Rothiemurchus Forest via Balvattan from Coylumbridge
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Walk Route Description
This very short family walk gives very impressive views onto the northern Cairngorm range and the imposing entrance to the Larig Ghru valley. Despite its short distance, this walk gives a real sense of remoteness and adventure making it an ideal all year round walk for the family. It is always within fairly easy range of Coylumbridge village near Aviemore, but make sure you and the family are well prepared for rapid change in weather and temperature.
The route shares its starting point (grid ref. NH915107) with walks 1016, 1721 and 3299 in Coylumbridge close to the hotel. There is ample parking in two large lay-bys close to the campsite and permission can be granted to park at Larig Ghru Cottage (grid ref. NH915104) from the campsite office.
Leave the road via the Larig Ghru footpath passing through a large gate. Continue for a while until the path splits. Take the right signed Glen Einich. Follow the path out the forest. Leaving the forest into the clearing is quite dramatic with superb views straight ahead towards the Cairngorm massif. Clearly the northern corries can be seen along with the immense scale of the Larig Ghru, which may be over 10km in the distance, but appears to be right in front of you!
Simply continue along this track for another 1.5km until a junction is reached, ignore the first, take the second left at grid ref. NH917079 and head east passing Lochan Deo and onto the Cairngorm Club footbridge which makes an ideal half way point to stop for lunch.
Once ready simply retrace your steps for 150m ignoring your previous track on the left, instead continue straight on back into the forest. After a while the track narrows before widening once again as you cross a pretty footbridge deep in this wonderful forest. From here simply walk on until your starting path meets you from the left as you walk back on through the gate and back to reach your car.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1721 Braeriach via Lairig Ghru from Coylumbridge - hard - 18.2 miles/29.6 km
Walk 3299 Loch an Eilein from Coylumbridge - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1016 Devil's Point, Cairn Toul, Braeriach & Lairig Ghru - very hard - 28.0 miles/45.5 km
Walk 3076 Cairn Toul circuit from Coylumbridge - severe - 26.5 miles/43.1 km
Walk 1906 Lochan Mor & Rothiemurchus Forest from Inverdruie - easy/mod - 3.6 miles/5.9 km
Walk 1505 Craigellachie National Nature Reserve (Aviemore) - easy/mod - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 1904 Loch Morlich circular (near Aviemore) - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 2412 Craiggowrie & Creagan Gorm from Loch Morlich - mod/hard - 7.3 miles/11.9 km
Walk 2607 Lairig Ghru & Chalamain Gap from Glenmore - mod/hard - 11.0 miles/17.9 km
Walk 3579 Meall a'Bhuachaille & Ryvoan Bothy from Glenmore - moderate - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Walking in the Cairngorms
Guidebook describing a selection of over 100 walks in the Cairngorms National Park and Lochnagar, covering low-level, mid-level and mountain routes (including 18 Munro summits) and both day walks and multi-day treks. From gentle sandy trails to rocky scrambles, the routes suit most abilities, taking in mountains, forests, lochs and moorland.
Great Mountain Days in Scotland
Inspirational guidebook to 50 challenging routes for mountaineers, scramblers, hillwalkers and fell runners, many long enough to backpack over 2 days, especially in winter (12 to 25 miles). A mix of classic routes and unsung gems across Scotland from Galloway to the Outer Hebrides in widely differing wild landscapes. With customised OS mapping.
The End to End Trail