Carn Daimh/Glenlivet (Trail 3)
From Glenconglass car park, follow the farm track and forest road (N) then (NW) as for Route 2. After passing the junction with the access track to Inverchor, continue (NW) straight on at the next junction (on the left) to reach another junction where the road turns downhill towards the Chabet Water. Leave R2 (NW) and head right (NE) down to the bridge over the Chabet Water. Cross the bridge and then continue uphill (E) through the woods to a quarry at the junction of several forest roads. Continue past the quarry (NW) taking the right fork (uphill) to the next junction. Turn right (NE) following the forest road (E) before heading (SW) to the summit of Carn Daimh with its spectacular views over the Glenlivet hills and Cairngorms. From the summit head (SE) along a stony track (rough in places), which is part of the Speyside Way, to re-enter woods at Carn Ellick. Enter the woods at the gate and follow the peaty track (S) through the trees to the junction in the forest marked by a wooden finger post. Turn left (N) and follow forest track downhill, signposted to Tomnavoulin and continue through the gate at the edge of the plantation. Then go downhill through the fields along a farm track to meet the farm road near Craighead. Continue (NE) through the shelter belt of trees along the farm road past Westerton house to reach the junction with Easter Corrie farm road. Leave the road at this junction heading straight on (NE) over a couple of stiles to join a path in Clash Wood. A detour into Tomnavoulin can be made for refreshments from the Post Office or local shop.
Once on the path in Clash Wood continue (NE) alongside the boundary fence on the grassy path that joins the forest road near the Clash Wood car park. Turn right when reaching the forest road, following it a short distance to the gate at the car park. Cross the stile and turn left (N) onto the public road – known locally as the Gallowhill Road – that continues (NE) past Blairfindy Farmhouse and Gallowhill. At the junction overlooking the Glenlivet Distillery continue (W) on the left fork and follow the road downhill to the next junction at Drumin Smithy. You could also take the opportunity for a short stop at the Visitors Centre at the Distillery. Next turn left onto B9136 and continue to Drumin, where a detour to see the Country Museum and Drumin Castle can easily be made. From Drumin head out on the B9136 (SW) to the picnic site at Altnaglander. Turn left (S) at the picnic site leaving the public road to join an old short section of road that leads across a bridge to a gate that provides access to a farm and hill track. Head uphill along the track (S) that continues along the edge of the plantation for 1km. The going here is difficult and bikes may need to walked. At the gate in the forest fence where the route is signposted to the right (W) continue into the trees and follow the track for 100m to where it joins a forest road. Continue steeply uphill along the forest road that eventually levels out and opens up, providing some great views over the surrounding moorland. At the highest point of the road, a small information shelter to the left provides details about moorland management and wildlife.
Continue (S) on the forest road as it descends through the trees past the junction with the loop road on the right (which can be used as an alternative, if required) to reach the forest road junction near the quarry on the outward route. Retrace the outbound route from the quarry to return to the car park and starting point at Glenconglass.
28km (17 miles) – 70% off-road
A challenging and lengthy routes that’s also highly rewarding with varied terrain climbing (570m) and spectacular views. Features mainly off-road sections on forest roads and farm tracks. Parts of the route can be rough, muddy, wet and exposed at times. The public road sections are generally quiet but please take care on the Strathavon road that has many twisting and narrow corners. Livestock are present on some sections on the descent to Tomnavoulin and bikes may need to be carried over stiles or walked along certain parts of the route particularly on the ascent from Altnaglander.
Recommended start point:
Glenconglass Farm (GR 172 223)
Other Car Parks:
Tomnavoulin (GR 212 265), Balcorach (GR 154 265)
Places of interest:
Carn Daimh Viewpoint, Glenlivet Distillery, Blairfindy Castle, Drumin Castle, Drumin Museum of Scottish Country Life, Blairfindy moorland demonstration site.
Location and map
Set in the stunning eastern Highlands of Scotland, there’s so much waiting to be discovered.
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