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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.

Around Craigendarroch

A hidden gem, mostly undemanding, but some steep sections, keep children close.
Starting point: Craigendarroch Walk, 300 metres from Ballater village centre. 
Distance:  short (1.7 miles / 2.7km) 
Climb: 50m
Difficulty: medium
Underfoot: narrow footpath, rocky and can be muddy and a bit slippy in places.
Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 
Scenic value: 8/10
Overall rating: 8/10 

Key: the navy blue line is the path, the light-blue short lines indicate some other paths leading off my suggested route. A view-point and bench are also marked to help you orientate yourself. 

Comments:  Don't dismiss this walk around Craigendarroch in favour of the walk to the summit. The views over the Pass of Ballater to the cliffs of Creag an t-Seabhaig and down the Dee valley are beautiful and on the shaded north side of the hill the fauna around the path becomes almost tropical. However, the path is at times very uneven underfoot, it can be narrow and on the last part of the walk the path can be a bit unclear. 

On the Google Map above I've marked in the route I suggest in navy blue, starting out via the green flag and returning via the red flag. I've also marked in the starts of other paths that lead of the path I suggest you follow to help you keep your bearings. 

Generally there are a number of paths on Craigendarroch, especially on the east side. If you get a bit lost and find your following one that doesn't seem to fit with what I've suggested don't worry too much, it will almost certainly lead you back to Ballater before too long. 


  1. Thank you for putting these routes together, they really enhanced our short stay in Ballater!

  2. Thank you for putting these routes together, they really enhanced our short stay in Ballater!

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  4. Thanks everyone for the comments. I'm glad the routes were helpful. It's a beautiful walk.

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