Well those of you who have any interest in what I am writing may remember what I wrote at the end of the last thread: I said that I wanted to add a walk in Scotland but I didn’t have the time so I thought I would revisit it and add a gem in now.
With so many possible locations and places to go and be amazed by it was a tough old choice. But after much thought and chatting to people I plumped for the Cairngorms!
The Old Forest Walk in Glen Tanar is a brilliant route and htis time of year the forest is a lush evergreen and can provide plenty of shelter is needed!
It’s not too long at about 5 or 6 miles and covers a windy well marked route. It winds through the Old Caledonian pine forest that once covered Scotland. you will get the chance to see red squirrels, Scottish crossbills, red and roe deer as well as Otters and Salmon in the Water of Tamar. the views are stunning and you will be charmed I am sure.
To start the walk go to the car park next to the Braeloine Visitor Centre (you can get maps, guides and other bits and pieces here) and follow the path through the forest out along the banks of the Tanar. The Tanar itself is a tumbling highland river full of giant boulders, deep pools and waterfalls so definitely remember to take your camera. The route continues past the tiny chapel of St Lesmo and the gradually ascends to the Knockie where you will get a fantastic view across the pinewoods. Follow the route downhill and through the glen and you will cross some beautiful stone bridges over the Tanar and Allachy Water. After an old stone shed the path forks taking you either down towards the villages of Aboyne and Dinnet to the right or through some grassy fields and close to the banks of the Tanar if you go to the left and want to finish the walk heading back to the visitor centre.
Whats great about this route is that there is an easy stop off point for food. the Boat Inn in Aboyne is a great traditional inn with a lovely restaurant serving locally sourced produce including steak, fish and cheeses.
If you want to spend the night then try the other local village, Dinnet. Loch Kinord Hotel has a two rosette restaurant, roaring log fires in the lounge and comfortable rooms that come with breakfast included.
for more information on the area have a look here:
So, I hope that makes up for my failure to include something on Scotland last time.
Fingers crossed its not too late for you to get out and enjoy the walk.
have a lovely time.