Explore some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland with this pick of wilderness walks from a new guide to routes that take in free bothies
Lochnagar and Gelder Shiel Stable bothy from Balmoral
Why do it? An adventurous round of Lochnagars awe-inspiring north-east corrie from Gelder Shiel Stable, with grandstand views of the crags towering over the loch that gives the mountain its name
Distance 13 miles; 6.5-8 hours over two days (in summer conditions)
Rising nobly above Royal Deeside, on the edge of the sprawling Mounth plateau, Lochnagar is one of the most celebrated hills in the Cairngorms. The mountain is the focal point of the southern quarter of this vast, protected region, its most prominent feature a huge amphitheatre of fractured granite buttresses that inspired Byrons rousing 1807 poem, Lachin Y Gair.