Altitude 300m a.s.l
Luath Stone Boulders © goggs
The Luath's Stone boulders occupy a prominent hilltop position on the upper slopes of Green Hill, above the village of Whitehouse, off the A944 Aberdeen - Alford road. There are dozens of schist boulders of all shapes and sizes lying amongst heather and grass. While many are too small for climbing, enough are large enough to have been worth developing, turning this area into the best inland bouldering venue in Northeast Scotland. Landings are close to perfect, and a bouldering mat, though still worthwhile, is not a pre-requisite. The outlook, with views west up the Don valley towards Alford, and across the hills to Lochnagar and Mount Keen, is particularly beautiful, and the west facing slopes catch the afternoon sun. While perhaps lacking enough hard problems to keep the dedicated boulder occupied for many visits, the number of additional small boulders, combined with easy descents from all problems and a short walk-in, makes this a superb family area.
Approach - Follow the A944 Aberdeen - Alford road until you reach the village of Whitehouse, 4km east of Alford. When you come into Whitehouse village on your right (after farm buildings and a sharp bend) you will see white railings and gates with a Lodge. Park here. DO not drive up the farm road, this is private property!
Walk up the track following signs directed to ‘the mains.’ Then after the second set of sign posts (in approx 200m) on your left you see an unobvious, rougher track that leads up the hill with a cottage at the top. Approx 1 mile from parking to this cottage.
a style into a field and follow this uphill to another style/open gate, above which the boulders are obvious (5 minutes walk from the cottage to the first boulders, 10-15 minutes from the bottom of the rough track).
DO NOT drive up the farm road and definitely don't camp overnight here. This is private property!
|Bumped into the landowner today, she was happy for people to go up to the boulders but concerned about access (we were parked at the foot of the rough track as suggested in NE Outcrops) for tractors etc. as it is a working farm. Perhaps better to park down at the main road and walk up?
Appleby - 31/Mar/14
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