Date/Time

Date(s) - 21/07/2024
8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Walk Details

Pub Stop?: If Time Permits
O/S Map Sheet No.: 44
Grid Ref. Start: 479 965
Grid Ref. Finish 369 957
Walk (Miles): 14.5
Walk Hours: 7.5
Bus Time to Walk:1.5 hrs
Bus Time from Walk: 1.5 hrs
Departure time from walk: 5:00 pm


Walk Notes

Bus departs Aberdeen at 08.00am

O.S. Map 44  

The through walk today starts from the Glen Tanar parking area, walking up the Glen with the option of climbing Cairn Leuchan and/or Pannanich Hill before descending  into Ballater.

 

The walk starts at the parking area near the visitor centre in Glen Tanar NGR479 965. Cross the bridge, turn right and follow the track which passes St. Lesmo’s Chapel and turn right at the T junction, continue to cross a bridge on the right passing a loch on the right. The track continues up the glen, keeping to the North side of the Water of Tanar passing the “Half Way Hut” (this is not half way on our walk) to soon emerge from the trees. Cross the bridge near Etnach to soon recross the river at another bridge. Continue to NGR 407 897 (approx.7miles/11.25km up the glen) East of the ruin of Shiel of Glentanar and near the foot bridge over the Water of Tanar on the left, where you have a choice of your onward route. The longer route (Route 1) continues Westwards to climb Cairn Leuchan and Pannanich Hill, the slightly shorter route (Route 2) climbs over Pannanich Hill.

Route 1:- Continue Westwards on the track remaining on the North side of the river passing the Shiel of Glentanar ruin. The path soon disappears but continue in a Westerly direction for approx. 0.75mile/1.3km to pick up a land rover track at NGR 380 891 and turn right, North, which climbs to Cairn Leuchan, NRG 380 910, the highest point on today’s walk at 2300ft/700m. Descend Northwards to a track junction at NGR 380919, take the track on the right, East then NorthEastwards, ignoring tracks off left and right, to climb Pannanich Hill, NGR 393 944, 1971ft/601m. From the summit continue on the track downhill which soon turns Westwards towards the House of Glenmuick. Just before the house take the track on the right Northwards and then left to pass between two small lochans. The path soon reaches the B976 road, cross the bridge into Ballater. The bus will be parked in the main car park in the square behind the church. NGR 369 957.

Distance approx.15.5milels/25km    2277ft/695m ascent

Total distance: 24774 m
Max elevation: 694 m
Min elevation: 154 m
Download file: Route-1-Glen-Taner-to-Ballater.gpx

Route 2:- From NGR 407 897 take the path on the right, “Mounth Road”, which climbs steadily Northwards and then turns Northwest to cross over Lach na Gualainn to pick up a track at NGR 385 922. Turn right, Northwards to climb Pannanich Hill NGR 393 944. 601m. From the summit continue on the track downhill which soon turns Westwards towards the House of Glenmuick. Just before the house take the track on the right Northwards and then left to pass between two small lochans. The path soon reaches the B976 road, cross the bridge into Ballater. The bus will be parked in the main car park in the square behind the church. NGR 369 957.

Distance approx.13.6miles/21.9km    2000ft/610m ascent

Total distance: 21861 m
Max elevation: 608 m
Min elevation: 154 m
Download file: Route-2-Glen-Tanar-to-Ballater.gpx

 

Route 3:- Anyone requiring a shorter walk should remain on the bus and get dropped off near the crossroads in Dinnet. Walk into Ballater along the old Deeside railway track.

Distance approx.7miles/11.25km

Total distance: 10724 m
Max elevation: 201 m
Min elevation: 160 m
Download file: Dinnet-to-Ballater.gpx

 

Route 4:- Alternatively get off the bus near Cambus o’ May to walk into Ballater along the old Deeside railway line.

Distance approx. 4.5miles/7.2km

 

Bus departs 5.00pm for Aberdeen at 6.30pm

The above notes are for guidance only and are intended as an aid to be used along with a map and compass and/or a GPS device with OS maps.

In the event of an emergency arising, the person in charge of the bus today should be notified, if possible, before the emergency services are contacted on 999.

Committee member in charge of today’s walk is Alan Wallace. Mobile No.07597311049

 

Bookings

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