Low level walks around Ballater

Renowned for its royal connections, Ballater lies between the meandering River Dee and the steep cliffs of Craigendarroch. The streets were set out in 1800 on a grid system, which may have inspired Ballater's most famous son, Sir Patrick Geddes, to embark on his career as 'The Father of Modern Town Planning'. An excellent network of paths and tracks lead out of the town, providing a variety of routes to cater for all abilities.

Please Note – a full colour leaflet is available from outlets in Ballater with map and route descriptions of each of the following routes


Please click below to view a detailed map of the Seven Bridges Walk.
Seven Bridges Walk
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Please click below to view a detailed map of the Golf Course Walk.
Golf Course Walk
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Please click below to view a detailed map of the Craigendarroch Walk.
Craigendarroch Walk
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Please click below to view a detailed map of the Sgor Buidhe Walk.
Sgor Buidhe Walk
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1) Seven Bridges Walk

Distance 5 miles/8 km. Time 2-3 hours. Grade moderate. Waymarked route.
A level route walked anti-clockwise giving views of the attractive hill scenery around Ballater. Seven bridges in total are crossed along the way.

  1. Starting from the village centre follow the Braemar road over the Railway Bridge (no. 1), turn left at the Auld Kirk Hotel then right along Dundarroch Road. Go straight along Old Line Road to an oak wood. Take the old-line path on the right through the oak woods crossing a footbridge (no.2) and after a further 500m, take a right hand fork uphill to meet the main road at the Bridge of Gairn (no.3).
  2. Cross the road here to join a series of short paths running parallel to the road until directed back across it 800m later. Shortly after this point, take an unmade road which leads to a white suspension bridge at Polhollick (no. 4). Cross the bridge and turn left to follow the track through conifer woodland to enjoy open views across the river to the golf course and Ballater.
  3. Continue along the track to join the South Deeside Road. Turn left and follow the road to cross Bridge of Muick (no.5) and after 100m a small bridge over the Brackley Burn (no.6).
  4. Continue along the road, taking care on the bends and return to Ballater over the Dee at Ballater Bridge (no. 7).

2) Golf Course Walk

Distance 2 miles /3.2 km. Time 1 hour. Grade easy. Waymarked route.
A very attractive short walk on level ground, with fine open views of the surrounding hills, following the course of the river. Dogs must be on a lead beside the golf course.

  1. Starting at Station Square, follow the A93 (SE) along Bridge Street to Ballater Bridge and follow the green marker to right of bridge to riverside. Turning right (upstream), follow the path through the 2 gates and caravan site to golf course.
  2. Continue along riverside path to picnic site and turn right back towards the village along Old Line Road and Dundarroch road before turning left up Invercauld road to A93 Braemar road turning right to return into the village.

3) Craigendarroch Walk

Distance 2 miles/ 3.2 km. Grade difficult (200m ascent). Waymarked route.
A variety of very attractive paths lead around the oak wood of Craigendarroch and up to the top, all just 5 minutes walk from the village centre. The summit offers panoramic views of Lochnagar, the Coyles of Muick and the village of Ballater itself, as well as views of the Dee valley. Care is needed on the steep rocky section to the top.

  1. From Station Square take the A93 Braemar road west for 400m and turn right into “Craigendarroch Walk”. Follow the path into the wood beside the first house on the left sign-posted “To Top and Round”.
  2. In about 50m the path divides, bear left to follow the path round the west side of the hill, climbing gradually. Bear right at the fork sign-posted “To Top” and climb steeply to the cairn at the summit.
  3. Descend following the way-markers to the northeast and rejoin the circular route around the hill. Here you can turn left to follow the path round the north side above the pass of Ballater, or turn right to follow the path by the east route back into Ballater.

4) Sgor Buidhe Walk

Distance 5 miles/ 8 km. Time 2 ½ - 3 ½ hours. Grade difficult (270m ascent). Waymarked route. A splendid panoramic view of surrounding hills and the Dee valley, reached by way of a climb under the brow of Sgor Buidhe to the radio mast above.

  1. Starting from the platform behind Station Square follow the yellow way marker up through the houses and across the road to the “Cinder Path” behind the recreation ground pavilion.
  2. Continue on the path to Morven Way and onto the road through the Pass of Ballater. Turning right (E) go 350m, then take a track on the left (NE) and climb steeply up through forest and then moorland to the viewpoint near the radio mast.
  3. Return by the same route.

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