Conachcraig and Gelder Shiel, from Balmoral

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Conachcraig can be easily climbed as a detour from the normal route up Lochnagar. This longer approach from the north, however, enables a better appreciation of this Corbett in its own right; the bothy at Gelder Shiel can be visited en route and there are superb views of Lochnagar throughout. Access to the first part of this walk may be restricted when the Royal Family are in residence at Balmoral.


Good landrover tracks for approach; optional route via bothy has rough, boggy path. Hill path on ascent of Conachcraig; pathless heather descent.

Public Transport

Bus to Balmoral car park.


Car park at Crathie (charge). Map and directions.

Deer Stalking information

North of summit: Abergeldie. South of summit: Balmoral. Stalking on both areas between late Aug and 20 Oct. No stalking on Sundays. Recorded phone message: 01339 755532. If further information is needed, please e-mail at least a couple of days in advance or phone 01339 742556.

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