Hill Walking

The high mountains of Deeside are home to some of Scotland's wildest and most dramatic scenery. Its windswept summits drop down to sheltered corries and hidden lochs, set apart on a grand scale by deep broad glens and the remains of ancient pinewoods. Superb walking can be found from challenging long days in the main Cairngorm hills, to shorter easier walks in the lower outlying hills. Most of the popular hills are climbable in a day, while some of the more remote peaks are best experienced by spending two or three days out in the hills.

All of the main glens have rough hill tracks leading into the mountains, and these provide the most practical and easy means of access, particularly with the use of a mountain bike. Beyond this, access is on foot by stalkers paths or heathery slopes. The open tops and plateau areas, where most paths peter out, are often rocky, featureless and have little shelter.

The mountains change dramatically with the seasons, and in bad weather or mist, at any time of year, a map and compass are essential. In winter, when the hills are transformed by snow and ice and are exposed to the full force of winter storms, such places require sound navigation and mountaineering experience to enjoy them.

Books on local hill walks

  • Donald Bennet: SMC Hillwalker's Guide: The Munros 1999
  • Donald Bennet and Cliff Stone: Scottish Hill Tracks
  • Brian Conduit: Aberdeen and Royal Deeside Pathfinder Guide 2001
  • Brian Conduit: Cairngorms Pathfinder Guide 1996
  • Ernest Cross: Short Walks in the Cairngorms: Luath Press Ltd.
  • Ralph Storer: 50 Best Routes on Scottish Mountains: David and Charles 1998
  • Ralph Storer: 100 Best Routes on Scottish Mountains: Time Warner Paperbacks 1997
  • Hallewell Publications, walks series 4: Deeside

Further information

Walking Wild

Munro Magic

Soundimine Hearing Solution - See more

Walkingworld - online walking guide

Scottish Mountaineering Club

The Cairngorm Club

Mountain Bothies Association

North East Mountain Trust

Scotways - the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society


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