94) Linn of Dee, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, AB35 5YJ
The Linn of Dee is a deep gorge on the river Dee, a few miles from Braemar. To get to it you drive the several miles from Braemar village up the mostly single track (with passing places) road. A car park is located at the end. The area is managed by the National Trust Scotland.
The area and trails are really more suited to people who can wander, but! - if like I you have to explore on wheels then it is still worth a visit. Sadly the riverside path is NOT wheelchair accessible, but you can still achieve over 6 miles or more if your happy to tootle around the area on the roads.
What is it?
The river Dee flows down towards Braemar and eventually winds its way to Aberdeen.
At the Linn of Dee the river is restricted into a narrow gorge, it has carved its way through the bedrock, forming quite a spectacular river feature. The location was also a firm favourite with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, though they no doubt had lots of servants to set up a picnic camp and refreshments...
From the carpark, head down the road to the bridge, look over the low bridge wall up and down the gorge, after heavy rain it will be roaring like a lion.
You can go over the bridge and onto a track - to a locked gate, I managed to limbo underneath the gate and headed up the track form quite a distance. I turned around and we headed back downtime road that we had driven up to reach the area. Although you can. not get riverside - you can immerse yourself in the stunning countryside and glens either side. During our wander we did see several red squirrels gathering food.
As much of the actual trails have rocks, roots and sadly steps then I was restricted to stay on the tarmac road.
Facilities on site;
The site is managed by the Natio0nal Trust Scotland, it is free to park for National Trust members.
If you are not a member then they charge £3 per vehicle.
Dogs are allowed everywhere.
No cafe - but there are toilets in the carpark, portable ones - one was suitable for wheelchairs.
What might you see?
Red squirrel, deer, heron, moorland birds, siskin, linnet, we also saw dragonflies, and as we visited in September so many different types of fungi.