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The Best Ballater Walks

There are many things to in the Cairngorms National Park. The nature around the area is stunning and you will feel encouraged to see the landscape from all altitudes.

For you to do less research and more discovering we have shared the best walks from around Ballater. Walks will have a detailed description of the route, length, starting point and some images all so you can choose what best suits you on your day out in the Cairngorms.

Different days for different activities… you can find more things to do in Ballater by looking through our inspirational guides on castles, cycling and much more.

Discover The Best Walks in Ballater

Sgor Buidhe Circuit, Ballater

Sgor Buidhe Circuit, Ballater

Sgor Buidhe Circuit Walk Starting Point: Restored Railway Station. Distance: 11.67km / 7.25 miles Time: 3-3.5 hrs Ascent: 410m Enjoy enchanting views of Royal Deeside The clue is in the name: Sgor Buidhe, meaning yellow peak in Gaelic, is an uphill walk that delivers stunning views of the valley below and neighbouring mountains. The terrain is varied, taking you up […]
Craigendarroch Oakwoods

Craigendarroch Oakwoods

Craigdendarroch may be a small hill, but it has a big place in the affections of Ballater folk. It is a steep walk, but when you reach the top you will be rewarded with superb views across Ballater and all the way to Cairngorms.
Lochnagar from Glen Muick

Lochnagar from Glen Muick

The Famous Lochnagar Walk Starting point: Car Park up Glen Muick. Distance: 19km / 11.75 miles. Time: 6-7 hours. Ascent: 930m. Explore beautiful landscapes in the Cairngorms Lochnagar is the most popular mountain of the Cairngorms. From the high Lochnagar ridge you will have superb views of the Cairngorms and the moorlands of the Balmoral estate. Along this track you […]
Seven Bridges and Knock Castle, Ballater

Seven Bridges and Knock Castle, Ballater

There are plenty of things to do in Ballater and one of these is hiking through the beautiful highlands. 7 Bridges has water, mountains and much more just on your doorstep. You can follow our step-by-step guide and enjoy a relaxed day in the nature.
Loch Muick Circuit

Loch Muick Circuit

Starting Point: Carpark at the Spittal of Glenshee. Distance: 12.5km / 7.75 miles. Time: 3 – 3.5 hours. Ascent: 170m. The circuit of Loch Muick will give you beautiful views of the surrounding hills. It is a gentle trail with pleasant stopping places along the way. There is an optional detour to a waterfall from where you will have stunning […]

When can I go for some of these Ballater walks?

The Cairngorms National Park has plenty of options for walking through the landscapes in all seasons. The ever changing surroundings will make you think that the same trek you went on just months earlier, was in a completely different country all together.

In the middle of the Cairngorms is Ballater. Experience new opportunities by opening your front door, and start a journey towards mythical munroes, a picture-esque loch or pay a visit to the royal villages delicatesse in the centre of Ballater. Walk now!

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