Heritage Path of the Month.

The Steplar is our Heritage Path of the Month for November 2023, click here to view the details.

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“Here is one great loneliness, low rolling hills and bare moorlands, with not a scrap of wood or green ground in sight, and the whole scene made more weird by a solitary granite tor, rising like a ruined keep on one of the distant hills” – Sir Henry Alexander.

From Rhindhu head north then northeast to Burnside of Thain, from where a path continues northeast over heather moor to the River Livet and joins the track to Suie, now deserted. Before Suie this track fords the Kymah Burn – the footbridge near Knochkan, a deserted red-roofed cottage upstream, is reportedly closed (September 2019).
About 300m beyond Suie bear right, leaving the better road which carries on up Glen Suie (the Glenfiddich Road), and follow an eroded bulldozed track round Carn na Bruar and down to ford the Black Water at NJ330267. The rough track continues up to the Dead Wife’s Hillock (543m), where there is a pedestrian gate in the deer fence, and then descends to a gate at the top of a large field. From there a clear track runs down to Aldivalloch, which is also deserted but from where a good road runs to Kirktown of Cabrach past Aldunie.

OS Landranger 36 (Grantown, Aviemore & Cairngorm area) & 37 (Strathdon)

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