Step carefully beneath golden larches, towering Scots pines and over magnificent mountain ash roots in pursuit of a roaring Cairngorms cascade. Map and route.
2. Glenmore Forest Park, Highland
There are few better places to start your journey into the Cairngorms than via Ryvoan Pass. Lightly wooded slopes slalom between pine trees, rocky hills and untamed moor. Keep an eye out for the national park’s most elusive creatures. Map and route.
3. Loch Garten, Highland
Loch Garten’s ancient trees, tottering wood-ant nests, soaring ospreys and grazing deer make it one of Scotland’s most beautiful nature reserves. Map and route.
4. Pattack Falls and Druim an Aird, Highland
Take a relaxing amble through varied landscapes, passing the Pattack gorge waterfalls before exploring the ruins of the deserted village of Druim an Aird. Map and route.
5. Loch Morlich, Highland
There are few lochs in Scotland that have a more picture-perfect surrounding than Loch Morlich. The foreground comprises forests fringed by beaches and backdropped by snow-clad peaks. Circling the loch is a very popular walk among tourists and locals alike. Map and route.
6. Loch an Eilein, Highland
Loch an Eilein lies still, reflecting the magnificent pines of Rothiemurchus Forest in the heart of the Cairngorms. Castle ruins inhabit a small island, making for a truly unique walk. Map and route.
7. Ryvoan pass, Aberdeenshire
Ancient Caledonian pines form a beautiful walkway leading to the green lochan – An Lochan Uaine. A gentle climb leads up the Ryvoan pass, with breathtaking views of Loch Morlich. Map and route.
8. Carrbridge and Docharn circuit, Highland
Follow a trail of pleasant pinewoods around Carrbridge, stopping to savour this magnificent rushing river and the stone that bridges over it. Walk and route.
9. River Dee, Braemar, Aberdeenshire
A circular walk starting from Braemar takes in the confluence of the two main rivers, the Dee and the Clunie. It then climbs gently through birch woods to return to the centre of the village. Walk and route.
10. Loch Muick, Aberdeenshire
An unusually level walk in the Cairngorms, around Loch Muick on the Balmoral Estate. The walk provides stunning views of the Scottish scenery. You can also see Glas-allt Shiel house, built by Queen Victoria. Map and route.