Jock's Road - Braemar to Glen Doll
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Jock's Road is a well-known high-level route across The Mounth, linking Braemar to Glen Clova via Glen Callater and Glen Doll. It is named after Jock Winter, a local shepherd who, in 1887 along with the Scottish Rights of Way Society, successfully challenged the landowner and established the route as a Right of Way.
This walk begins at the north end of Glen Callater opposite Auchallater Farm on the A93 and follows vehicle tracks along the flat glen for 5km to reach Loch Callater. A good footpath then follows the eastern shore of the loch and continues along the flat, glaciated valley to the more rugged upper reaches of the glen. The valley floor can be boggy in places, but gravel and stepping-stones have greatly improved this path. The path begins to climb gently for 2km, then ascends a very steep, grass-covered slope to reach the plateau below Tolmount, a Munro which can be easily visited. A faint path continues for 1km across the grassy plateau to reach Crow Craigies, the high point of the walk at 920 metres.
From here a more obvious path descends gently into upper Glen Doll to reach Davy`s Bourach, a basic shelter nestling below Cairn Lunkard. Beyond the shelter a well-constructed path descends quite steeply into the narrow valley to reach Glen Doll Forest. The route follows a wide path through the shady forest to reach a vehicle track leading to the finish at Glen Doll car park.
Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Aberdeenshire - Grampians
Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mountains, River, Wildlife, Woodland
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