Walking & Whiskey – Bynack More 02/04/2016
Mountain: Bynack More
Range: The Cairngorms
Height: 1090 metres
Distance 20.5kms with a total of 872 metres of ascent.
OS Map 36 NJ042063
Leaving from the layby just past Glenmore lodge the walk begins with a gentle stroll through a forest along the Ryovan Pass and past An Lochan Uaine. This is a beautiful wee spot to pause and take in the view.
About 500 metres past the lochan take the easterly path toward Bynack Stable. As you cross the river Nethy over a foot bridge bear right and begin to climb south easterly along the shoulder of Bynack More. At about 860 metres and 8.5km into the walk you’ll start to climb steeply up the north ridge, reaching the summit just before you hit 10km. The summit is the further along the ridge than you’ll hope or expect as you pass over Bynack Beag firstly. The long walk is certainly worth it for the views of the Cairngorms
If you have the time and the energy continue beyond the summit to visit the impressive granite castles of the Barns of Bynack.
At this point you’ll want to break out the whisky! To return back to the start retrace the route of ascent!
For this walk I selected a relatively new expression from a local distillery, Tomatin 14 year old – http://www.tomatin.com
The Tomatin 14yo is aged in bourbon barrels before being finished for a year in port pipes. That year in port pipes certainly pays off adding a beautifully fruity finish to what is an easy drinking and smooth dram.
The initial nose & palate on this dram didn’t blow me away but the finish was smooth and offered a lovely mix of vanilla and rich syrupy fruit flavours so I quickly got over the slow start.
Google tells me that this dram is available online for about £55 – 70cl bottle. Would I drink it again? Hell yes!
Would I buy a bottle? Well, I’ll certainly visit the distillery and see what I come away with.
*** Always drink responsibly – please note that drinking any alcohol while hillwalking may be very dangerous. The amount drank here is merely a taste and we do not advocate any more than that. Always stay safe first and foremost ***