Altitude 400m a.s.l
This is a small outcrop on the Pannanich hill. It only gets the briefest of mentions in the SMC Northeast Outcrops, which is a bit unfair really as its a bit of a find in this in-land small crag starved part of the world. [I notice that Multi-map use the name Bellamore Craig for this crag.]
The SMC list only three routes but there are definitely more than that.
The crag is split roughly into three sections with the middle section being where the SMC routes are. The right (N) section has potential but is probably a nesting site so apart from the middle blank area it may be best left alone. The left (S) section has potential.
There is a fascinating rock about halfway between the forest and the main crag. It is a roughly circular boulder, standing up, which has a fist-sized, round hole carved out of the middle. It must have been a real labour of love to carve the hole in such a remote place. It looks like somone might have started to make a mill stone but left it unfinished, high up the hill in this fairly inacessable place. I'd love to know the story of this forgotten stone, but it's probably lost in the mists of time. To make it more intriguing the hole can only be seen from above, a large boulder blocks the hole from veiwers below. Seek it out and marvel at the hard graft of the unknown stone carver.
Park your car on the South Deeside road at 416 967 at the entrance to a restored mill. Walk the track for about 500m then, just before a gateway through an old well-made dyke, take the right turn up a short forest track which leads you out through a deer fence to the hillside. The crag is directly opposite you on the top of the ridge. 25-30 minutes from the edge of the forest.
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