Braemar and Upper Deeside

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 Length Time
Linn of Dee circuit, Linn of Dee, near Braemar grade3km 1 hour
Queen's Drive and River Clunie, Braemar grade4.5km 1.5 hours
Keiloch Crag, near Braemar grade5km 1.5 - 2 hours
The Colonel's Bed, Inverey grade5km 1 - 1.5 hours
River Dee riverside walk, Braemar grade5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Derry Lodge, from the Linn of Dee grade11km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Loch Callater near Braemar grade11.5km 3 - 3.5 hours
Creag Chòinnich, Braemar gradegrade2.5km 1 - 2 hours
Morrone Birkwood, Braemar gradegrade4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Linn of Quoich - The Punchbowl gradegrade4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
The Lion's Face and the Cromlins, Braemar gradegrade5.5km 2 - 3 hours
Around Craig Leek, near Braemar gradegrade8.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Clais Fhearnaig circuit gradegrade16.25km 4 - 4.5 hours
Morrone ascent, Braemar gradegradegrade12km 4 - 5 hours
Càrn na Drochaide, from Linn of Quoich gradegradegrade12.5km 4 - 5 hours
The Cairnwell Munros gradegradegrade13km 5 - 6 hours
Creag nan Gabhar circuit gradegradegrade14.5km 5 - 6 hours
An Socach from Glen Clunie gradegradegrade15.75km 5 - 6 hours
Glas Maol Munros circuit, Cairnwell Pass gradegradegradegrade19.25km 6.5 - 7.5 hours
Sgòr Mòr circular, from the Linn of Dee gradegradegradegrade20.75km 6 - 7 hours
Càrn a'Mhaim from the Linn of Dee gradegradegradegrade22.5km 6 - 7 hours
Culardoch and Creag an Dail Bheag, Keiloch gradegradegradegrade23.75km 7.5 - 8.5 hours
Tolmount and Tom Buidhe via Loch Callater gradegradegradegrade26.5km 8 - 10 hours
Beinn a' Bhùird gradegradegradegrade28km 7 - 9 hours
Beinn a' Chaorainn & Beinn Bhreac gradegradegradegrade29km 8 - 10 hours
Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm gradegradegradegrade29km 9 - 11 hours
Lairig Ghru gradegradegradegrade30.5km 8 - 10 hours
Beinn Mheadhoin & Derry Cairngorm, Deeside gradegradegradegrade31km 9 - 10 hours
Beinn Iutharn Mhòr and Càrn Bhac, Inverey gradegradegradegrade32km 9 - 10 hours
Ben Avon via Gleann an-Slugain gradegradegradegrade33.5km 8 - 10 hours
An Sgarsoch and Càrn an Fhidhleir gradegradegradegrade42km 11 - 12 hours

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