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.