Glen Tanar: Circular Around Creag na Slice

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Glen Tanar is a popular place for walkers, but this walk is more off the beaten track. It is a walk of great variety, which mixes grassland, moorland, native pine forests and some wonderful views of hills near and far. Some paths may be a bit narrow, overgrown or indistinct but they lead you through some of the best scenery in Glen Tanar.

After leaving the car park, the route rises slightly, then enters a field where it starts to rise quite steeply. At the top of this rise there follows a short section through a wood before it descends through grass and heather and some overgrown gorse bushes, but once lower ground is reached the way is much easier going. Good farm tracks then lead to a grassy meadow with deciduous trees. Eventually the route turns off and proceeds to rise through a small wood. After this it reaches open moorland, which provides some great panoramic views.

Another wooded section follows, a bit overgrown at first, then dropping down to a much wider forest track, through the much older Caledonian pinewoods with a carpet of heather under the canopy. The walk concludes by following close to the Tanar Water before returning to the start.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Aberdeenshire - Deeside and Glen Tanar

16/04/2017 - Graham MacEwen

Re previous comment, I think the confusion lies in which gate. It is not the gate on the main track but a gate on the left entering a field before you reach the gate on the main track. In any case the track is now very clear heading up the hill.

22/10/2015 - Colin Young

This is a brilliant walk - with woods, moorland and wonderful views. We were puzzled at waymark 4, as although the gate is there we could not see any track going up the field. Fortuitously we met a local resident who walked the area a lot who explained that the track had gone and the forestry on top of the hill had been harvested so the proposed path would be difficult. He suggested continuing NE to pass Belrorie cottage on the tarmac road, then bearing left at the Firmounth stone to reach Newton cottage and hence pick up the remainder of the planned walk. So this was what we did and found it excellent! (part of this ties in with another walk) The gate at waymark 11 is easily missed if you are talking too much!It is now a normal sized gate and not as high as the photo shows. Our diversion increased the distance to 10 miles/16k