Glen Brown Circuit
Route: Relatively low level walk along a mixture of forest, farm and hill track through some varied countryside with some fine views down Strath Avon and up Glen Brown.
Distance: 7km (4.5 miles) circular
Duration: Allow 2-3 hours
Start: White Bridge car park (Nr Bridge of Brown): NJ 133 209
Take the track heading uphill (the old military road) from the White Bridge car park along the edge of the forest plantation, stay on the track as you cross a stile at a gate then continue a short distance downhill just beyond the end of the next plantation (1). Here the grassy track turns sharply left and descends, but instead leave the track at the bend and follow the indistinct, waymarked path across the hillside reaching a bench. There are fine views from here down Strath Avon. The path descends gently and crosses a small burn (the Allt Faur) before meandering into the juniper scrub, the path now not much more than a sheep walk. As you reach the edge of the birch woodland (2) take the path which leads downhill, between two fences and cross a stile on the right to enter the wood. Follow along the edge of the wood, before crossing another stile and head diagonally through more birch following the markers before emerging on open hill ground.
Cross straight to the stile and into the Kylnadrochit plantation ahead of you, immediately heading downhill, to your left, to pick up the path which leads through the trees to the forest road. Turn right onto the forest road and continue, passing above Kylnadrochit lodge. As the private house of Torrans comes into view ahead, follow the track to the right and then take the left fork of the forest road (3), passing through a high metal deer gate ahead. Continue along the forest road through the plantation, sections of which were felled in 2009, until emerging from the forest onto open hill ground at Stonachavie (4). Here leave the main track and turn sharp right and up a hill following a grassy track initially along the edge of the plantation, and then away from the fence to an old gate where the track diverges.
Take the left fork of the track and head across the hillside overlooking Glen Brown. The track becomes vague in places, as you descend to the ruins of Tombreck (5), one of many deserted farmhouses scattered here. Keep an eye out across Glen Brown for the herds of Red Deer that are often spotted in this area, and for red or black grouse breaking cover from the heather and scrub. At the ruins (5), pick up the rough farm track again (can be boggy in places here) and head northwards, descending into Glen Brown. Pass briefly through the narrow strip of the forest plantation, and continue following the track alongside the Burn of Brown, emerging on the hair-pin bend on the Tomintoul-Grantown road near the Bridge of Brown (6). Turn right, uphill and climb the short but steep section of the main road which leads back to the White Bridge car park.
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