Rugged Run – Lochnagar (Iain)

Lochnagar is the second highest mountain in Scotland….I thought.

It isn’t.

But whilst I was hiking it I was convinced it was. I’d miss read an article and it was only afterwards when my wife checked my “fact” that we discovered the truth.

Lochnagar is only number 7 on the list of highest Scottish hills. This explains why, when I reached the top, I thought to myself “that was surprisingly easy for the 2nd highest mountain!”

Lochnagar is not a technical hike. In good weather it’s a long slog on good paths. We did the route in the classic anti-clockwise direction. I think the views are better this way. Although it ends with a long walk along the loch.

It was one of the hottest days of the year when we did it but it was hard to notice the heat due to the wind. It was so windy that later in the day some poor soul was blown over and broke a leg!



Rating: 4 out of 5.

A nice plod with nice parts but there are some long boring sections with not much to see.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

There is a car park next to the start but it can fill up quickly especially at weekends. It was full by 0830 on the day we visited. The car park has a charge.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

There are toilets and a stall selling cakes, cofee’s and ice creams.

Nearest cafe

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There is one at the car park.

Run Surface

100% trail

Dog Friendly

Yes but there is not much water stops until the second half of the route.



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