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The Cairn on Craig Vallich is a 2.2 mile out and back trail located near Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 708 ft Route type Out & Back






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A walk from the village of Ballater in Aberdeenshire. The walk climbs up to reach the cairn on the slopes of Craig Vallich where you will be rewarded with some stunning views. If you have stayed in Ballater for any length of time the chances are you will have seen the solitary, lonely-looking cairn on the hills to the south west of the village, that looks like a sentinel keeping watch on everything that goes on down below. Here are a couple of downsides to this walk: you have to walk a fair way along the edge of the south Deeside road (the B976); also there is a straight steep access road up towards the cairn and back again which can be hard going. The initial (and final) stretch of this walk follows the edge of the B976 road for about 1km without pavements, so please take extra care of the traffic here. The remainder of the walk follows an access lane and tracks leading up the hill, plus a final stretch of 200 metres through the heather to reach the cairn. The total climb is about 220 metres and some sections are quite steep. You will need to negotiate gates, but there are no stiles or livestock on route. Walkers are welcome on the woodland estate that holds the cairn, but workers undertake culling to manage the deer population year-round. The main shooting season is from 12 August to 20 October and during this period you must be especially careful. Follow the guidance of local signage by sticking to the paths and, if you hear the sound of gun-fire, do not approach it. Allow 2 hours.

Ballater is located on the River Dee, within the Cairngorms National Park and about 15 miles east of Braemar. The walk starts and finishes from the Church Square free car park in the village, behind Glenmuik Church. Approximate post code AB35 5NE.

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