Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

The path through Craigellachie National Nature Reserve is a pleasant circuit through birch woodland and around a little lochan. The difficulty is in getting to the entrance of the nature reserve. Two routes are suggested but the phototrail should be checked out first as they include uneven path surfaces and some steep gradients (Check surface and gradient tags in particular).The information here is for a starting point near the centre of Aviemore at Ordnance Survey Grid reference NH894123

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, September 2008 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 5More Information
Distance: 1.4 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

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The alternative route is to follow Grampian Road in a southerly direction.

Direction The alternative route is to follow Grampian Road in a southerly direction.

There are side roads  that must be crossed but there are drop-kerbs available.

Obstacle There are side roads that must be crossed but there are drop-kerbs available.

Continue past the information centre.

Direction Continue past the information centre.

Turn up the road to the youth hostel.

Direction Turn up the road to the youth hostel.

The tarmac entrance road has a gradient of about 13% (1:8) for approximately 25m

Gradient The tarmac entrance road has a gradient of about 13% (1:8) for approximately 25m

There may be over hanging branches on this section of path.

Clearance There may be over hanging branches on this section of path.

Follow the signs to the nature reserve.

Direction Follow the signs to the nature reserve.

The path is on a steady gradient with an uneven and occasionally loose surface.

Surface The path is on a steady gradient with an uneven and occasionally loose surface.

There may be tree roots and large stones across the path surface.

Surface There may be tree roots and large stones across the path surface.

Continue to follow the signs to the nature reserve.

Direction Continue to follow the signs to the nature reserve.

There is a gradient of about 9% (1:11) for about 20m with tree roots making for a very uneven surface.

Gradient There is a gradient of about 9% (1:11) for about 20m with tree roots making for a very uneven surface.

From the crest of the rise there is a 100m slope down to the underpass under the A9 and the entrance to the nature reserve. The slope includes gradients as steep as  12% (1:8) over an uneven path surface.

Surface From the crest of the rise there is a 100m slope down to the underpass under the A9 and the entrance to the nature reserve. The slope includes gradients as steep as 12% (1:8) over an uneven path surface.

The path has gradients as steep as 12% (1:8) over this section.

Gradient The path has gradients as steep as 12% (1:8) over this section.

Where the path from the Highland Resort joins there are lots of large loose stones on the path.

Surface Where the path from the Highland Resort joins there are lots of large loose stones on the path.

The underpass is at the point where the two route in meet.

Direction The underpass is at the point where the two route in meet.

The path in the nature reserve itself has a better surface throughout but not much of it is wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

Width The path in the nature reserve itself has a better surface throughout but not much of it is wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

Information about the reserve is available just after the underpass.

Information Information about the reserve is available just after the underpass.

Information about the reserve is available just after the underpass.

Information Information about the reserve is available just after the underpass.

Information about the reserve is available just after the underpass.

Information Information about the reserve is available just after the underpass.

Information about the reserve is available just after the underpass.

Information Information about the reserve is available just after the underpass.

There is a gradient of about 13% (1:8) for about 50m after the information boards.

Gradient There is a gradient of about 13% (1:8) for about 50m after the information boards.

At the first path junction keep left to follow the loop in a clockwise direction.

Direction At the first path junction keep left to follow the loop in a clockwise direction.

The path in the reserve has a good firm surface throughout the loop though it is narrow in places.

Surface The path in the reserve has a good firm surface throughout the loop though it is narrow in places.

There may be a few wet or muddy patches after rain.

Surface There may be a few wet or muddy patches after rain.

There is a short rise for about 20m with a gradient as steep as 15%  (1:7)

Gradient There is a short rise for about 20m with a gradient as steep as 15% (1:7)

Trees may overhang the path in places.

Clearance Trees may overhang the path in places.

There is a short rise for about 20m with a gradient as steep as 15%  (1:7)

Gradient There is a short rise for about 20m with a gradient as steep as 15% (1:7)

At the way marker keep right to follow the loop to the lochan.

Direction At the way marker keep right to follow the loop to the lochan.

The path is narrower from this point and you may have to walk in single file.

Width The path is narrower from this point and you may have to walk in single file.

 

Path

The path winds through the birch woodland which is an important habitat in this reserve.

Path The path winds through the birch woodland which is an important habitat in this reserve.

 

Path

There are hairpins on this section of path which reduce the gradients. People have created paths to cut these corners and some of the less steep sections have become overgrown.

Gradient There are hairpins on this section of path which reduce the gradients. People have created paths to cut these corners and some of the less steep sections have become overgrown.

 

Path

The path is narrow through this section.

Width The path is narrow through this section.

There is a gradient of about 10% (1:10) for about 10m with an excessive  cross gradient as well.

Gradient There is a gradient of about 10% (1:10) for about 10m with an excessive cross gradient as well.

Part of this section has a gradient of about 10% (1:10). There is a loop with a less steep gradient that you can take but it has been little used and has become narrow and overgrown.

Gradient Part of this section has a gradient of about 10% (1:10). There is a loop with a less steep gradient that you can take but it has been little used and has become narrow and overgrown.

This shows where a loop to reduce the gradient has been little used and has become narrow and overgrown.

Gradient This shows where a loop to reduce the gradient has been little used and has become narrow and overgrown.

There is a further slope of about 13% (1:8) for 20m or so.

Gradient There is a further slope of about 13% (1:8) for 20m or so.

Approaching and along side the lake the path is narrow, only about 300-400mm wide.

Width Approaching and along side the lake the path is narrow, only about 300-400mm wide.

 

Path

The path gives excellent views of the lochan.

View The path gives excellent views of the lochan.

 

Path

 

Path

The path gives excellent views of the lochan.

View The path gives excellent views of the lochan.

There is a short rise to complete the loop and rejoin the entrance path. The gradients are as steep as 12% (1:8) for about 30m.

Gradient There is a short rise to complete the loop and rejoin the entrance path. The gradients are as steep as 12% (1:8) for about 30m.

It is also possible to walk to Craigellachie National Nature Reserve from the centre of Aviemore. There are two ways to reach the underpass under the A9 which is the entrance to the reserve. Both routes start at the entrance to the Highland Resort on Grampian Road.Ordnance Survey Grid Reference:

Start It is also possible to walk to Craigellachie National Nature Reserve from the centre of Aviemore. There are two ways to reach the underpass under the A9 which is the entrance to the reserve. Both routes start at the entrance to the Highland Resort on Grampian Road.Ordnance Survey Grid Reference:

At the top of the entrance road to the Highland resort turn left.

Direction At the top of the entrance road to the Highland resort turn left.

Cross the road towards the children's playground.One of the few seats on this route is at the side of the road.

Seat Cross the road towards the children's playground.One of the few seats on this route is at the side of the road.

One of the few seats on this route is at the side of the road. Cross towards the children's playground.

Seat One of the few seats on this route is at the side of the road. Cross towards the children's playground.

Start along the path to the playground but do not enter it. Further seats are available here.

Direction Start along the path to the playground but do not enter it. Further seats are available here.

Cross the mown grass area at the side of the playground.

Direction Cross the mown grass area at the side of the playground.

The route crosses the grass field.

Path The route crosses the grass field.

On the far side of the field there is an earth trodden path.

Surface On the far side of the field there is an earth trodden path.

This is narrow in places and passes close to over hanging bushes.

Width This is narrow in places and passes close to over hanging bushes.

The path is not wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

Width The path is not wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

The path widens as it runs along the side of the fence.

Path The path widens as it runs along the side of the fence.

The path surface is uneven in places because of large stones.

Surface The path surface is uneven in places because of large stones.

The path continues to a wooden rail where there is a steep drop.

Direction The path continues to a wooden rail where there is a steep drop.

The drop at this point is at a gradient of 33% (1:3) on a loose surface.

Gradient The drop at this point is at a gradient of 33% (1:3) on a loose surface.

Before the steep drop there is a path to the left that avoids the worst of the gradient.

Direction Before the steep drop there is a path to the left that avoids the worst of the gradient.

This by-pass is covered in large loose stones and may be difficult for some visitors.

Surface This by-pass is covered in large loose stones and may be difficult for some visitors.

The stoney surface continues for about 40m.

Surface The stoney surface continues for about 40m.

There is still a drop at a gradient of about 15% (1:7). This slope is covered with loose large stones.

Gradient There is still a drop at a gradient of about 15% (1:7). This slope is covered with loose large stones.

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