Looking for a great trail near Ballater, Aberdeenshire? AllTrails has 26 great hiking trails, 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. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Ballater ranging from 1.4 to 38.6 miles and from 692 to 3,753 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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This is a nice walk if you don't feel like hiking hiking. Lots of green, a beautiful river, and a 7th century monestery.

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no shade
1 month ago

The trail from the car park is a 4WD ACCESS ROAD so easy to follow. Fork left or right depending on the side of the loch u want to visit. Jocks Road goes Left. Jocks Road changes as it reaches the Loch to a single track that runs the side of Loch Callater then up and over to Glenn Dolll. If you are planning the full route then know how to read a map use a compass or follow GPS as easy to get lost on the upper plateau after you scramble Up the grassy hillside. The single track path is not easy to see.

Amazing loop. I got it done in 3 hours while running on flat/decline and slow to mid pace hiking on the inclines.

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over grown
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to walk, iW closed to the public forest road. Unfortunately we had a very stiff letter from the front. By the river along which one goes very picturesque.

Family favourite

Absolutely wonderful place to go for hiking! In my opinion is the best place to go in Aberdeenshire if you like hiking and you wish to see an amazing Scottish scenery.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Great little 3 km hike into the unknown. I would recommend to all for the spectacular view above and across Ballater village from the summit. The weather and conditions where perfect for it, although some of the paths were muddy due to last nights rain but easily passable, should not be recommend as hard, I would personally say easy > moderate at best.

hiking
2 months ago

nice walk, easy and well indicated with a superb view from the top.

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rocky
3 months ago

I used to run this as part of the Ballater Highland games. But we use to run straight up it! Good views over Ballater and the Dee

one of my favourite walks! Great for spotting mushrooms and there's even a pretty waterfall. it says the walk should take an hour but at a leisurely pace, it took me 45 minutes.

A good route to include a night by the Loch. The entire route follows a good path except for the descent to loch Dubh which is off trail down a steep slope which impedes progress. Excellent views and a large amount of wildlife about.

lovely scenic walk, great for beginners, beautiful views. Even in the heavy rain we saw so many dear up close, bridge that is out has been replaced with logs which can be crossed when water isn't too high

You can easily extend this walk to take in, Craig Vallich summit and Pannanich Hill before descending into Ballater. Approx 10km, lovely walk.

Dog friendly flat track for a quick walk, good if it’s been lashing it down.

hiking
4 months ago

Good walk, Landry track to the top with fab views when you get to the top and it opens out into the moor. Dog friendly.

be warned a footbridge at the end of the path is out and you will need to wade through knee deep freezing water to make the full circuit

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muddy
5 months ago

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rocky
snow
5 months ago

Amazing but bare in mind, you’ll be climbing over some rocks, it’s deemed as ‘hard trail’ for a reason

enjoyable walk for those with good fitness. paths are easily visible apart from snow coverage here and there. Great for wildlife if time is taken to look for it.

great walk, easier now with path most the way till the boulders. Also another path in through the Balmoral Estate. Think it is still usable which takes you to the Loch for the climb up.

views far as the eye can see in all directions that are phenomenal. the hike is not particularly hard in my opinion. the wild life was very exciting too. I seen mountain hares for the first time

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Easy moderate incline hike with lovely views at the top.

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