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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.

Burn o'Vat, 'MacGregor's Cave'

Children will love the Burn o'Vat. 
Starting point: Burn o' Vat car park on the B9119 between Cambus o' May and Tarland
Distance:  short (0.5 miles / 0.8 km)
Climb: 30m, short steep parts
Difficulty: medium
Underfoot: mixed - good paths generally but slippery rocks to get into into the Vat
Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes
Scenic value: 10/10
Overall rating: 10/10

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Comments: If you've got kids who like scrambling over rocks then of all the walks on Deeside this is without doubt the one for you. A good one for anyone who fancies themselves as a modern-day Indiana Jones too.

In fact, if I was showing someone around Deeside and I had one walk to take them on - this is the one I would choose. 

On the down-side: the scrambling over rocks means comfortable shoes are a must. Those unsteady on their feet are not going to get the most out of it and please ensure you closely supervise over-enthusiastic children. This walk does involve clambering over rocks that can be slippery so please take extra-special care. 

Map of the Burn o' Vat
The Ordinance Survey / Bing Maps view of the same area. 


  1. Went there with the grandsons , well worth seeing and we all had a great day out ! Waterproofs and boots a must ! Ok for dogs too !

  2. Hi Rosie, I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the comment.

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