Thursday 21 st May Strenuous Walk 13: Ben Macdui 1309m and Derry Cairngorm 1155m Distance 29km/18mls Ascent 1070m/3510ft Walking time approx 11 hrs Map Landranger 43 Departure 7 am Start NO 062 898 Finish NO 062 898 Ben Macdui is Britain’s second highest peak, situated in the centre of the Cairngorm plateau. We approach from Deeside amongst the ancient pines of Glen Derry reaching Derry Lodge and the Luibeg burn. We climb Sron Riach and skirt the tremendous cliffs above Lochan Uaine. The return journey takes us over rocky Derry Cairngorm before retracing our steps back to the Linn of Dee. Medium Walk 14: The Maim, Geallaig Hill and Carn Dearg Distance 12.5km/8mls Ascent 320m/1050ft Walking time approx 6 hrs Map Landranger 44 Departure 9 am Start NO 266 987 Finish NJ 336 002 With not a great deal of ascent, the views from this walk are spectacular. Starting from the highest point on the Old Military Road, we head up a track to the top of The Maim with amazing views over Balmoral and west up the Dee Valley. Retracing our steps, we then follow a great high-level track across the top of Geallaig Hill, Creag na Creiche and Carn Dearg. Once down into the glen, we will cross a footbridge over the River Gairn and walk through Balno and Inverenzie to finish the walk at Lary. Easy Special Interest Walk 15: Muir of Dinnet Distance 8km/5mls Ascent 20m/65ft Walking time approx 5 hrs Map Landranger 37 Departure 10 am Start NO 429 997 Finish NO 429 997 The Scottish Natural Heritage Ranger will lead us through the Burn o’ Vat trail on to Parkin’s Moss, then to Loch Kinord and Little Ord. This rough circular walk is steeped in history and archaeology, especially along the little Ord trail.