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Corbett bagging: Corryhabbie Hill in Moray

Written by Fiona

June 14 2021

With wind and the threat of rain in the west of the Highlands, my Corbett bagging friend Ben and I decided to head east to Moray for another summit last Wednesday. We chose Corryhabbie Hill.

The walk was 13.5km with total elevation of 550m.

See Strava and OS Maps.

9 things to know about the Corbett Corryhabbie Hill

  • It is not a tall mountain. It has a summit of 781m, which just qualifies it as a Corbett.
  • Corryhabbie Hill is at the north end of Braes of Glenlivet and close to several whisky villages.
  • There are a couple of options to climb the hill but we chose a circular route from Glen Rinnes.
  • It is possible to combine it with the Graham, Cook’s Cairn, which was once part of the list of Corbetts but was remeasured and then reclassified as a Graham.
  • This area of northern Scotland looks very much like the Borders. A few times Ben and I commented on how rolling and undulating the scenery is.
  • It is not a challenging walk and while there is some tramping over heather and bog, there’s also great path along the top and back down the hill (if you walk anticlockwise).
  • The track on top of the hill is called Morton’s Way, which is said too have been built by a one time laird at Glenfiddich Lodge.
  • The trig point on the hill summit is unusual. It has a top metal cap on top. These metal caps were originally found on 10 untapered square trig points built in the first half of the 20th century to measure the Lossiemouth air base. The original trig was demolished and replaced with today’s classic trig point in the mid 20th century but the metal cap was left in place.
  • We saw lots of lovely wildlife including hares, peewits, oyster catchers, golden plover, ducks and a duckling tucked into long, marshy grass (we hope it has survived).

Photos of Corryhabbie Hill

*Thanks to Ben for his excellent research on this one.

Corbetts bagged: 57.

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