We didn't go walking in the end. The weather was just too miserable. We did manage to cycle as far as Slugain Lodge though. It would be very pretty up there in good weather and there are some good spots for wild camping.
It would be nice if the Lodge was in a useable condition. Even if it wasn't a proper bothy, just a sort of shepherd's shelter of four walls would help.
We meant to get up to Beinn a'Bhuird and tick another Munro off, but we'll have to try again. Maybe in the snow...
We didn't camp in Braemar overnight, after failing to find any room in a B&B we came back to Aberdeen. I drove as far as Ballater - my first drive at dusk - where the headlights got the better of me. Random Ballater fact: The Deeside railway line terminated there after Queen Victoria bought up the land along it's intended route to Braemar so that the tourists couldn't get too close to Balmoral.