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Meikle Tap

Length
13.8 Kms
Elevation gain
411.6 m
Max elevation
349.6 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
**
Type
Out and back
Route id
539
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
0 Kms
Dirt road
9 Kms
Dirt path
4 Kms
Trail
0.8 Kms
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Directions to start point
This is an easy to navigate but tough little run due to it being a mainly up to the top then down back to the start. Most of the route is in the forest with good paths and the final section being out in the open with nice views across the countryside. From the car park the route directly starts the first climb for about
0.75 Kms
, takes a left, then flattens out somewhat for the next
1 Kms
.
And this is the point where you hit an interesting part. The main path appears to come to a sudden end, but there is a small path heading through the trees. Even in summer this seems to be a muddy and slippy
100 m
or so - your shoes will get dirty here as will you. Once out you are on a long straight which is slightly downhill until you reach the
3 Kms
mark at which point you are heading back uphill with the path bending to the right.
Around the
5 Kms
mark, beside the electric pylon route you hit a crossroads and the path takes a sharp left and heads up the steeper hill. All uphill to the top now and you get out of the trees at about
5.5 Kms
with the Meikle Tap appearing on your left. Take the first path on the left and follow this main path all the way to the top.
The views from the top can be lovely on a nice day across the Aberdeenshire countryside, but of course there are days when you can't see anything at all. As this is an out and back, then just follow your tracks back to the car park. There are some possible little add ins to the route to make it longer. One of those is to include Hill O Fare which takes you up to
20 Kms
. This we will include as a separate route.
Route directions
Kms
1
From the car park go through the gate and up the hill

0
2
Turn left at the top of the hill

0.6
3
Path becomes smaller and muddier for a short section through trees

1.8
4
Turn right up the hill

3.3
5
Follow path to the left

4.3
6
You are now out in the open with Meikle Tap on your left.

4.5
7
Turn towards Meikle Tap

5.2
8
Up towards the Cairn

6.8
9
The top, now back the way you came

6.9
10
Turn right down the hill

8.5
11
Right, down the hill

9.4
12
Turn left

10.4
13
Left path at the fork

10.9
14
Back into the mud

11.9
15
Down the hill towards the car park

13.2
16
End

13.8
Car park
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Parking for about six cars
Car park
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Gate to go around heading up the hill
Hill up from the car park
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The first 0.75 KM is uphill
Early in the route
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Trees on all sides
Early in the route
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Good quality dirt road and calming trees
Views and muddy section
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Catch a glimpse of the views through the trees
Views and muddy section
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Looking back at the really muddy part
Views and muddy section
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The short muddy section
Facing north east
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A murky evening
Towards Dunecht
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Turn right just after the pylons
Towards Dunecht
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Long straight section
Out into the open
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Amongst the Scottish heather
Out into the open
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Too misty to see Meikle Tap on this day
Turning to Meikle Tap
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Take smaller path on the left
Near the top
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Within 0.5 Km of the top
Meikle Tap
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Sunshine on the sumit
Meikle Tap
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View across the heather
Meikle Tap
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Looking south west
Meikle Tap
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Trig point and cairn towards the east
Meikle Tap
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And into the clouds
Meikle Tap
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Trig in the clouds
Meikle Tap
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The way back
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