Walk: Giant's Cradle & a Linen Apron
|[A short person in the Giant's Cradle...]|
The water around Dufftown must have special qualities: not only is it responsible for several world-famous distilleries, but it's also created some fascinating natural features. Just upstream from the village centre, the Dullan Water emerges from a small gorge. Within the dark confines of the valley is the Giant's Cradle: an impressive pothole once eroded by the burn, improbably high above the water level nowadays. This whole stretch of the water course makes for a delightful woodland and riverside wander whatever the weather, perhaps best after heavy rain when the usually piddly Linen Apron waterfall on a tributary next to the path earns its name (apparently). For an extension, walk from the centre of Dufftown - or from Glenfiddich / Balvenie if you've been sampling their whisky.
📌 Walk: Giant's Cradle & a Linen Apron ★★★☆☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 60 metres
Points of interest: Mortlach Kirkyard; Linen Apron waterfall; Giant's Cradle pothole; Giant's Chair cliffs
Start / finish: Street parking near Dufftown Distillery, G.R.: NJ 324392 ///direction.mango.hiking
Route: Start - cross bridge over Dullan Water - Giant's Cradle & Giant's Chair - path crosses river - join minor road at G.R.: NJ 320383 - start
Terrain: Woodland path with minor road return, occasional rougher and steeper sections.
Wildlife today: Goosander and other ducks in the Dullan Water.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy but dry, temperature just into double figures.
|[Weir on the Dullan Water]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)