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Issue 64 - The High Life

Scotland Magazine Issue 64
August 2012

 

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The High Life

Morrone is a Corbett (Scottish mountains between 2500 and 2999 feet) rising above the charming village of Braemar and translates from Gaelic as ‘big nose’ or ‘promontory’. Morrone’s rounded appearance means it takes a little bit of a back seat when compared to the neighbouring Cairngorm mountains but its location provides an outstanding vantage point to gaze across the bigger, more celebrated mountains of the Cairngorm National Park and over Braemar.

The village itself sits at a height of approximately 1100 feet above sea level (Morrone climbs to 2818 feet) and therefore temperatures regularly plummet during the winter months – the mercury has dropped to a teeth chattering -27.2ºC on two occasions, in 1895 and again in 1982. Braemar is perhaps best known for its Highland Gathering, the origins of which dates back to the 11th century and still take place on the first Saturday of September where competitors and visitors travel from all over the world to attend. The Gathering also includes a tough hill race to the summit of Morrone, which is the ideal spot (whether running or walking) to enjoy breath-taking views of, amongst others, Ben MacDui, Derry Cairngorm, Cairn Toul, Braeriach, An Socath and the River Dee.