Care for the Countryside
The hills and glens of Deeside are working estates and many people
depend on them for their livelihood. Land management for farming,
forestry, deer stalking, grouse shooting and conservation are all-important
activities, even in some of the remotest glens. You are a welcome
visitor to Deeside and can help protect the countryside in a number
of ways. So please:
- Be courteous to other countryside users.
- Park away from gates and tracks so that they can be used at
all times by others.
- Keep your dog on a lead to prevent disturbance to farm stock
- Keep to the paths and tracks marked on the Ordnance Survey maps,
to prevent new tracks from forming and scarring the hillsides.
- Guard against the risk of fire.
- Take your litter home.
- Use gates and stiles where available and leave gates as you
- Take care not to disturb wildlife.
Click here for the Outdoor
Access Scotland website
Hill Walking and Red Deer
Red deer stalking is an important source of income to the Deeside
estates and deer are stalked from 1st July until 20th October. You
are still welcome to hill walk during this period but please:
- contact the Hillphone service from 1st August until 20th October
for information about where stalking is occurring on a particular
here for details or phone the following Hillphone numbers:
Callater & Clunie 013397-41997
Glen Shee/Cairnwell 01250-885288
- Take note of any stalking notices provided at the main access
- Reduce disturbance to deer by following established tracks on
the hills and through the glens.
For more information about red deer and deer management click
Safety in the Scottish Hills
The hill walking, climbing and ski mountaineering in Scotland is
some of the most accessible and exhilarating in Europe. Though not
high, the changeable weather and northerly latitude of the Scottish
mountains make them far more challenging than some of their European
counterparts. Before you venture out, make sure you are adequately
clothed, equipped and experienced for the route you are undertaking.
Always take a map and a compass with you, and know how to use them,
as well as extra food and clothing. The weather changes very suddenly
in the hills and what may have started out as a sunny day could
end up as a blizzard on the tops, even in summer!
In winter, check the avalanche risk before starting off and take
an ice axe and crampons with you (and know how to use them !). The
avalanche risk is compiled by the Scottish Avalanche Information
Service, who leave details in various locations, including popular
access points into the hills. Click
here for details.
Leave your route plan and estimated return time with somebody.
Camping out in the wilds, when most walkers have returned home
and the hills are the domain of their resident wildlife, is one
of the best ways to experience Scotland's beauty. When done responsibly
it has little impact on the environment, but its increased popularity
mean that we must all take extra care. With a little careful thought,
you can avoid leaving any impact on the ground, so, when planning
a trip, think about:
Where you intend to camp. Is the ground suitable for pitching a
tent without leaving a trace? Can you camp unobtrusively? Consider
not only your own impact on a camping spot, but the cumulative impact
of several tents over time.
Other campers. People go to the hills for solitude so please keep
your group small.
The people who make their living from the land. Please make sure
that your chosen campsite will not impact on any estate or farming
Disturbance to wildlife. Noise travels far from tents and can scare
wildlife away from an area.
Litter and toilet arrangements. Popular wild camping areas increasingly
have litter and human excrement problems. Please take your litter
home and ensure that you bury all human waste. To avoid contamination
of drinking water, you should not go to the toilet within 30 metres
of a stream or loch.
For more information about wild camping click