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

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

Toplis Bothy

The Toplis Bothy lies on the A939 road from Tomintoul to Ballater, close to The Well of the Lecht. The now derelict bothy has an intriguing history thanks to Percy Toplis, a renowned criminal, who was found hiding out in the bothy in the... read more

Toplis Bothy

A small bothy near the Well of the Lecht with an intriguing history

Cargill's Leap

Donald Cargill was born in Rattray and was a Presbyterian minister and Covenanter. The Covenanters pledged to maintain their own way of worship following the signing of the National Covenant in 1638.  But during the latter half of... read more

Cargill's Leap

A short walk from Blairgowrie along the River Ericht will take you to Cargill’s Leap - the point at which the famous Covenanter, Donald Cargill, is said to have escaped Government troops by jumping across the river.

Tomintoul and Glenlivet

Tomintoul is the highest village in the Caingorms and the largest community on Glenlivet Estate.  It oozes history and rugged grandeur, having been founded by a Duke in the 18th century. 

Situated halfway between... read more

Tomintoul and Glenlivet

Tomintoul is the highest village in the Cairngorms and the largest community on Glenlivet Estate. It is known for its abundance of sporting pursuits, including a vast network of biking and walking trails. Whisky also plays an important roll with many distilleries just a stone's throw away.

Glenshee

Glenshee is located in a very central position in Scotland, with all of Scotland’s major cities no more than two hours’ drive away. Offering some of the highest peaks in Scotland, fertile farmland and rolling hills, the rugged landscape of... read more

Glenshee

Glenshee is known as the Glen of the Fairies due to its magical atmosphere and it caters for year-round sports against a rugged backdrop.

http://www.glenofthefairies.co.uk/

Bluebell (Darroch) Woods

The route mainly follows good level paths with gentle gradients.  From the beginning of April some of the woodlands are covered in bluebells making for a lovely photo. 

If you follow the path at White Loch you may also see... read more

Bluebell (Darroch) Woods

The Bluebell Wood trail is a two-mile circular route taking in Darroch Wood, Ardblair Wood, Fingask Loch and White Loch where, as well as bluebells in the oak woodlands, osprey are regularly seen fishing

http://www.pkc.gov.uk/media/25245/Blairgowrie-path-network-leaflet/pdf/blairgowrie_paths_2014

Darroch Wood
Blairgowrie

Burn O' Vat

Its a short walk to this impressive geological feature which begins at Burn O' Vat visitor centre car park. There is also an option to take in a four mile circular route which will take around an hour and a half to two... read more

Burn O' Vat

A circular walk from the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve Visitor Centre takes you to this impressive geological feature known as the Burn O' Vat, a deep water gouged bowl that you can enter.

01339 881667

Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, Dinnet, Aboyne
AB34 5NB

Canyoning and Gorge Walking

Ailnack Gorge

A short distance from Tomintoul is the Ailnack Gorge, Scotland's largest glacial melt water channel at 600 ft wide, 300 ft deep and 6 miles long.

You can walk from the village on a good walking path and the wooded slopes... read more

Ailnack Gorge

At 600 ft wide, 300 ft deep and 6 miles long, the Ailnack Gorge is Scotland's largest glacial melt water channel.

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.

Packhorse Bridge

This picturesque structure spans the Livet where it tumbles through a narrow, rocky gorge at Bridgend. It is thought to have been built at the same time as nearby Blairfindy Castle. Two arches of the bridge still survive, the third having... read more

Packhorse Bridge

The Packhorse bridge provides a picturesque location for a picnic and a lovely photo opportunity.