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Ballater to Tomintoul

Nearby in Dinnet, the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve and the Glen Tanar Estate inspire you with a host of walking opportunities and idyllic vistas and lochs. Remote and tranquil Strathdon offers another option in the area. On the fourth Saturday of August, experience its unique take on a Highland Games called the Lonach Gathering, renowned for its friendly atmosphere. Continuing on your journey through the Upper Donside area to Corgarff and over the Lecht will take you past some more unconventional tourist attractions, such as the mysterious ringing stone of Richachary and the Bridge of Gairn. The River Don winds by the road through the landscape which goes from farmland to woodland lined with birch and pine to carefully managed moorlands. The ever-changing scenery is a photographer’s dream and wildlife abundant. There are pit-stops for a coffee and cake and gift shopping as well as local art and photography exhibitions. Stunning Corgarff Castle is steeped in history with fantastic views.
Strathdon is rich in scenic beauty and places of interest with marvellous opportunities to observe wildlife. Famous for the Lonach Gathering in August.
Corgarff, part of the Upper Donside and Strathdon area, is steeped in history with Corgarff Castle a stunning hidden gem in the landscape.
A small village, Dinnet wows its visitors with idyllic vistas, rugged crags and luscious lochs situated next to the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve.
In the centre of Royal Deeside, and at the heart of the Snow Roads, is Ballater a place with a strong royal connection and a bustling community.
Tomintoul is the highest village in the Caingorms and the largest community on Glenlivet Estate. It oozes history and rugged grandeur.