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At present there are 13 walks to choose from, from around Ballater and Loch Kinord - and with more walks added regularly.

Craigendarroch - to the top and back

Starting point: Craigendarroch Walk, 300 metres from Ballater village centre.
Distance: short (2 miles / 3 km)
Climb: hard, 200m
Difficulty: hard, steep in places and uneven underfoot
Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 30 mins
Scenic value: 9/10
Overall rating: 9/10 

View Craigendarroch - up and down in a larger map

Comments: The distinctive pudding-bowl shape of Craigendarroch dominates the Ballater skyline so it would be a shame not to go up it at least once. Plus the view from the top is one of the best on Deeside. Also at the top is a distinctive geological feature: deep score-marks in the exposed rock caused by rocks dragged across it by a glacier that covered the whole of Deeside during the Ice Age. 

However, the pudding bowl-shape means that near the top the path, which is no more than a wide rabbit-track, becomes steep, rocky and slippery when it is wet or icy. Expect to clamber over stones and rocks. Definitely not one for anyone who is at all unsteady on their feet or young children. Proper hill-walking boots are strongly advised.

Beware that there are steep crags to the north and south of the summit. The path I've suggested does not take you close to them but, in case you inadvertently lose the path, always keep a close look-out ahead and ensure that children do not climb the hill except under close adult supervision.  

Please note - I've not included every twist and turn on the path in the map above. Particularly as the path approaches the summit it doubles back on itself and veers around as it picks the best way through the rocks, so don't expect to be able to trace every twist and turn on my map above. 

The green flag indicates my suggested outward path. The red flag marks the return route. My suggested path is marked dark blue but I've put in the start of other paths that lead off it in light blue to help you keep your bearings. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the time and care you’ve put into these instructions. I hiked this with my adult siblings this morning and, with your help, it was a perfect way to start the day.