556 Route 72. BRAEMAR. From Edinburgh
the Dee, at the Linn of Quoich (p. 555), and leads to (10 M.) Derry Lodge,
up to which point driving is practicable. This reduces the necessary walk¬
ing or riding (up and down) to 5'/2-6 hrs. The pony-track from Derry Lodge
is easily traced. The "View from the top is very extensive. Those who
wish to descend to Aviemore (p. 561) should follow the ridge to the N. to
the (1 hr.) top of Cairngorm (4084 ft.; view) and descend thence through
Rothiemurchus Forest (guide or good map and compass desirable; also
plenty of daylight). To the riiiht (E.) of the ridge between Ben Muich-Dhui
and Cairngorm lies the solitary and deep-blue Loch A'an, surrounded by
rocky walls, 900-1500 ft. high.
Another favourite ascent from Braema* is that of "Lochnagar (3770 ft.),
which lies to the S.E. (4-5 hrs.; guide 7s. Gd., pony 7s. 6d.). The route
leads through Glen Callater, and carriages can go as far as (51/2 M.) Loch
Callater, whence the path to the summit is fairly defined. Below the N.
shoulder lies the small lake of Lochnagar. Byron spent part of his boy¬
hood in the farmhouse of Ballatrich, 51/2 M. from Ballater, and has sung
the praises of Lochnagar in a well-known passage. — The descent may be
made (clearly marked tracks) to Ballater or Balmoral (see below).
From Braemar to Blairgowrie (6 hrs.; fares 12s. 6d.-13s. 6d.) and
Dunkeld (8'/2 hrs.; 14s.-15s.), coach (8 a.m.) daily, through Glen Clunie and
the picturesque Glenshee. Halts are made at the (15 M.) Spital of Glenshee
Hotel and the (26 M.) Persie Inn. 28 M. Bridge of Cally (Temperance
Inn); hence to Pitlochry, see p. 561. 35 M. Blairgowrie (Royal, R. or D.
3s. 6d., Queen's). Passengers for Perth may go on hence by afternoon
train via Coupar Angus (p. 55i). The coach goes on to (47 M.) Dunkeld,
see p. 559.
From Braemar motor-omnibuses (fare 2s. Gd.) run five times
daily to (1772 M.) Ballater in 172hr. The highly picturesque *Route
passes Invercauld House on the left, and crosses (3 M.) * Invercauld
Bridge, the finest point on the road, which follows the Bee the whole
way. 6 M. (to the right) Balmoral Castle, long the Highland home
of Queen Victoria. The cairns which crown most of the hills here
are memorials of friends of Her Majesty. To the left, 3/4 M. beyond
Balmoral, is the new Crathie Church (1893-95), the interior of which
is adorned with gifts from the royal family and others. Then (172 M.),
to the right, Abergeldie Castle, at one time a shooting-box of Ed¬
ward VII. when Prince of Wales. — 672 M. Ballater (750 ft.; In¬
vercauld Arms), a small summer-resort, pleasantly situated at the
foot of the wooded Craigendarroch (1250 ft.), which is frequently
ascended for the sake of the view (72 hr.).
From Ballater excursions may be made to Morven (2880 ft.), the (6 M.)
Linn of Muick, (2 M.) Pannanich Wells, (61/2 M.) Burn of the Vat, etc. It is
also one of the recognised starting-points for an ascent of Lochnagar (see
above; 4-5 hrs.).
Ballater is the terminus of the Dbeside Railway, which runs
hence along the Dee to (4372 M.) Aberdeen (ll/2-i3jt hrs.; fares
7s. 3a7., 3s. 7l/%d.). Tne chief intermediate stations are (11 M.)
Aboyne (Huntly Arms), with the seat of the Marquis of Huntly,
and (2672 M.) Banchory. Beyond (3872 M.) Murtle, the large
Deeside Hydropathic is seen to the right.
431/o M. Aberdeen. — Hotels. Palace (PL b; A, 5, 6), at the station,
B. is., D. 4s. 6d.; Station, Guild St., near the station, R. 3s. 6d., D. 4s.;
Grand (PI. c; A, 5), Union Terrace Gardens, R. 4s. 6d., D. 5s.; 'Imperial
(PI. a; B,5), Stirling St., R. or D. 4s. 6d.; Douglas (PI. d; B, 5), Market St.,
•A M. from the station; Royal (PL e; A, 6), Bridge Place; Waverley