelogue

After cycling from Inverey SYHA near Braemar to Derry Lodge we dumped the bikes and continued to walk towards Devil's Point (the grey mountain seen here)... We enter this ancient and famous mountain pass: the Lairig Ghru.

Incidentially, despite what it says on all the maps and most guidbooks etc it's not actually called the Devil's Point. It's called The Devil's Penis - the Victorian's renamed it!

The Lairig Ghru is a pass in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. The pass has a long history, and was for many years used by drovers taking cattle between Deeside and Speyside. It is now mainly used by walkers and climbers.

The full route from Aviemore to Braemar is about 43 km, though many walkers cut the walk short by starting or finishing at Linn of Dee.

The highest point of the Lairig Ghru is 838 metres high: higher than many British mountain summits. It occurs at a point known as the Pools of Dee (the source of the River Dee), in a narrow glaciated trough between the Braeriach and Ben Macdhui massifs.

One of the many features along the Lairig Ghru is a large stone known as Clach nan Taillear (the "tailors' stone"). According to legend three tailors agreed to meet here one Hogmanay in order to celebrate the new year. A violent storm ensued, and the three drunken men perished.

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