03-Sep-2010 -- We attempted this confluence point from the approach from Glen Muick. We parked in a layby on the road to Spittal of Glenmuick, just south of the bridge over Allt Dowrie, at around 1:30 pm. Walking back along the road for about 200 m, we climbed a high fence and followed the track up through the woods and on to the moor beyond. Grouse butts were visible from the track, and although this was the grouse shooting season, there were fortunately no shooting parties nearby. When we reached 600 m elevation, we left the track and contoured our way north, through the heather and undulating peat bogs, to reach the track from Aultonrea. We then followed this track around towards Cairn Leuchan, and turned east just past some rock outcrops.
With a little over a kilometre to go to the confluence point, the track disappeared, and we were left with a tedious plod through the heather and peat bogs to reach our destination. At around 3:50 pm we reached the confluence point, located just beyond the broken fence line dividing the Glenmuick and Glen Tanar Estates. The weather was fine and dry, and the location provided a good view south towards Mount Keen.
After taking the necessary photographs, we headed back. Resolving to avoid the worst of the peat bogs, we struck a direct line west from the confluence point to reach the track at the southern edge of the rock outcrop. We then followed this track all the way back to Aultonrea and the Glen Muick road. After a 1.4 km walk back along the road, we reached the car just before 6 pm. Shortly afterwards, we were celebrating our successful confluence point visit with some well earned pints of ale at The Boat Inn, Aboyne.