Balmoral Estate

We have five paths in the programme, all on the prestigious Balmoral Estate with only two currently available to sponsor; Meikle Pap and Dubh Loch.

What do you get out of this?

Due to the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland managing the car park at Glen Muick (where these five paths are accessed from), we are delighted to be able to offer increased exposure to our Balmoral path sponsors.

Each path sponsor will have their company logo displayed on the signage reaching over 70,000 visitors each year who use this car park.  You will have your company name and logo alongside your chosen path on the OATS website for a full 12 months.

You will receive a complimentary invitation to our one-day conference in April 2020 – Outdoor Access in Scotland – At What Cost? where your company will be acknowledged during the event as a special thank you for your support.

And finally, you will be making a huge difference in helping to conserve this stunning environment for future generations to enjoy.

To take advantage of this fantastic promotional opportunity please contact Lisa Barnard, Fundraising and Communications Manager on or fill in the form on our Mend Our Mountains/Corporate Appeal section of the website.

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View across to Lochnagar on Balmoral from Mount Keen


(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.

SPONSOR: BrewDog –

Broad Cairn

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.


Meikle Pap

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.

SPONSOR: Available to sponsor

Glas allt

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.


Dubh 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.

SPONSOR: Available to sponsor

To find out more about sponsoring a path, please contact Lisa Barnard, Fundraising & Communications Manager on 07824 555946 or email

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