5 of 5 (4 votes)

Craigellachie nature reserve

A leisurely walk (woodland) in national park Cairngorms in Highlands, Scotland, about 3.70km (2.30 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 201m (659ft)
Loss 208m (682ft)
Max. Elevation 430m (1410ft)
Elevation (total) 409m (1341ft)
Start & End
Aviemore
Distance 3.70km
(2.3mi)
Duration ~1:30
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Created by Anonymous Walker on 15 Oct 2014
This short walk from Aviemore makes a great activity for kids. The reserve, full of huge crags and birch woodland, holds a host of wildlife, and you may even spot red deer on the high ground. There are different routes around the reserve but try to make the viewpoint on the hills above for wonderful views across to the Cairngorms. More details about the reserve can be found here: www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/craigellachie/

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Waypoints

OS Grid NH892118
From the station, walk down to the Youth Hostel on the right-hand side of the road.
OS Grid NH891120
A signed path leads past the hostel and under the main road into the nature reserve.
About 0.21 km (~0.13 miles) from
OS Grid NH890120
Within the reserve, there are different marked trails. The best one leads to the viewpoint high above the reserve.
About 0.10 km (~0.06 miles) from
OS Grid NH888123
Head along the edge of the second lochan, then follow its boundary uphill.
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid NH884127
The path weaves through the woodland. Watch out for birds high above and on the water.
About 0.62 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid NH882126
From here, you can see past Aviemore and across the Glenmore Forest to the mighty Cairngorms.
About 0.27 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid NH883128
Retrace your steps back into the reserve.
About 0.28 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid NH887124
There is an alternative path above the lochan for a bit of variation.
About 0.60 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid NH891119
Pass back under the road into Aviemore.
About 0.59 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid NH894119
Return to the main road where it's a short trot back into the town.
About 0.31 km (~0.19 miles) from

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