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Cairngorm Walk
Glen Quoich & Glen Lui (near Braemar)

Nat Park - Cairngorm - Cairngorm South

County/Area - Aberdeenshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km    Ascent - 1100 feet / 333 metres

Time - 6 hours 10 minutes    Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference NO116910
Lat 57.001664 // Long -3.456909
Postcode AB35 5YJ (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Glen Quoich & Glen Lui (near Braemar)

This walk near Braemar takes you into glorious scenery amidst some high Munros in the southern part of the Cairngorm National Park. The route climbs gently through the Linn of Quoich to reach Glen Quoich. The onward route then climbs into the Clais Fhearnaig pass to descend into Glen Lui which is followed back to the road from where tracks lead alongside the River Dee back to the start.

The start is the pay and display car park in an abandoned quarry near the Linn of Quoich (grid ref. NO116910). The car park is reached by leaving Braemar on the road to Linn of Dee and then turning east along the north bank of the River Dee to the car park. After parking continue east along the road, cross the bridge, and turn left along the path/track beside the river. The path continues through pine trees to cross a footbridge. Continue along the clear rising path to join a track (grid ref. NO112914). Continue up Glen Quoich. After three kilometres from the bridge the view opens out with the massive bulk of Beinn a'Bhuird (1197 m.) dominating the view.

The track descends to cross a side burn (grid ref. NO080937). After a few metres turn left on a rising path. Keep to the left of a hut in a fenced enclosure and continue across moorland into the Clais Fhearnaig gully. Continue ahead passing a small loch and a lochan on your left. The path keeps to the right of a boggy valley before descending into Glen Lui and a clear track (grid ref. NO059923).

Turn left and follow the river downstream (on your right). Reaching a bridge, keep ahead and follow the track uphill to a stile over a deer fence. Ignore any tracks left and right and descend into the valley and a road (grid ref. NO086900). Turn left along the road and then take the first track on the right towards Mar Lodge. Continue along the tarmac drive to the front of the lodge where your veer right towards the river. Just before Victoria Bride, take track on the left into woodland. Pass through several gates to regain the road. Bear right along the road to return to the car park used at the start of the walk.

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Walk 1881 Ben Macdui & Cairn Lochan from the Ski Centre - hard - 10.4 miles/16.9 km

Walk 2672 Cairngorm Mountain via Coire an t-Sneachda - mod/hard - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

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Walk 1605 Loch an Eilein & Rothiemurchus Forest - easy/mod - 10.0 miles/16.3 km

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