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Lion Face Newsletter

The Lion’s Face is the newsletter for Clan Farquharson.

It took the title for the 4th edition in the Autumn of 2002. Before that simply being referred to as the Newsletter.

‘Why is it called The Lion’s Face’, some people ask. Come and find out.

There is a designated footpath from Braemar to the Lion’s Face, and there are a few other footpaths in the west of the site which may be used occasionally by walkers. Creag Clunie and the Lion’s Face can also be accessed from the A93 by the northern boundary of the site.

Probably the easiest way to approach the Lions Face is as follows. If you drive to Braemar on the A93 from the East (Invercauld and Ballater etc) there in a road, Castleton Place, to the left immediately after the Invercauld Arms Hotel. Go up here past the Fire Station on the left up to the junction with Hillside Drive. There is a bench, a gate and dog poop bin.   Park the car somewhere here and head through the gate and follow the sign which should take you straight ahead, NOT to the left.

From here it is not well signposted but after 10 minutes up a gentle hill through the woods you get to a bench; keep on the right fork path.

The one to the left takes you up to the top of Creag Choinnich from where you can enjoy wonderful views of the village of Braemar, Braemar Castle and Invercauld Castle.

Another 10 minutes bring you to the Lions Face but you will struggle to work it out. It derived its name from being viewed from a distance across the Dee. Since then, trees and scrub have grown obscuring the view of what resembled a ‘Lion’s Face’!

The Lion’s Face is a near ­vertical calcareous outcrop, with clefts and underhangs. It is an outstanding area for lichens, which grow in shaded and sheltered habitats on the rock. The outcrop supports a viable population of the elm gyalecta lichen (Gyalecta ulmi), which is rare and declining internationally and is listed on Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981)

You can continue the walk to Braemar Castle but afterwards you will have to walk along the main road to get back to your car.    Happy walking.

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