Walk: The pain of Pannanich

Aberdeenshire | Ballater | Short walk | ★★

[Ballater from Creag Coillich summit]

Creag Coillich is the closest hill to the south side of Ballater. There are great views of the village from the top with Craigendarroch beyond, but this is a route fairly seldom climbed. Why? Perhaps it's because of the brutally steep paths through Pannanich Woods to get there, no matter which route you pick. But some people like a bit of suffering during their outdoor pursuits, and the reward's worth it in this writer's opinion. The monument passed on the way up commemorates the 2nd Baronet of Glenmuick.

[Looking back up the direct descent route through Pannanich Woods]

📌 Walk: The pain of Pannanich ★★
Start / finish just north of the bridge over the River Dee (street parking) on Bridge Street, Ballater village centre, G.R.: NO 371957 ///sweat.fountain.emulating

▶ 3 km / 2 mi | ▲ 210 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Mackenzie Memorial; △ Craig Coillich (397 m)
Terrain: Clear paths and tracks through woodland to the summit, a little muddy at times and steep (especially on descent).

Route & map

Start & Ballater ★★★ - T-junction across the River Dee - Mackenzie Memorial - Craig Coillich (approach from south side) - start (via direct path)

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Red squirrel in Pannanich Woods.
Weather: Sunny and warm out of the shade, little wind.

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