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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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  • Great location for a walk. There are plenty of options depending on your appetite for walking: from family-friendly flat round-the-lake walk to some pretty arduous hikes. The landscape is stunning, es...  more »
  • 10 km to Ballater, you can access the Valley by a small narrow road (crossed in areas only). The result then Spittal of Glenmuik, tiny holiday village. From there we take a delicious path circling the loch (2 h 30). The landscape, grandiose, wild and peaceful is a delight. On the ridges of the mountains overlooking the loch, herds of deer watching you...
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  • Been to the Loch a fair few times, Good car parking and toilets, Beautiful all year round, Good Path around Loch, and theres some decent hill walking to be done not too far away (Lochnagar, The White ...  more »

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