Cairn Cattoch Walk is one of several waymarked walks within the forest to the north of Archiestown. The village of Archiestown is one of the highest in Moray, standing at 237 metres (777ft) above sea level. It is situated on the B9102 scenic route to Grantown on the south facing slopes of the Moor of Ballintomb to the north of the River Spey. The village was founded in 1760 by Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk, who established it as a community of linen weavers. It still retains much of the character of the eighteenth century planned settlement and is designated a Conservation Village.
THE ROUTE AND FEATURES OF INTEREST:
The route starts in the village centre at the timber finger post. Follow this sign north along the tarmac road to the entrance of the forest, and from here follow the yellow banded waymarkers. The route travels along the forest roads all the way except for a short section of heather at the summit. The route passes to the left of a forestry quarry, which is geologically situated on the edge of the Rinnes granite. This granite was intruded into the indigenous rock, a very hard quartzite some 400 million years ago. Both rock types can be seen at the quarry. At the summit there are extensive views of the surrounding countryside from the Cairngorms in the south to the Northern Highlands visible between the forested hills of the Rothes Estate
A path which is generally over four miles, with varying surfaces and gradients along its length. In some instances the path could be less than four miles where it has excessive gradient and/or covers rough terrain.
ESTIMATED WALKING TIME:
00 Day(s) 02 Hour(s) 30 Minute(s)
HEIGHT CLIMBED AND DEGREE OF SLOPE:
Long gentle climb along most of route, with a steeper section leading to the viewpoint. A total climb of 130 metres (390ft) with the summit sitting at 369 metres (1120ft) above sea level
Mainly on forest track. There is a short section of rough earth path through heather to reach the summit viewpoint. Stout footwear is advised
All non motorised users have a right of access to use this route under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The route is suitable for a wide range of users, although cyclists may require to dismount on the short section to the viewpoint
You now have a 'right of access' to all the paths featured. You are required to act responsibly in accordance with the new Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC). Know the code before you go! To acknowledge landowners and farmers co-operation in making these walks possible leave the area as you find it, respect property and take care to stay away from farming and timber operations. Please keep dogs under control at all times and on a lead near livestock. Note: Please do not pick wild flowers, this is a criminal offence.
Forestry Commission Scotland, Huntly office - Tel. 01466 794161 Speyside Footpaths Network Group, Allan Gurr- Tel. 01340 810682 Moray Council Outdoor Access Manager, Ian Douglas - Tel. 01343 557049 Traveline, public transport info- Tel 0870 6082608
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