Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Loch Muick, Scotland

Views in Glen Muick
Loch Muick sits on the Balmoral Estate and is a great area for walking at a low level.  The area is protected and has woodland, loch and mountain flora and fauna.  Snow can be seen on the mountains until early summer reminding everyone of the need for care if hiking upwards!
The day I visited I truly had the 4 season experience with sunshine and snow within a matter of minutes!  The drive to the Loch is down a beautiful narrow road (single track in places) with fabulous views and deer clearly on view.  A large car park marks the start of the walk (and I was thankful for having the £1 coins required).
A path circumnavigates the whole loch and is very easy for the most part.  A little rocky at the farthest end of the loch but still easy.  I enjoyed numerous birds along the way who were busy singing for mates and preparing for nesting.
But it really was the views that captured my attention (especially when the black clouds loomed overhead). But for those who like buildings you walk directly past Glas-allt Shiel House, a retreat build and used by Queen Victoria.  Now sadly boarded up.
The walk, although easy shouldn't be underestimated as it is just short of 8 miles long and there is a detour up to some waterfalls that can be taken near the House.  Unfortunately I gave this a miss as I knew the distance already planned was going to be enough for one of my dogs (not all dogs can run all day)!

We stopped for a picnic half way round at a point when the sun was shining and just sat for a while. Before making the last push back to the car park where the deer were wandering around!
A full route description can be found on the Walk the highlands site, along with other walks in the area.

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