There will be a number of TGO Challengers for whom finding the Shielin of Mark, a little bothy in the Eastern Highlands, will be a major test of their navigational skills.
The Shielin is a little stone building with one door and window tucked under a bank in the hills east of Loch Muick. A little piece of loveliness in a wide and empty landscape. It's a wonderful spot with a bubbling little stream for company and wonderful views of Mount Keen in the distance.
(You know you can click on the map to make it bigger & easier to see...)
You can see it here, more or less in the middle of the map. Most Challengers will be heading towards it from the Spittal. You can see the way you would take, can't you? It's not tricky, is it?
By 'eck though! Every year there are reports of how difficult it is to find the blessed thing; having to wade their way across appalling peat hags in trackless terrain, and in the cold wind and rain an' all!
Good grief! It really is a doddle to find and the peat hags are kids stuff.
Anyway. The next snap should help these navigationally challenged Challengers. Now, take a good look and remember exactly where it is. That way you can't miss it... (That's Lochnagar in the background btw)
This is the new helpful, fluffy, cuddly Al signing off...