Best trails in Ballater, Aberdeenshire

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Looking for a great trail near Ballater, Aberdeenshire? AllTrails has 32 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Cairngorms National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Bennachie Forest or Fetteresso Forest. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Ballater ranging from 1.4 to 38.6 miles and from 692 to 3,398 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Ballater, Aberdeenshire
Top trails (32)
#1 - Loch Muick Circular
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
NOTE: Remember to bring 4 pounds for parking and bear in mind the machine doesn't give change. This is a great,scenic trail that is suitable for all ages. There is a rocky section that can be tricky in wet conditions, so take caution and bring proper footwear as the footing is a bit tricky. Show more
#2 - Lochnagar Munro's 55, 56, 57 and 58
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 18.1 mi • Est. 10 h 9 m
This trail provides excellent views and good wildlife viewing opportunities. The entire route follows a good path except for the descent to Loch Dubh, which is off trail down a steep slope.Show more
#3 - Cairnwell 52, 53 and 54
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
#4 - Mount Keen
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 6 h 23 m
Mount Keen is the most easterly munro. This route is the shortest path to the peak and starts in the Invermark car park in Glen Esk. The views from the top are incredible, especially on a clear day.Show more
#5 - Meikle Pap, Cac Carn Mor and Lochnagar
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 7 h 18 m
This route features panoramic views and a path that is easy to follow. Begin at the car park on Loch Muick Road and pass the Spittal of Glenmuick Visitors Centre. Turn right to take the route counter clockwise.Show more
#6 - Balmoral Cairns
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
#7 - Around Ballater Golf Course
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
A circular walk from the village of Ballater in Aberdeenshire. The walk performs a simple circuit around the edge of Ballater Golf Course on beautiful riverside paths with lovely views. There is even a chance for a paddle in the River Dee at a pebble beach, great for dogs, kids and those of us that are kids at heart. In terms of accessibility, this is a walk for all the family as it follows easy paths, however due to flooding damage a few years ago the second half of the route is more uneven underfoot and probably not suitable for anyone unsteady on their feet. Part of the route takes you along the side of the golf course, so please show consideration for the golfers by passing quietly if they are playing nearby and watch out for any stray flying golf balls. You will need to negotiate a simple gate and some gateways, but there are no stiles or livestock on route. Allow 1 hour. Show more
#8 - Craigendarroch Summit
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 53 m
A circular and strenuous walk from the village of Ballater in Aberdeenshire. The distinctive pudding-bowl shape of Craigendarroch dominates the Ballater skyline so it would be a shame not to go up it at least once. Plus, the view from the top is one of the best on Deeside. Also, at the top is a distinctive geological feature: deep score-marks in the exposed rock caused by smaller rocks dragged across it by a glacier that covered the whole of Deeside during the Ice Age. The walk includes a long and steep climb to the summit. The pudding bowl-shape of Craigendarroch means that near the top, the path (which is no more than a wide rabbit-track), becomes steep, rocky and slippery when it is wet or icy. Expect to clamber over stones and rocks. This is definitely not one for anyone who is at all unsteady on their feet or young children. Proper hillwalking boots or at least sturdy trainers with good grips are strongly advised. You will need to negotiate some gates but there are no stiles or livestock on route. Be aware that there are steep crags to the north and south of the summit. The path described here does not take you close to them but, in case you inadvertently lose the path, always keep a close look-out ahead and ensure that children and dogs are under close adult supervision. Allow 1.5 hours.Show more
#9 - Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochan Uiane
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 18 mi • Est. 10 h 20 m
#10 - Queen's Drive Circular
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
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