Reproduced from www.viewranger.com. Map data: Ordnance Survey ©Crown Copyright and/or database right 2016. License number 100043379.
|Leave YH and walk S on A93 to join E bound footpath at NO 154 909, then NE at NO 159 908. Follow track to A93 (NO 169 919). Follow road E and leave to join SE track before Invercauld Bridge. Follow track, River Dee as L handrail, pass Connaught cottage, then by the estate buildings at Invergelder and follow estate road skirting S of Balmoral Castle Groundsto Easter Balmoral (alternative route via Alice, Albert and Beatrice cairns if access prohibited). From Easter Balmoral follow B976 NE and take route S of Creag Ghiubhais to meet B976 again at Littlemill. Follow B976 E to Ballater, then NW into town, then SW to campsite on banks of Dee at NO 370 953.|
|OS Landranger series maps: 43, 44|
|Length: 29.3 km|
|Total Ascent: 403m|
|Total Descent: 556m|
|Max Elevation: 442m|
|Min Elevation: 200m|
From the Youth hostel, I will head east round the south of Creag Choinnich to pick up the old miliary road (A93) for just over 1km. Invercauld Bridge was built and paid for by Prince Albert in teh 1850s, and it was intended to replace the Old bridge of Dee, just beyond, that was constructed in 1753 by Major Caulfield as part of the military road network. Both still stand today!!
Here I will take the forest path to follow the south bank of the Dee again, and walk through Ballochbuie Forest, through the woods of Garmaddie and onto Balmoral.
Balmoral Estate is beautiful, and I can see why Queenie loves it so.
Bracks visited Balmoral in May 20018, so its only right I come through this way.
From Balmoral I continue along the banks of the Dee, on minor roads and estate tracks where I can, and for the latter part of my walk, I will follow the B976 to reach Ballater town. I will restock a few things at the Co-op, and I am staying at Ballatar Camp site.
Its not a bad camp site, good facilities, but caters more for campers and vans, but no complaints. Well maintained.
See you tomorrow.