Loch Muick Walk
Enjoy a watersidewalk around the beautiful Loch Muick on this super walk in the Cairngorms. There's a good circular track around the loch with the option of visiting the lovely Glas Allt Shiel waterfall at the western end. The route runs for about 7.5 miles with some small climbs along the way.
The walk starts at the Balmoral Estate visitor centre (near the car park) and heads towards the loch on a good track. You'll cross the River Muick and pass through woodland and countryside before arriving at the loch. The lochside path then takes you to Glas-allt Shiel house, a former country retreat of Queen Victoria. Here you have the option of climbing up to see the Glas Allt Shiel waterfalls. You continue round the loch, crossing pretty burns and passing through old birch woodland as you go. It's a very picturesque area with hills surrounding the loch and a variety of wildlife too. Look out for red squirrel, red deer, oyster catchers, salmon and trout as you make your way round the loch.
If you would like to extend your walking in this area then you could head a few miles south to the Corrie Fee Nature Reserve. Here you'll find more excellent walking trails, a large waterfall and rare plants and flowers. Also on the Balmoral estate is the interesting , Balmoral Cairns Walk which visits the historic castle and a series of cairns dedicated to members of the British royal family and events in their lives.
The climb to Lochnagar Mountain starts from the same car park. It's a challenging hike, heading west to Meikle Pap and the 1155 metre summit of the mountain.
PostcodeAB35 5SU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Loch Muick Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Loch Muick Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Loch Muick OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Loch Muick Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into the nearby town of Ballater and there are several nice pubs and cafes. One noteworthy establishment is the excellent Clachan Grill. 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
A few miles to the west there's Loch Callater where there's a rugged circular trail to try. You can follow a section of the Jocks Road along the scenic loch.
In Ballater you could pick up the popular 7 Bridges Walk. The circular walk explores the area around the town visiting a series of old bridges.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cairngorms Walks page.