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Loch Muick, Ballater

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Loch Muick is an upland, freshwater loch lying approximately 5mi south of Braemar, Scotland at the head of Glen Muick and within the boundary of the Balmoral estate.GeographyLoch Muick trends in a southwest and northeast direction and is approximately 2.25mi in length. It is surrounded on both sides by steep hills. The loch is fed by many small streams, the largest being Allt an dubh Loch in the west which flows down from Dubh Loch. The outflow is the source of the River Muick. The name of loch, glen and river is pronounced "Mick".The loch was surveyed on 8 July 1905 by T.N. Johnston and L.W. Collet and later charted as part of the Sir John Murray's Bathymetrical Survey of Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland 1897-1909.Drinking from the waters of the Loch is ill advised. The early 21st century produced several reports of walkers and cyclists alike developing strains of E.coli and campylobacter which, if left untreated, can be fatal.Flora and faunaA wide variety of bird and animal life can be found in and around the loch including red squirrel, red deer, oyster catchers, salmon and trout. Birch trees can be found around the edge of the loch.
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  • 25 minutes from Ballater, this spectacular loch provides a perfect base walking location. On our last visit, we only had time to walk around the loch, however there are many walks starting form this l...  more »
  • Loch Muick is an easy long walk around a beautiful lake. Be sure to bring change for parking at the Spittal of Loch Muick. It is £4. Also take your time driving in/out from Ballater. You might see wil...  more »
  • Lovely walk around loch muick....only downside is the £4.00 for parking which is now a machine so no cards taken so remember your change. The walk itself is lovely. Stopped at queens Victoria's house ...  more »