Glen Callater

  • Up Loch Callater - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Looking up Glen Callater - © William Mackesy
  • Approaching the lodge - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Bliss being 12 - © William Mackesy
  • Upper Glen Callater - © William Mackesy
  • Upper Glen Callater - © William Mackesy

Key information: Glen Callater

    • One of the Cairngorms’ finest glens. Magnificent walking in textbook glacial scenery.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating86
  • Beauty31.5
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest6
  • Charisma31.5
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating86

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 10 km to lake and back
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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Upper Glen Callater - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

One of the Cairngorms’ finest glens: magnificent walking in textbook glacial scenery.

Climb steadily on a good track up this wild and lovely glen to its beautiful eponymous lake (1 hr 20); you can sit on soft grass at the lake foot and revel in the views up to the lake to the high cliffs and flat plateau-ridges beyond.

Walk on along good paths around the lake and on up the magnificent flat-bottomed valley, between steep, glacier-scraped flanks. The valley narrows to classic corries at its far end.

There is a beautifully sited Mountain Bothies Association bothy at the foot of the lake, by the usually-boarded up Lochcallater Lodge, in glacial moraine heaps and with the only trees in the area.

One of Lochnagar’s best approaches starts up the hillside above the bothy. And Jock’s Road across the high ground to thrilling Glen Clova climbs up the steep slopes at the glen-end.

This can be remoteish walking in mountains, with always unpredictable weather. Come prepared. It is possible you will meet no-one once you have got beyond Loch Callater.

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Bliss being 12 - © William Mackesy

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