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The old railway line which used to run from Aberdeen to Ballater was created to transport Queen Victoria to her beloved Balmoral. It now provides a pleasant seven mile walk from Ballater to Dinnet. We walked the four miles with the dogs from Cambus to Ballater stopping of in a quiet glade to enjoy a picnic lunch in the surprisingly warm sunshine. I could hardly believe it was still spring but the blossom on the trees was a beautiful reminder. We did cheat a little bit by taking two cars from Cambus and leaving one in the village (I stayed behind with the dogs) so after a nice walk the car was ready and waiting for our return journey. The walk is popular with cyclists as well as walkers but never crowded. If you like walking in the country side by the banks of the Dee this is the place for you If you don't want to walk back you can always take the bus. Bus stops are at Tullich and Dinnet.
Written Apr 13, 2007
The Blairs Estate covers 1000 acres the land was gifted to the Catholic Church by John Menzies of Pitfodels. Have a walk around the estate following its dirt track road, we started our walk from the Blairs College. Follow the path through the woods and see some stunning Beech, Sycamores and Douglas Fir trees. Continue along past the campsite then cross the style onto the dirt track road then take a detour ( just a little one) to see the College's old orchard a tad overgrown but still some fruit trees survive here Continue on the loop say hello to the sheep and find yourself back in the car park - a great way to spend some time in the Summer sunshine.
Updated Jun 16, 2006
This waterfall is near Dunnotar. You really can be taken in by the beautiful high cliffs off the sea.
Written May 7, 2004