Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Bennochie

Bennochie (Gael. beinn-a- Chè, ` mountain of Chè, ' a Caledonian deity), a mountain in Alford, Keig, Premnay, Oyne, and Garioch parishes, Aberdeenshire, extending about 5 miles from E to W, about 3½ from N to S, and flanking the N side of the valley of the Don from the neighbourhood of Alford village to the near neighbourhood of Inverurie. It rises to an altitude of 1698 feet above sea-level; it swells upward in graceful outline; it has six summits in the form of peaks or rounded pinnacles; and it figures conspicuously in a great extent of landscape, to distances of 30 or 40 miles, so as to be an arresting object on the sky-line as seen from almost every part of Buchan. Its summits are locally known by distinctive names; and the highest and largest is called the Mither Tap. The principal rock of the mountain is reddish granite, traversed from N to S by great dykes of porphyry; and it is extensively quarried.


(F.H. Groome, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-4); © 2004 Gazetteer for Scotland)

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Feature Description: "a mountain"   (ADL Feature Type: "mountains")
Administrative units: Aberdeenshire ScoCnty
Place names: BEINN A CHE     |     BENNOCHIE

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