Quoich Circular

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After leaving the car park the walk crosses the River Quoich to reach a rock formation caused by water erosion and known as The Punchbowl. The walk then leads upwards via a narrow path to a wider track to more open moorland. It then continues often within earshot of the water close by with a wonderful backdrop of mountains in the distance. Eventually it leaves the lower ground and rises across some heather moorland, leading to two little lochans. After passing over a col by the water's edge the path continues over more grassy land before making its descent towards the Lui Water, providing more wonderful views on the way. The route then rises slightly once more, before descending to a tarred road which leads back to the car park.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Aberdeenshire - Deeside and Glen Tanar


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains, River, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
1/2/2022 - Colin Young

Re David Donn's comment on cars on the road back - it was pointed out to me that you can drop down below the road and take estate tracks back towards the car park. I have not done this but there are paths shown on the map

2/25/2020 - Richard Shirreffs

A new footbridge near the Punchbowl was opened in March 2017, constructed by the Estate with a substantial financial contribution from The Cairngorm Club, made possible by a generous bequest from a member. There is also now a new vehicular bridge over the Quoich, opened in late 2019, at a location a little upstream from the one damaged by Storm Frank; it is open to walkers and cyclists but not to non-Estate vehicles.

4/14/2017 - Ian Cordiner

As mentioned at Waymark 1, the original walk has been altered due to flood damage. Two bridges were washed away in Dec 2015. It has been reported in the press that the bridge at the Punchbowl has been replaced. Another bridge nearer the car park may still be out of action so the existing instructions still apply. It is possible to visit the punchbowl bridge by making a there and back detour from waymark 3.

9/30/2013 - Mike Taylor

Coming down off Beinn a' Bhuird yesterday I spotted a relatively new footbridge over the Quoich Water at NO100921 and went to investigate. At the bridge there are waterfalls and a temptingly clear pool. On the east bank of the river is a very narrow but easily followed path that hugs the river bank for 2kms to reach the footbrige by the Punchbowl. On the way it passes a number of waterfalls with natural viewing platforms. Following this path upstream from Waymark 02 and then crossing the new bridge to join the main track would make a very pleasant alternative to the first 2km of the documented landrover track. The bridge and path appear on Explorer maps but not Landranger. Also, the Sat Nav reference KY13 0LD in the access info would be more useful for T in the Park than for Linn of Quoich.

7/11/2011 - David Donn

Superb walk, really nice views and scenery. Walked this on the 10th July 2011, highly recommended. Also known as the Clais Fhearnaig circular after a small glen it passes through. Take care on the last stretch via the road back to the car park though as it is quite narrow and some of the drivers we encountered were going pretty fast. Idiots!

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