Walk: Ballochbuie rapids - falls fit for a queen

[Garbh Allt Falls (the rapids extend further down from here)]

Ballochbuie Forest is fairly seldom visited by walkers nowadays, but Queen Victoria must have appreciated it when she saved it from being felled in 1878, having it added to the royal Balmoral Estate. In the depths of the forest are the Garbh Allt Falls, overlooked by a graceful, green iron arch. Another bridge competes for attention here though: the old Invercauld bridge dates to 1752, with views towards Lochnagar from the crest of its handsome span.

[Old Invercauld Bridge (Bridge of Dee)]

Name: Walk: Ballochbuie rapids - falls fit for a queen ★☆☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 130 metres
Points of interest: Garbh Allt Falls; Invercauld bridges
Start / finish: Car park (with charge) off A93 at Keiloch, 3 miles west of Braemar, G.R.: NO 188913 / sadly impresses verbs

Route: Car park - old Invercauld bridge over River Dee - Glenbeg Burn near confluence with River Dee - bridge over Garbh Allt at NO 198898 - iron bridge above Garbh Allt Falls via east bank - path on west bank then direct track to old Invercauld bridge - return by outward route
Terrain: Mostly good forest tracks; narrow paths by Garbh Allt Falls.
Wildlife today: A couple of roe deer and some huge bread-like fungi in Ballochbuie Forest; newts in rocky pools next to the Dee at Invercauld Bridge.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy with some bright spells, temperature in mid-teens.

[View downstream along the Dee towards Lochnagar from the old Invercauld Bridge]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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