Well of Lecht to Chapeltown

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This walk is near the Lecht ski area; it begins from the well-known Cockbridge - Tomintoul road and ends within the Glenlivet Estate.

From the Well of Lecht car park and picnic site (460m) the route climbs to a saddle (660m) where there are super views to the Cairngorms, Ben Rinnes and the many local hills. Then there is a gradual descent to Chapeltown. Many ruined crofts are passed, but two buildings are of particular interest: the Lecht Iron Mine, worked from 1730 to 1737 and now a museum; and the College of Scalan which was for most of the 18th Century the only seminary in Scotland where instruction was given for the Catholic priesthood (again now a museum).

The walk is best suited to hill-walkers with some experience; paths are narrow and the route is exposed, climbing to near 2,000ft. Bad-weather clothing should be carried. There might be sheep, so dogs should be under control. Refreshments etc are at the nearby Lecht Ski Centre and at Tomintoul.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Grampians


Ancient Monument, Birds, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Moor, Museum, Restaurant, Toilets, Wildlife