Most people I know cycle the track to Derry Lodge. However, by cycling it (at warp speed) I think you potentially miss out on seeing some of the smaller wildlife.
Emperor Moth caterpillar:
After about an hour of walking we reached Derry Lodge. I think Derry Lodge would make a great Hostel. Hopefully sometime in the future it will be renovated.
Beinn on bridge near Derry Lodge:
From Derry Lodge we continued to follow the Luibeg until reaching the small detour up to the Luibeg bridge.
Looking back towards Derry Lodge:
This was the first time I had crossed the Luibeg bridge, usually I just walk through the burn. I wasn’t aware that it was erected more than 60 years ago.
Luibeg Bridge (History):
After crossing the Luibeg, I climbed over, and Carole and Beinn crawled under, the Deer fence. (This fence can be avoided by returning to the Lairig Ghru path)
Looking back down Glen Luibeg:
The initial slopes were nice and easy up grassy slopes. We soon reached the path just below the point where it steepens with lots of boulder steps. Carole found some of these steps a bit high for her short legs.
Looking towards 1014m top of Carn a’Mhaim:
As we gained height the cloud started lifting, rewarding us with nice views. The higher tops of Ben Macdui, Cairn Toul and Angel’s Peak were still capped in cloud.
Looking back to 1014m top:
On reaching the summit, the cloud began to lift from the higher summits.
Summit of Carn a’Mhaim (Cairn Toul in background):
The Devil’s Point:
After spending 20 minutes or so at the summit we returned to the Linn of Dee via the same route.