Battle of Glenlivet Path

Route: A steady ascent through sheltered plantations providing access to the site of the Battle of Glenlivet. Forest tracks, can be muddy in places.
Distance: 13km (8 miles) return to battle site
Duration: Allow 3-4 hours
Start: Allanreid car park (Nr Tomnavoulin): NJ 236 248

From the car park, walk back along the public road towards Tombae for about 200m, then turn right onto a forest road (1) that leads up through the Cairn Muldonich plantation. At the first corner before entering the trees pause and admire the views over the low farmland to the Ladder Hills beyond. Continue along the track through the plantation, which becomes rougher as it climbs gradually uphill to the shoulder between Cairn Muldonich and Cairn Dregnie. Several areas of this plantation were felled in 2010 as part of the forestry operations on the estate. The area has been replanted with spruce and pine and until these trees grow there are wonderful views of the surrounding hills and red deer may occasionally be seen in herds on the steep slopes of Cairn Dregnie.

The track then descends quickly to a small ford where it crosses the Allt a’Choileachain burn – a name by which the battle is also known (2). After the ford, continue along the track to a bend in the road where the Allt Cullach, burn is crossed (3). At this point the road enters Forestry Commission (FC) plantations. The track swings westward, heading down to the left, but look for a small path up to the right which follows an old drove road up to the site of the Battle of Glenlivet. A woodland clearing and interpretation panel mark the battle site, where only a little imagination is needed to hear the cries of battle calling out.

Retrace your steps to rejoin the forest road at the Allt Cullach burn (3). The return route to the car park at Allanreid is via the same road back through the Cairn Muldoich plantation.

For a longer alternative the forest road can be followed through the Forestry Commission’s Morinsh woods emerging in the small car park (4) on the B9009 Glenlivet to Dufftown road (a further 3.5km). (To walk back along the public road to the start point from here is a further 8km.)

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