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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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  • Glen and Loch Makoni can be reached via a small road. A car park is at the end. There is also a toilet and along. The path to the Lake is easy to find. Snow was with us and we could not go around the Lake. The East side was barely passable and we turned around. It was in the Sun on the West side super to the summer house of the Queen. The view into the Valley and Lake was intoxicating.
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  • It had snowed a week before. Snow had been packed, melted and frozen in places. Made the walk a bit more challenging, especially over the quarter where it is a narrow rock path. We felt sufficiently c...  more »
  • Loch Muick is one of my favourite places to visit. I don't even mind paying the £4.00 for parking. But after my visit today, I have changed my mind. I hit a pot hole in the car park that you would loo...  more »

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