Upper Dee Valley
Key information: Upper Dee Valley
- Superb wide valley leading into the heart of the high wilderness of the Cairngorms and eventually to the Larig Ghru pass. The central Cairngorm NP is a huge protected area teeming with precious wildlife and rare and delicate plants.
- High above are moorland, peaks, beetling crags and purple hillsides.
- Make a circuit with Glen Lui.
- This is a remoteish walk in mountains, with always unpredictable weather. Come prepared.
- Walkopedia rating86
- Natural interest17
- Human interest4
- Negative points0
- Total rating86
- Length: Your choice
- Maximum Altitude: 600m
- Level of Difficulty: Variable
The upper Dee valley is magnificent, the great river winding on a very flat bottom, which is littered with the remains of old crofts, some at least vestiges of the often tragic highland clearances, before turning up into the high Cairgorms and gradually narrowing. The glen is dotted lower down with the remains of the ancient Caledonian forest. The hillsides are (of course) clothed in trademark heather. High above are moorland, peaks, beetling crags and purple hillsides.
The central Cairngorm NP is a huge, roadless, protected area teeming with precious wildlife and rare and delicate plants. Wildlife includes eagles, ptarmigan, deer and mountain hares.
The track starts from the roadhead at Linn of Dee, and is immediately delightful, winding through ravishing open Caledonian forest. It emerges into the wide, gorgeous upper glen. After the chest of Dee waterfall, the track becomes boggy in places, but the glen never less than magnificent, increasingly so as it approaches the great crags of The Devil's Point, Cairn Toul and the Ben Macdui/Carn a Mhaim ridge, eventually narrowing to the north into the famous Lairig Ghru pass.
You can circle round into upper Glen Lui, which is, if it is possible, even more beautiful than what you have seen so far.
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