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Royal Deeside : 10 Easier Walks


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Royal Deeside is a walker's paradise. A full description of all the walks on offer would require a substantial document. Numerous books are available and the Upper Deeside Access Trust (UDAT) publishes very attractive maps detailing some of the easier walks and cycle rides that start at Braemar and Ballater.

The walks on offer range from those than can be undertaken by families with small children to those that require a high degree of expertise. For the latter it is worth remembering that Braemar has a fine Mountain Rescue centre which is sadly necessary as inexperienced walkers can easily get lost in the hills if bad weather sets in.

Here we do not attempt to go into detail but give a brief description of 10 easier walks (below) and 10 harder walks (see accompanying page). These are just a very incomplete sample and many walkers who know the area well will wonder why their favourite walk does not appear.

The Aberdeenshire Ranger service assists in some festivals in Royal Deeside such as Ballater Walking Festival in May and Ballater Victoria Week in August.

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Hills around Braemar, Scotland Braemar nestling among the hills

1. Scolty 983’
An easy family walk with the fascination of the Burnett monument to get youngsters to the top. Views of Feughside and lower Deeside. Start Banchory;
Grade 1, Distance 4 miles, Ascent 700’, Time 2 hours

2. Mortlich 1248’
A pleasant shapely hill just above Aboyne Loch offering fine views of middle Deeside and ideal for a half-day trip. Start Aboyne
Grade 1 Distance 4.5 miles Ascent 850’ Time 2.5 hours

3. Glen Tanar
An easy and attractive glen walk suitable for family. Glen Tanar contains a National Nature Reserve and fine remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forest.
Grade 1 : distance as desired

4. The Pollagach
An easy walk into the hills with views across Ballater and to Lochnagar. Start Ballater
Grade 1 distance 5.5 miles, Ascent 1300’ Time 2.5 hours.

5. Creag Coillich 1300’
A short family walk but can be made longer by circular walks through the woods. Start Ballater
Grade 1 distance 1.5 – 4 miles, Ascent 700’ Time 1 – 3 hours

6. The Seven Bridges
A ‘flat’ walk crossing 7 bridges through some lovely wooded countryside. Start Ballater
Grade 1 distance 5 miles, Ascent 100’ Time 2.5 hours

7. Craigendarroch Hill 1300’
A short walk up the hill overlooking Ballater with fine views across to Lochnagar. Start Ballater
Grade 1, Distance 2 miles Ascent 700’ Time 1.5 hours.

8. Loch Muick
An attractive low-level walk around Loch Muick Start Loch Muick car park
Grade 1 Distance 7.5 miles, Ascent 200’, Time 3.5 hours

9. Creag Choinnich 1764
A hill walk of no great difficulty giving views across Braemar to the Cairngorms. Start Braemar
Grade 1, Distance 2.5 miles, Ascent 650’, Time 1.5 hours

10. Glen Callater
An easy low-level walk to the loch that may be extended by more arduous climbs into the surrounding hills. Start Auchallater (2 miles south of Braemar)
Grade 1 Distance 6 miles Ascent 200’ time 2.5 hours


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