The combination of Scotland’s cold, wet windy weather, steep hillsides, friable soil and fragile vegetation cover makes the upland areas particularly susceptible to erosion from even a relatively small number of users. The result ends up as unsightly scarring of our precious wild landscapes and habitat meaning intervention is necessary to ensure that continued access to these areas is not at the expense of the habitat and landscape which makes them special and attractive places to visit.
As part of our fundraising efforts we have introduced a new initiative in 2019 inviting companies to sponsor an upland path. Currently we have five paths in the programme, all on the prestigious Balmoral Estate in the Cairngorms National Park.
(Main Path & Plateau Path)
Loch-na-Garr, loch of noise or laughter, is one of our most iconic Munros. This highly popular route climbs to a pointed summit rising high above one of Scotland’s most beautiful corries. The original name was Beinn nan Ciochan, hill of the paps, which referred to the twin peaks on its summit plateau. There are a few stories as to how the name change came about, but the best is probably that of the ghillie who was too embarrassed to tell Queen Victoria that the main protuberance was known as Cac Carn Beag (politely put, it means little pile of excrement) and instead referred to the mountain as Lochnagar.
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Part of the vast, rolling Mounth plateau, Broad Cairn climbs to a height of 3274 feet with the distance from base being around 5-6 miles. From part of the way alongside Loch Muick the summit of Broad Cairn comes into view with a shapely dome and a sharp pointed head. It is from this angle that it really shows its shape and size with the steep banks, cliffs and corries along with the vast waters of Loch Muick really setting the scene.
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At 3215 feet, Meikle Pap is classified as a Munro top – one of the 227 subsidiary summits over 3,000ft in Scotland but which are not included in the main Munros list, first published by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. Munro tops divide many hill walkers with some believing the Munros to be the main challenge and others convinced the tops are far harder.
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Built by Queen Victoria to get away from it all, the Glas-allt Shiel Lodge sits in its own magical setting surrounding by woodland on the edge of Loch Muick. This waterside walk takes you across the River Muick, through woodland and countryside before arriving at the Loch and on to the Glas-allt Shiel Lodge. Not to be missed is the climb behind the lodge to see the Glas Allt Shiel waterfalls as well as looking at for the local residents such as red squirrel, red deer and oyster catchers as you make you way around the Loch.
This small upland freshwater loch within the Balmoral Estate is at an altitude of 2090 feet with a surface area of just 49 acres. A wall of granite rises steeply above the loch shading it from sun – hence its name ‘dark lake’. Whilst the Creag an Dubh Loch Munro is less well known than the nearby cliffs of Lochnagar, the magnificent black precipice of this huge imposing mountain is often described as jaw dropping.
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