Lochnagar in the Cairngorms National Park is a Munro with royal connections. The mountain is located in Royal Deeside nearby Balmoral Castle, which is the summer home of Her Majesty the Queen. (The Queen's first son, Prince Charles, has been known to climb the hill when the family is in residence).
A round of three of the Deeside Munros (Lochnagar, Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach and Carn an t-Sagairt Mor) can be made from Glen Muick in the east or Invercauld Bridge in the north. Last weekend, we chose the latter as it offers a nice walk up through ancient Scots pine forest. Instead of heading straight up the first Munro, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, we chose instead to follow the waters of the Allt Lochan nan Eun to the Sandy Loch. From there, we climbed the entertaining Stuic Buttress (a fun winter grade I) to reach the middle Munro, Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach. What followed was an easy walk round to Lochnagar before the evening light show started and we took our time crossing the snowy plateau to reach our final Munro, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, at 5.30pm, in the dark.