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Ballater and Old Railway East

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Cairngorms National Park

Ballater and Old Railway East is a 2.6 mile point-to-point trail located near Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 150 feet Route Type: Point to Point


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A walk from the village of Ballater in Deeside, Aberdeenshire. The walk follows a stretch of the old railway heading east, providing easy walking and passing two sites of historical interest along the way; Tullich Chapel and The Souterrain. The turning point is at Cambus O'May where you will find The Riverside Cottage cafe and The Cambus O'May artisan cheese company creamery (with a visitor viewing platform). Once you reach the turning point, you can retrace your steps (giving a total walking distance of about 5 miles) or you can catch a bus back to Ballater (reducing the walking distance to about 2.5 miles). The walk follows mostly a wide, relatively flat, hard path for its full length, although some sections can be a little muddy. There are a couple of road crossings, including a crossing of the A93 that needs care. There are no kissing gates or stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate a couple of staggered barriers at a road crossing. Access to the rail path at the start is via a set of steps or a ramp. With this in mind, the route would be suitable for rugged pushchairs or mobility buggies. You may be sharing the path with cyclists. The old rail line is enclosed away from fields, so you will not be sharing your path with livestock. Allow 2 hours.

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

4 months ago

Sat Jun 01 2019

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Sat Jun 01 2019