HOLE UP

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

The High­lands aren’t all about the high land: lots of you rec­om­mended a walk to a crater in the east­ern Cairngorms called Burn O’ Vat, de­scrib­ing it as beau­ti­ful, stunning, mag­i­cal. It’s a glacial pot­hole, where a rock got wedged in the riverbed and caused a whirlpool of melt­wa­ter to scour out an am­phithe­atre 60 feet wide and 40 feet deep. A tight squeeze along a stream, some­times on step­ping stones, some­times splash­ing, opens into a bowl of gran­ite, fern, and wa­ter­fall, where myth says fa­mous out­law Rob Roy Mac­Gre­gor once laid low, and his­tory says 17th-cen­tury cat­tle thief Patrick Gil­roy Mac­Gre­gor re­ally did hole up.

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