GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ballater Walks - Near and Around

1 miles (2 km)

This Burgh in Aberdeenshire is located in a fine spot on the River Dee. It's proximity to the Cairngorms National Park makes it a fine base for walkers.
One way to explore the area is to try the 7 Bridges Walk. This circular walk explores the countryside around the town visiting several bridges on the River Dee and River Muick which run through the area.
There's also Monaltrie Park on the eastern side of town and the climb to Craigendarroch Hill to the north. There's excellent views over the town and surrounding area from this viewpoint. See the map links below for details of the footpaths in the area. Scroll down for a list of walks near and around the town.
For more information on the history, climate, local attractions, transport links and the royal connection to Balmoral Castle see the informative wikipedia page.


AB35 5QP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Ballater OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ballater Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Ballater

  • 7 Bridges - This popular circular walk takes you around the town of Ballater, visiting several bridges on the River Dee and the River Muick
  • Glen Tanar - Enjoy peaceful woodland and riverside trails along the Water of Tanar on this lovely Cairngorms walk
  • Balmoral Cairns - This walk visits a series of stone cairns on the estate of Balmoral Castle in Deeside
  • Loch Muick - Enjoy a watersidewalk around the beautiful Loch Muick on this super walk in the Cairngorms
  • Lochnagar - This challenging walk climbs to Lochnagar Mountain in the Grampians of Scotland.
    The walk starts from the Balmoral Estate visitor centre where there is parking available
  • Loch of Aboyne - This walk visits the Loch of AboyneinGrampian
  • Dess Waterfall - This walk visits the Sloc of Dess Waterfall near Aboyne in Grampian
  • Loch Kinord - Enjoy an easy circular walk around this delightful loch and nature reserve in the Cairngorms
  • Mount Keen - This is the shortest route to the summit of Mount Keen, the most easterly of the Scottish Munros
  • Loch Callater - This walk visits the beautiful Loch Callater near Braemar inAberdeenshire.
  • Loch Brandy - This walk in Glen Clova visits the lovely Loch Brandy.
    The walk starts from the car park in Clova


Head to the Clachan Grill for some post walk refreshment. This pub is located right next to the River Dee and includes a nice outdoor seating area with great views of the surrounding pine trees. The food is excellent and the pub is also dog friendly in the bar area. You can find it at 5 Bridge St with a postcode of AB35 5QP for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Cairngorms Walks page.


Ballater - - 262416

Ballater. From the north bank of River Dee approach to Ballater bridge.

Entrance to Monaltrie Park - - 872155

Entrance to Monaltrie Park. A pleasant place for a stroll on the eastern side of town.

Craigendarroch - overlooking Ballater - - 847858

Craigendarroch - overlooking Ballater. Located north of the town. This sign has been constructed at the viewpoint to provide visitors with information about the hill and the surrounding area.

The Royal Bridge, Ballater - - 870054

The Royal Bridge, Ballater

River Dee at Ballater - - 1033767

River Dee

Ballater from the bridge over the River Dee - - 1021435

Ballater from the bridge over the River Dee

Platform, site of Ballater Station (geograph 6377805)

Platform, site of Ballater Station

Ballater Views - - 197734

The view across to Carn Dearg just west out of Ballater.


GPS Files

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