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Pannanich: Craig Coillich

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Pannanich: Craig Coillich
Author: Deeside Walks, Published: 06 Oct 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Pannanich: Craig Coillich, Deeside Aberdeenshirestar0 Pannanich: Craig Coillich, Deeside Aberdeenshirestar0 Pannanich: Craig Coillich, Deeside Aberdeenshirestar0 Pannanich: Craig Coillich, Deeside Aberdeenshirestar0 Pannanich: Craig Coillich, Deeside Aberdeenshire
Aberdeenshire, Ballater
Walk Type: Woodland
Pannanich: Craig Coillich
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Pannanich: Craig Coillich, Deeside Aberdeenshire boot Pannanich: Craig Coillich, Deeside Aberdeenshire boot Pannanich: Craig Coillich, Deeside Aberdeenshire boot Pannanich: Craig Coillich, Deeside Aberdeenshire
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A 2.5 mile circular and fairly strenuous walk from the village of Ballater in Aberdeenshire. The antenna on top of what is widely known as Pannanich Hill is visible from almost anywhere in Ballater, so it is natural to wonder what the view is like from up there. Well, the answer is it's great and although it may not be apparent from the village, there is a spot where you can see down the valley without the view being obstructed by trees. This walk takes you on a loop to visit this viewpoint by the antenna. There is one thing I had better tell you though before you set out – the summit with the antenna on top is not actually Pannanich, but is actually Craig Coillich, a peak of 397m. Pannanich itself extends all the way to the bare peaks behind, reaching a peak of 601m, and we will not be heading that far on this walk.

The walking route follows a wide Landrover track all the way up to the hill top. This is very rough underfoot and parts of it are very steep. The total climb is around 200 metres. The return leg follows a mixture of woodland paths and Landrover tracks, some parts of which can be muddy or slippery. There are no gates, stiles or livestock on route. Allow 1.5 hours.

Ballater is located on the River Dee, within the Cairngorms National Park and about 15 miles east of Braemar. The walk starts and finishes from the Church Square free car park in the village, behind Glenmuik Church. Approximate post code AB35 5NE.

Walk Sections

Start to Ballater Bridge Path
Start to Ballater Bridge Path

Start point: 57.0484 lat, -3.0405 long
End point: 57.0466 lat, -3.0352 long

Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and walk straight ahead, passing Glenmuik Church on your left. The foundation stone for the original village church (which had a wooden spire) was laid in 1798. As the village grew in stature during Queen Victoria's frequent visits from Balmoral in the 1850s and after the railway arrived in Ballater in 1866, the church was deemed too small and plain. The replacement church was built by Aberdeen architect J. Russell Mackenzie and opened in 1874.

At the front of the church, you will emerge to a T-junction with Bridge Street. Turn right along the pavement and follow Bridge Street leading you out of the village. Keep ahead to cross the River Dee via Ballater road bridge (taking care as there is no pavement on this stretch). At the far side of the bridge (at the road T-junction), look ahead to see a fingerpost marking the start of a footpath.

Ballater Bridge Path to Right Turn
Ballater Bridge Path to Right Turn

Start point: 57.0466 lat, -3.0352 long
End point: 57.0468 lat, -3.034 long

You will see a choice of two paths here. Take the left-hand branch. The path, a Landrover track, continues up the hill for about 100 metres. At this point a narrower path joins it from the right. Take this right-hand path, leading almost directly across the slope of the hill.

Right Turn to Monument
Right Turn to Monument

Start point: 57.0468 lat, -3.034 long
End point: 57.0442 lat, -3.0352 long

This new path runs on a fairly level route across Pannanich Hill. After a short time, you will see a path join from the right (which is the path you would have emerged on if you had taken the right option at the road). Keep ahead and you will come to a monument, the first point of interest on the walk.

The inscription on the monument is not easy to read, but I believe it reads "To the Memory of Sir Allan Russell MacKenzie, 2nd Baronet of Glen Muick, born March 29th 1850, died August 19th 1906, erected by his many friends. Come and rest."

Monument to Track Fork
Monument to Track Fork

Start point: 57.0442 lat, -3.0352 long
End point: 57.0417 lat, -3.0279 long

To continue your walk, take the path which leads uphill to the left of the monument. The path continues along the side of two small ponds. The path reaches a crossroads, go directly across it and follow what is now a rough Landrover track straight up the hill. Be warned, it will start to get very steep. The Landrover path continues steeply up the hill. After about 600 metres it divides at a fork.

Track Fork to Summit
Track Fork to Summit

Start point: 57.0417 lat, -3.0279 long
End point: 57.0463 lat, -3.0255 long

Follow the main path round to the left (ignoring the less-well-maintained path leading straight ahead). The Landrover path continues uphill, now heading back across the face of Pannanich Hill. It swings slightly to the right and flattens out. You are now in a sort of shallow valley between two peaks. To the left is Craig Coillich, where the antennae is situated. To the right the hillside continues up another 200 metres to the summit of Pannanich.

Be careful as the path can now be muddy underfoot. After about another 200 metres there is a junction with a path to the left which leads up to the summit of Craig Coillich. Take this path to the left. Congratulations, you've now made it to the top of Craig Coillich, at a height of 397 metres.

There is a mobile phone mast here. It is well fenced off, but still it is wise to keep an eye on adventurous children. In front of the mobile phone mast is a small cairn. There is a gap in the trees which gives you a great view over Ballater with Craigendarroch beyond it and up and down the valley on either side.

Summit to Lumber Camp
Summit to Lumber Camp

Start point: 57.0463 lat, -3.0255 long
End point: 57.0507 lat, -3.0252 long

When you are ready to continue your walk you have two options: either to retrace your steps back to the start of the walk, or to take a different route down. I recommend taking the different route down for the sake of variety, but I should warn you that this way down is a bit more slippery.

For the different route down, retrace your steps a short distance to the T-junction in the forest track. Instead of turning right (back the way you came), take the footpath to the left. This path will swing steadily left down the hill. The footpath will take you on a gentle downhill route, but which gradually begins to lead more and more directly down the hill. There is a junction with a side path, but ignore this and keep bearing down the hill.

Eventually the path emerges onto a wide Landrover track. (If you were to turn right, it would take you down to the south Deeside Road, where a pavement alongside the road would take you back to Ballater). For this (more interesting) route, turn left onto the Landrover track and, almost immediately, you will come upon the Newfoundlander lumber camp at Dalmochie.

Lumber Camp to End
Lumber Camp to End

Start point: 57.0507 lat, -3.0252 long
End point: 57.0485 lat, -3.0407 long

This is the second point of interest on this walk. The picnic table and marker posts mark the site where there was an old lumber-camp. In World War II Britain badly needed more timber, but there was a shortage of able-bodied, skilled men to produce it. The British government sent out a plea for aid and Newfoundland, a province of Canada, responded by forming The Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit. Newfoundland lumberjacks who volunteered for the unit were sent to locations in the UK including here, at Dalmochie near Ballater, to fell trees and produce the timber the country needed. The camp was built in 1940. For more information, read the information boards on the marker posts around the picnic table.

Once you have had a look at the lumber-camp, continue along the Landrover track. Setting off with the lumber camp on your left-hand side, you will be walking west on the Landrover track, which leads directly back towards Ballater. The Landrover track passes an open area on the left, then there is a junction in the path. Bear right, heading downhill and it will take you back to the south Deeside Road at the end of the bridge over the Dee. Now it is simply a case of retracing you steps ahead across the bridge and up to the church. Congratulations, you have completed the walk up Pannanich!

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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