Lochnagar

LOCHNAGAR

Lochnagar, a munro in the Cairngorm National Park, is one of the most well known hills in Scotland. Situated in Aberdeenshire it stands 3789ft (1155m) high and is one of my most visited peaks due to its proximity to my home. It makes a great pitch for an overnight camp with the chance of stunning sunrise and sunsets and 360° panoramic views.

Ptarmigan can be found all year round with red deer also on the upper slopes in the summer. Dotterel, snow bunting and golden plover are amongst the regular seasonal visitors to the mountain.

A description of the Lochnagar, copied from Wikipedia, is below:

Technically, the English name is a misunderstanding, being named after Lochan na Gaire, the 'little loch of the noisy sound', a loch to be found in the mountain's northeast corrie. Today the lochan is popularly called Lochnagar too. The summit itself may be referred to as Cac Càrn Beagmeaning "small cairn of faeces" in Scottish Gaelic. Another proposed English translation is little pile of shit, though Peter Drummond, former chairman of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, has suggested that cac is a corruption of cadha ('slope'), which would lend a translation of little cairn of the slope. Lochnagar experiences an Alpine Tundra Climate, with freezing, snowy winters and cold summers. The nearest UK Met Office weather station is at Braemar 6.6 miles (10.6 km) northwest.

The yearly temperature range is usually between −6.6 °C (20.1 °F) and 9.4 °C (48.9 °F), but it can be slightly warmer and colder. January has the highest average frosts, despite February nights being colder; January has an average of 26.9 frost days, compared with 24.3 in February. There is the risk of a frost at any time of the year, even in July and August, when each month averages 1 air frost every 10 years.