Lying between Rhynie, Lumsden and Duftown; the Cabrach is a sparsely populated plateau of upland heath drained by the upper streams of the River Deveron, including Allt Deveron (in the photograph), and Black Water. The Cabrach parish Kirk, which is in the right of the image,was built in 1786 and the neighbouring bridge over Allt Deveron which was built in 1820 form part of my circuit out to Aldunie before returning to the Cabrach road, which follows the route of an old pony whisky route. Indeed many of the routes in the Highlands of Scotland follow either whisky routes, drovers routes or military roads.
The Buck of the Cabrach, the conical hill on the right, rises to 721m (2368 feet) on the border between Moray and Aberdeenshire. It is a little-known fact that the area surrounding the Buck of the Cabrach was celebrated in early-historical times and up to the late Medieval as a source for gold.
Kings of Picts used the resource centred on what is now called Rhynie in Aberdeenshire and much gold used for the crown jewels, prior to Robert Bruce’s takeover, was Aberdeenshire gold.
Pearls were also sourced in Aberdeenshire from the River Ythan and the pearl in the Crown of Scotland (now in disuse) is from the Ythan (Buchan, outlet into North Sea north of Dee and Don).