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.


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). Open start point in Google Maps for 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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