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Kindie Burn Path

Start location: Cabrach (NJ 384 268)
End location: Glenkindie (NJ 428 142)
Geographical area: Grampian
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 11km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

Leave the A97 in Donside 1km west of Glenkindie and go N up the Kindie Burn by Glencuie and Rinmore to Largue, where the road ends. Then go NNW by a track which ends ½km south of the col between Dun Mount and Mount Meddin. Go N across this col over very rough ground - peat bog and heather - to find the end of the track on the north side of the watershed. Accurate navigation is necessary. This track leads down the north-flowing Kindy Burn past Bracklach to Powneed, from where a farm road goes to Cabrach.

Heritage Information

This track is shown entirely in the 19th century OS 6 inch to the mile map as a road.  This map also shows the site of St Ronald's Chapel and St Ronald's Well between Glencuie and the Kindie Burn, although both chapel and well were well ruined at the time the OS maps were surveyed.

This track was certainly used by people travelling to and from the Cabrach area to Donside, but the existence of St Ronald's Chapel perhaps points to another use of the path. It may well have been used by people to attend services and burials, so could have been a Kirk road and coffin road as well.  We know very little about St Ronald's Chapel; it is said by some to have been named after Rognvald, the 12th century Earl of Orkney who initiated the building of St Magnus' Cathedral, but it has also been argued that St Ronald is a corruption of the more likely St Ronan.

 

 



 

 

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