Loch Muick

An enjoyable walking circuit of nearly eight miles takes you right around this hill-ringed, birch-fringed loch, south of Braemar. Keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels and red deer, and you’ll also pass the Glen-allt Shiel hunting lodge built in the 1860s.

The breath-taking Cairngorms are home to a plethora of spectacular locations, from mountains to valleys, rivers to Lochs. Nestled at the foot of one of these mountains, Lochnagar, is the tranquil, picturesque scene of Loch Muick. Situated eight miles south west of Ballater and part of the Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire, the freshwater loch attracts locals and tourists, thanks to its inherent beauty and the wonderful walking routes which can be found in the vicinity. Red deer and other wildlife may cross your path, as you explore the glorious natural and man-made features, including a hunting lodge – Glas-allt Shield – built for Queen Victoria in 1868, which can be found on the western side of Loch Muick.

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