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Ballater / Bealadair

Aberdeenshire


Slow Ways linking Ballater and Aboyne, Alford, Auchronie, Braemar, Clova, Loch Builg, Strathdon, Tomintoul

Scotland / Aberdeenshire / Ballater

Ballater’s eight Slow Ways are 31% checked

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 2/8
verified: 0/8
and surveyed: 0/8

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Walk to Ballater from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Ballater—Aboyne
Balabo one Review me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 81m Descent 155m
Ballater—Alford
Balalf one Pioneer me Distance 40km/25mi Ascent 731m Descent 675m
Ballater—Auchronie
Balauc one Review me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 893m Descent 836m
Braemar—Ballater
Brabal one Pioneer me Distance 31km/19mi Ascent 430m Descent 567m
Clova—Ballater
Clobal one Pioneer me Distance 30km/19mi Ascent 775m Descent 737m
Loch Builg—Ballater
Locbal one Pioneer me Distance 26km/16mi Ascent 626m Descent 340m
Strathdon—Ballater
Strbal one Pioneer me Distance 25km/16mi Ascent 1,022m Descent 1,105m
Strathdon—Ballater
Strbal two Pioneer me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 738m Descent 821m
Tomintoul—Ballater
Tombal one Pioneer me Distance 41km/26mi Ascent 1,455m Descent 1,597m

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Collective progress

31% of Ballater’s eight route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

9/9

drawn

2/9

reviewed

0/9

surveyed

0/9

verified

2 people have contributed to Ballater’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Ballater

40km out of 258km have been walked and reviewed

40km of reviews have been shared in Ballater

Latest Updates

It's not long before you turn up a level grass track and climb through woods onto a good track climbing steadily round the side of Craig Vallich to a tangle of track junctions, make sure you take the right one that joins the path that drops down onto a level boggy area, this is the Mounth. But just because it's important doesn't mean it's a good path. As you come down to the bridge the good track path Aboyne goes down to the forest to the left. I was walking in light to heavy rain, light to strong winds and poor to very poor visibility. This part of the path is good and very clear: fine grained stones, intact path raised up from the peat hags. At Knowe of Crippley the path joins an offroad landrover track and from here on it's a tough walk down to Glen Mark, the track is made of large rocks so shifts easily underfoot, and there are great gouges in the track scoured out by heavy rain. Usually you can paddle across, however, I was doing the walk after heavy rain and both were in spate and it's not a crossing I would have made without my confidence I had the skill to do so. The path is now a thankfully easy farm track past Glenmark house alongside the Water of Mark down to Auchronie....

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Duncan MacAskill surveyed Ballater

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This route follows part of the 66km long Deeside Way long-distance trail between Aberdeen and Ballater along the old railway line. The route through Cambus continues on the old railway line, though there is a narrow path closer to the river, not suitable for bikes, which has better views and is further from the road for the next km. The Slow Way continues on the old railway line to Dinnet (10.5km from Ballater), crossing the Firmounth road just before Old Dinnet station, also a private residence. There are bus stops at Cambus o'May and Dinnet, for services to Ballater and Aboyne (and further afield on Deeside, including into Aberdeen)....

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vickyinglis surveyed Ballater

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Ballater—Aboyne

Slow Ways added Balabo one, a new walk from Ballater to Aboyne

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Ballater—Alford

Slow Ways added Balalf one, a new walk from Ballater to Alford

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Ballater—Auchronie

Slow Ways added Balauc one, a new walk from Ballater to Auchronie

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Braemar—Ballater

Slow Ways added Brabal one, a new walk from Braemar to Ballater

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Clova—Ballater

Slow Ways added Clobal one, a new walk from Clova to Ballater

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Loch Builg—Ballater

Slow Ways added Locbal one, a new walk from Loch Builg to Ballater

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Strathdon—Ballater

Slow Ways added Strbal one, a new walk from Strathdon to Ballater

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Strathdon—Ballater

Slow Ways added Strbal two, a new walk from Strathdon to Ballater

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Tomintoul—Ballater

Slow Ways added Tombal one, a new walk from Tomintoul to Ballater

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Ballater, Thu 20 June

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Ballater’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

NO3701595792

Lat / Lon

57.04886° / -3.03981°

Easting / Northing

337,015E / 795,792N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Ballater's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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