GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch Kinord Walk

3 miles (5.5 km)

Enjoy an easy circular walk around this delightful loch and nature reserve in the Cairngorms. There is a waymarked trail taking you through the woodland and along the loch situated in the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve. The reserve is a wonderful place for flora and fauna with otters,goldeneye ducks, migratinggeeseand other wildfowl to look out for. There are also lots of interesting plants around the water includingwater lobelia,quillwortand shoreweed.
Just to the north you can extend the walk by visiting Loch Davan. To the south you can pick up the Deeside Way in Dinnet. The shared cycling and walking route runs along a disused railway between Aberdeen and Ballater.


AB34 5NB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Loch Kinord OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Loch Kinord Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just to the east in Dinnet you can enjoy some post walk refreshments in the Loch Kinord Hotel. They serve high quality food and have a lovely garden area to sit out in if the weather is fine. You can find them on Ballater Road at postcode AB34 5LW.

Dog Walking

The loch and surrounding woodland is ideal for a dog walk.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a few miles to the east there's another nice trail along the Loch of Aboyne. Near here there's a bit of a hidden gem at the Dess Waterfall. The peaceful spot includes some nice woodland walks along the Dess Burn with picturesque falls to admire as well.
Head west to Ballater and you could pick up the popular 7 Bridges Walk.
A few miles to the south east there's the beautiful Glen Tanar to explore.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cairngorms Walks page.


Loch Kinord at Meikle Kinord - - 105591

Loch Kinord at Meikle Kinord. Looking over the loch from its south-west corner.

Meikle Kinord with Loch Kinord beyond - - 1021496

Meikle Kinord with the Loch beyond. Meikle Kinord is the group of buildings to the left. Loch Kinord beyond is a textbook example of a kettle hole. It was formed when a large block of ice became separated from a melting glacier and was buried by sand and gravel. When that ice finally melted, the sand and gravel that once lay on top of the ice collapsed, leaving a hollow (kettle hole) on the ground surface which later filled with water. The loch is relatively shallow with an average depth of about 2 metres.

Loch Kinord and the crannog - - 903460

Loch view and the Crannog. The vegetation at the edge of the loch has been flattened in places by recent visitors. Through the gap can been seen a crannog. This is an artificial island created around 2,000 years ago. The island was created by pushing large oak trunks into the loch bed and piling layers of stone, earth and timber on top to form the base. A large hut was then built on stilts above the water. Its purpose was defensive. Normally, a causeway would lead from the crannog to the mainland. However, in times of attack, the causeway would be destroyed, leaving the occupants on the island on the loch and the attackers on the mainland. It is thought that many of the lochs in Scotland would have had such dwellings on them, but very few have survived.

Loch Kinord - - 903441

Loch Kinord and the nearby Loch Davan were both formed when the last glaciers melted here more than 10.000 years ago. They are textbook examples of kettle holes. These were formed when large blocks of ice became separated from the melting glacier and were buried by sand and gravel. When that ice finally melted, the sand and gravel that once lay on top of the ice collapsed, leaving a hollow (kettle hole) on the ground surface which later filled with water. The lochs are relatively shallow. Loch Kinord has an average depth of about 2 metres. The shallow depth means that light can penetrate to the loch floor. Consequently, the loch has a rich flora with many species of aquatic plants recorded.

Little Tulloch - - 1203473

Little Tulloch. The house at Little Tulloch as seen from the track over to Glen Tanar. The loch lies beyond.

North east spur of Pannanich Hill - - 1192229

North east spur of Pannanich Hill. Granite is the underlying rock and there are large areas of outcropping rock and boulders. In the middle distance are Loch Davan and Lock Kinord. In the far distance, on the skyline 20 miles away, is Bennachie.

Loch Kinord Hotel, Dinnet - - 791753

Loch Kinord Hotel, Dinnet. The hotel lies to the east of the water.

Path by Loch Kinord - - 792829

Footpath by the loch


GPS Files

GPX File

Loch Kinord.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Loch Kinord.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)