GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


7 Bridges

5 miles (8.8 km)

This popular circular walk takes you around the town of Ballater, visiting several bridges on the River Dee and the River Muick. The walk runs for just over 5 miles with some lovely riverside paths, peaceful woodland trails and great views of the surrounding Cairngorms Mountains.
The walk starts in the town centre and follows the waymarked path to Ballater Bridge where you cross the river. You then follow the South Deeside Road to the Bridge of Muick, where you cross the River Muick.
The next section heads north west along The Avenue which runs through Dalhefour Wood. Here you have the option of taking a small detour and visiting Knock Castle, just to the west of the path. The four-storey ruin, dates from approximately 1600 and has an interesting history.
After leaving Dalhefour Wood you cross the river on Polhollick Bridge, a white iron suspension bridge dating from the late 19th century. You then turn east to follow a riverside path to the Bridge of Gairn. Here you cross the River Gairn and turn south east to follow the trail along the Dee and back into the town centre.
Ballater is located close to both Loch Muick and Loch Kinord where there's some lovely waterside paths to try.

7 Bridges OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

7 Bridges Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Ballater - geograph.org.uk - 262416

Ballater

The Royal Bridge, Ballater - geograph.org.uk - 870050

The Royal Bridge, Ballater

Upstream River Dee - geograph.org.uk - 914853

Upstream River Dee

Upstream face of Bridge of Muick - geograph.org.uk - 837901

Upstream face of Bridge of Muick

River Dee - geograph.org.uk - 33338

Rushing River Dee

Polhollick Bridge and ferryman's cottage - geograph.org.uk - 837997

Polhollick Bridge and ferryman's cottage

Fields below the Bridge of Gairn - geograph.org.uk - 1464944

Fields below the Bridge of Gairn

Bridge of Gairn - geograph.org.uk - 377848

Bridge of Gairn

GPS Files

GPX File

7 Bridges.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

7 Bridges.mmo (right click - 'Save As')