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 route.

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 2001.

  • Ordnance Survey Pathfinder Guide: Cairngorms Walks. Ordnance Survey
  • Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) District Guide: The Cairngorms. SMC
  • 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 and Glen
  • Harvey 1:25 000: Lochnagar

Useful links

Paths For All Partnership
Ramblers Association
Scotways - Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society
Walking World - online walking guide


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