Hill: Ben Rinnes
Date: Sunday 30th August 2015
Company: Myself and Cuillin
Distance: 7.6km, Ascent: 525m
Time: 2Hrs

On looking out the window this morning, the weather looked too good to not go up a hill. I therefore quickly packed a small rucksack and set off to ascend my closest-to-home Corbett, Ben Rinnes. I have ascended Ben Rinnes several times previously but today would be Cuillin's first ascent.

On arriving at the Ben Rinnes car park, there were already four other cars parked there. I didn't bother wearing boots today as trail shoes are fine for the good path which runs from the car park to the summit.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

Track from Ben Rinnes Car Park:

It would be quite difficult to get lost ascending Ben Rinnes; it is just a case of following the wide path up the ridge of the hill.

Ascending Roy's Hill:

A wee rest:

Ben Rinnes and its neighbouring hills were clad in purple today. The heather is currently in full bloom.

Little Conval and Meikle Conval with Ben Aigan in distance:

Ben Rinnes:

As suspected, from looking at the MWIS forecast, the Southern Cairngorm Munros were capped in cloud this morning. Ben Rinnes was a good choice.

Looking towards Ben Avon and Beinn a' Bhuird capped in cloud:

Looking towards the summit tors of Ben Rinnes:

Tors at the summit of Ben Rinnes:

Despite stopping numerous times during the ascent to take photos, we made it to the summit in just 65 minutes. We spent around 10 minutes at the summit and made it back down to the car with an overall time of just 2Hrs. The last time I ascended Ben Rinnes, with family, it took 3Hrs 45Mins. We were definitely moving much faster today.

View across Moray and North Aberdeenshire from the summit:

View looking West:

Summit rock 10m from the trig point:

It was quite breezy at the summit today. Cuillin's lugs were flappin' in the wind.

Sitting at the summit:

Thanks to a couple we met at the summit who took a photo of us.

Myself and Cuillin at the trig point:

Ben Aigan, Little Conval and Meikle Conval during the descent:

Looking back to Roy's Hill and Ben Rinnes:

By the time we got back to the car park there were c.15 cars there. A popular hill today that I should ascend more often given its proximity to home.