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SnowRoads champions a road less travelled.  Discover a wild and untouched area with hidden treasures.

Tomintoul Bird Hide

This bird hide is located in Tomintoul which is on the Glenlivet Estate.  The area is a stronghold for wading birds and is one of the best breeding areas in North East  of Scotland. 

Curlew, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Snipe... read more

Tomintoul Bird Hide

Pay a visit to the hide to see how many Curlew, Lapwing (Peesies), Oystercatcher, Snipe and Redshank you can spot in one of the best breeding areas for waders in the North East of Scotland.

Tomintoul/Glenlivet Estate

Clach Na Coileach (The Cockstane)

 In the 15th century the Lords Superior of the glen were the Earls of Atholl. Their taxmen collected their dues on a regular basis. Quite often they would take a little more than they were actually due.

On one occasion,... read more

Clach Na Coileach (The Cockstane)

The Cock’s Stone lies close to west side of the A93, just a few hundred yards north of the Wee House of Glenshee. It’s said to symbolise the moment a cockerel confronted the tax men in the 15th Century.

Ringing Stone (aka Ringing Stane)

The ringing stone near Ballater is a mysterious stone which you can 'play' near Ballater.

Loch Callater

You can take a seven mile walk from the Auchallater car park just south of Braemar.  You can also walk around the loch but this is a slightly more demanding route and involves crossing the inflow river.  

The loch is... read more

Loch Callater

Loch Callater is freshwater loch around five miles south of Braemar.

Loch Callater, Braemar

Linn of Quoich

This spot offers a  picturesque stopping point and a quieter option to the nearby Linn of Dee.   The area was a favourite of Queen Victoria.

Take the alking route through beautiful forests from the car park which also has... read more

Linn of Quoich

The Linn of Quoich, or the Earl of Mar's Punch Bowl, is a natural hole in a rock midstream that was used as a punchbowl at the end of hunting deer in the neighbouring forest.

Braemar
AB35 5YB (post code approximate)

Linn of Dee (access to Lairig Ghru)

Take the walk starting at the Linn of Dee car park (postcode below is approximate)  through charming woodland to the bridge over the River Dee.   Enjoy the rush of water and spectacular rock formations as the River Dee, flowing down... read more

Linn of Dee (access to Lairig Ghru)

A lovely walk visits the beautiful 300-metre natural rock gorge called the Linn of Dee. A famous beauty spot historically favoured by Queen Victoria.

Braemar, Mar Lodge,
AB35 5YB (post code approximate)

Kindrochit Castle (Ruin)

Kindrochit Castle was built mainly as a base for royal hunts but became a strategic power-base on the banks of the Clunie Water, a tributary of the River Dee.  Braemar in medieval days was at the crossroads of two important routes... read more

Kindrochit Castle (Ruin)

Kindrochit Castle is a ruined 14th-century fortification located on the banks of the Clunie River in Braemar.

Kindrochit Castle
Braemar

Glas Allt Waterfall

These picturesque falls can be found flowing into Loch Muick on Balmoral Estate. Take the circular route around the loch to see the waterfall and Glas Allt Shiel House built by Queen Victoria.

Loch Muick
Balmoral Estate

Fodderletter Lum

The chimney can be found on the roadside between Tomintoul and Grantown-on-Spey.

It was built by early road menders in the 1920s and 30s and was restored in 1996 as part of a conservation project run by the Crown Estate and... read more

Fodderletter Lum

One of a series of isolated stone chimneys built by early road menders. When the day's work was done portable walls were placed around the chimney to provide a warm resting place at night.

The Doune of Invernochty

It is said to be one of the finest examples of Norman earthwork castles in Scotland.  It’s a 12th-century castle of which only earthworks survive situated in Strathdon, between the villages of Bellabeg and Strathdon, at the confluence of... read more

The Doune of Invernochty

The Doune of Invernochty is an earthwork castle dating from around 800AD. It is a moated motte and was a stronghold of the Mormaer of Mar and is sometimes described as the 'Citadel of Mar'.