Braemar and Upper Deeside


Braemar is one of Scotland's highest villages and a superb centre for hillwalkers, southern gateway to the Cairngorms. The magnificent pinewoods of Glen Derry and Luibeg may be less extensive than their northern counterparts, but from this side the Cairngorms seem more individual rather than forming a great wall as they do from the Spey; and the long approach walks to reach the arctic plateaux add to the magic.

One of Scotland's fastest flowing rivers, the Dee flows out from the High Cairngorms to carve a beautiful course out, crashing through the Linn of Dee before continuing on to Braemar and beyond. To the south the Cairnwell Pass - often snowbound in winter - climbs high over the mountains, greatly easing the ascent of the rounded hills on either side.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Linn of Quoich circuit 4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Queen's Drive and River Clunie, Braemar 4.5km 1.5 hours
Braemar riverside walk 5km 1.5 - 2 hours
The Colonel's Bed, Inverey 5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Keiloch Crag, near Braemar 5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Derry Lodge and the Linn of Dee 11km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Loch Callater near Braemar 11.5km 3 - 3.5 hours
Creag Choinnich, Braemar 2.5km 1 - 2 hours
Morrone Birkwood, Braemar 4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
The Lion's Face and the Cromlins, Braemar 5.5km 2 - 3 hours
Around Craig Leek, near Braemar 8.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Clais Fhearnaig circuit 15.5km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
Morrone ascent, Braemar 12km 4 - 5 hours
Carn na Drochaide, from Linn of Quoich 12km 4 - 5 hours
The Cairnwell Munros 13km 5 - 6 hours
Creag nan Gabhar circuit 14.5km 5 - 6 hours
An Socach from Glen Clunie 15.75km 5 - 6 hours
Glas Maol Munros circuit, Cairnwell Pass 19.5km 7 - 8 hours
Sgor Mor circular, from the Linn of Dee 20.75km 6 - 7 hours
Carn a'Mhaim from the Linn of Dee 22.5km 6 - 7 hours
Culardoch and Carn Liath, from Keiloch 23.75km 7.5 - 8.5 hours
Tolmount and Tom Buidhe via Loch Callater 26.5km 8 - 10 hours
Beinn a' Bhuird 28km 7 - 9 hours
Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm 29km 9 - 11 hours
Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Bhreac 29km 8 - 10 hours
Beinn Mheadhoin & Derry Cairngorm from Deeside 31km 9 - 10 hours
Beinn Iutharn Mhor and Carn Bhac, Inverey 32km 9 - 10 hours
Ben Avon via Gleann an-Slugain 33.5km 8 - 10 hours
An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidhleir 42km 11 - 12 hours

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