The gorgeous Lochan Uaine, the Green Lochan
Approaching the Cairngorms from the east, up Strathspey through whisky country, Bynack More is the pyramidal peak standing out at the left end of a line of high tops. Bynack is a popular hill to climb, being shapely and quite accessible, but it is rarely tackled as a circuit.
The path to Bynack passes the lovely Lochan Uaine (Green Lochan), where the fairies are said to wash their clothes, and a walk to this loch is a treat in itself.
I particularly like the route because the retreat from the mountain takes you off the walker’s paths to ford the river Nethy. This leads into a beautiful but unfrequented part of the Cairngorms that gives you a feel for the power of the postglacial period. The route climbs through one of the dramatic meltwater channels gouged out as ice dams burst to drain huge meltwater lakes.
Another feature of this walk is that it affords a great view of the regenerating scots pine forest of Glenmore. You can see this on the last couple of miles of the descent to Glenmore Lodge.
The Nethy crossing means that this route is usually one for the summer. The return leg of this route is only possible when the river is low. But you can assess this as you bridge the Nethy on your approach to Bynack More