Glen Ey

Part of Mar Estate, Glen Ey penetrates into the heart of the Cairnwell hills, a remote area of rolling heather moors and the ruins of many deserted settlements. It also features the 'Colonel's Bed', a hidden rock ledge by the river where the infamous Black Colonel of Inverey hid from Government troops in 1689. (Access to the Colonel's Bed is not advised due to a recent rock fall in the river gorge)

4½ miles, 7 km (6mins) west of Braemar, along an unclassified road.


  • Small informal car park at Inverey.
  • Popular access point to some of the higher hills and Munros at the head of Glen Ey.
  • Attractive low-level walking and cycling along the glen on good land rover tracks.

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