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Temporary path closures

Outdoor Access

12th February, 2024

Paths and trails may need to be closed from time to time for reasons such as being in an unsafe condition following storm damage, flooding, unavoidable maintenance work or land management operations e.g. tree felling.

Please always be vigilant when visiting the countryside and follow all signage for your own safety.

This page will be kept as up to date as possible, however we recommend checking directly with the relevant ranger service, estate, website or social media for the latest advice.

  • Speyside Way at Inshriach forest
    • The Speyside Way through Inshriach forest (Nr Kincraig) is blocked in numerous places by fallen trees between Balnespick and Insh village.
  • Uath Lochans (Inshriach forest)
    • CLOSED – Uath lochans trails. Storms have caused extensive damage to the woodlands at Uath Lochans.  The advice from Forestry and Land Scotland is not to visit the site until fallen trees and debris have been cleared from the car park and trails.
      Latest updates: Forestry and Land Scotland website
  • Glenlivet Estate
    • CLOSED – Dell Bridge across the River Avon (Nr Tomintoul).  This forms part of Walk 7 – West Avonside Path.
      The bridge suffered damage during the autumn flooding.
      Updates: Glenlivet Estate facebook page
  • Ballater
    • DIVERSIONSeven Bridges Walk – the riverside loop on the Seven Bridges Walk, between Bridge of Gairn and the junction near Polhollick Bridge is closed due to a section washing away in flooding.  An alternate route is already shown as part of the walk route, please use this alternate high route parallel to the A93 instead.
  • Dalwhinnie
    • CLOSED – Ben Alder level crossing
      The railway level crossing at Dalwhinnie – at the walkers car park NN 633 846 – has been closed by Network Rail. An alternative point to cross the railway is via the underpass to the south at the Ben Alder cottages (NN 634 841).
    • Dalwhinnie waymarked walks:
      – the Loch Ericht Walk loop is no longer possible due to the level crossing closure
      – to reach the start of the Forest Walk and Coachan Wood Viewpoint the above diversion to the railway underpass is required
  • Crathie (Nr Balmoral):
    • CLOSED – Easter Balmoral (Crathie) suspension bridge.
      The footbridge over the River Dee at Easter Balmoral is currently closed. The bridge will be refurbished and reopen in early 2024.
      Diversion route is to use the main Balmoral road bridge 1km upstream.
  • Glen Doll: Significant storm damage and windblown trees from the winter storms – clearance works underway but still many restrictions and path closures. Check Forest and Land Scotland website for latest updates.
    • Glen Doll car park – open
    • Waymarked trails – Corrie Fee (Green) trail – open.
    • ALL OTHER WAYMARKED TRAILS ARE CLOSED.
      South Esk trail (Yellow), White Water Trail (White) Jocks Rd and Dounalt Trail (Blue) are all CLOSED due to windblown trees.
    • Mountain access routes update – Kilbo path is open, Corrie Fee Path is open, Dounalt Road is open (south side of upper White Water – this is an alternative for Jocks road, which remains closed).
    • The Capel Road Track is blocked with trees at OS Grid Ref: NO 2841 7717. This may be bypassed by walking along the forest boundary wall between NO 2834 7763 to NO 2872 7771. Conditions on this alternative route are steep, rocky and rough underfoot.

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