Low Level Walking
The glens of Deeside have some of the finest
quality low- ground walking in Scotland, with beautiful walks through
old pinewoods, birchwoods and ancient settlements, as well as beside
majestic lochs and rivers. There are also many mid-level walks across
fine heather moors and low hills which give superb views of the area.
Whatever your interest, be it wildlife, geology, archaeology, history
or photography, or just a pleasant walk or somewhere to picnic, there
is enough for years of happy exploration. The area is served by
an extensive network of low-level paths and tracks, some of which
are signed, whilst others will need a map or guide to find the best
For those new to the area, an extensive network of way-marked circular
walks and cycle routes have been developed by UDAT to help you explore
the area, based around the settlements of Ballater and Braemar.
To find out more, pick up one of UDAT's leaflets which are available
from any of the three local tourist information centres.
Recommended walking routes:
For detailed OS map and route descriptions of a superb range of 48 low and middle
ground walking routes click here.
Alternatively you can plan your own walk by reading one of the
books listed below.
Books on local walks
· Lonely Planet: Walking in Scotland. Lonely Planet Publications
- Ordnance Survey Pathfinder Guide: Cairngorms Walks. Ordnance
- Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) District Guide: The Cairngorms.
- Smith, Robert: 25 Walks, Deeside. HMSO: Edinburgh 1995
- Smith, Robert: Discovering Aberdeenshire. Edinburgh: John Donald
Publications Ltd. 1998
Maps of the area
- Ordnance Survey (OS) 1:50 000 Sheets 37 (Strathdon) 44 (Ballater
and Glen Clova) 43 (Braemar and Blair Atholl)
- Explorer 1:25 000: 395 Glen Tanar, 388 Lochnagar, Glen Muick
- Harvey 1:25 000: Lochnagar
- Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society
- online walking guide