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<b>Cairn-Mon-Earn</b>Posted by drewbhoyImage © drew/amj
Nearest Town:Banchory (10km WNW)
OS Ref (GB):   NO7815491920 / Sheets: 38, 45
Latitude:57° 1' 4.48" N
Longitude:   2° 21' 35.39" W

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Taras's fieldnotes are spot on and it looks like they had a beautiful day. I headed south on the A957, much more widely known as The Slug Road in these parts, and I had a very rainy day. Undeterred I followed the track as it wound its way up the hill. Now this track is in very good condition until the final climb when it veers west. Severe floods in the NE, including here, have washed away much of the top section until just before the masts. So if walking up in the near future take care as this is an ankle breaker.

The cairn is lovely except for the obvious minus points i,e. the trig, the concrete slab. It still stands at 17 meters wide and is 3 meters tall. Now I like the heavy mist and the masts loomed like huge giants. Being quite tall I felt at home. It also makes the site feel timeless. Even the little buildings nearby don't detract from this special place.

After quite a long time looking around it was time to go back down the hill in near zero visibility amongst the swirling clouds.

Visited 26/5/2016.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
11th July 2016ce

Limited parking spaces at the foot of the hill, just off the A957; coming from Stonehaven, the entrance is on the right, immediately after a very straight bit of road, and marked as a mountain biking trail.

A fairly easy, spiralling walk of about 45 minutes takes you to the summit, where the cairn shares its home with several imposing communications masts. Good views as far as Aberdeen on a clear day.

The cairn itself is topped with a trig point and is partly capped with a piece of concrete - presumably machinery or cabling relating to the masts is deep underneath.
Posted by taras
1st March 2009ce