Walk: The pain of Pannanich

Aberdeenshire | Ballater | Short walk | ★★

[Ballater from Creag Coillich summit]

Creag Coillich is one of the closest hills to Ballater, reachable on foot from the village centre. 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 our 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: Ballater ★★★; 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
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On our visit

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


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