Start location: Kilbo (ruin), Glen Prosen (NO 248 709)
End location: Glen Doll (NO 278 762)
Geographical area: Cairngorms National Park
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 7.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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From the ruin at Kilbo take the path north through larch woods onto the open hillside at Cairn Dye and along a barely discernible path on the Shank of Drumwhallo. The plateau is reached at about 850m and a ScotWays signpost* at NO253737 formerly indicated a turn of direction to east-northeast for about 700m to the edge of the plateau just north-west of the col between Mayar and Driesh. Very careful navigation is needed in mist. Descend the path on the east side of the Shank of Drumfollow into Corrie Kilbo and Glendoll Forest, and continue along a track over the White Water to the Glen Doll Ranger Base at the Forestry Commission Scotland carpark at the end of the public road. A little further on at Braedownie, the Carn Dearg Mountaineering Club's Hut can be booked by mountaineering clubs and other groups.
*This signpost was one of ScotWays very few high-level signs. The directional plates have gone missing twice, possibly due to their presence being controversial. The pole itself is still a useful navigational aid.
OS Landranger 44 (Ballater & Glen Clova)
This path is certainly quite old as it appears in older Ordnance Survey maps but its use, so far, is a bit of a mystery. As the ruined house in Kilbo is an old deerwatcher's house it could be surmised that it is an old and well constructed stalkers' path. It is also thought to be a possible droving route.
The Heritage Paths project is pleased to announce that Neil Ramsay (our former Project Officer) and Nate Pedersen (one of our earliest volunteers) have teamed up to write an ebook - The Mounth Passes - with photography by long-standing ScotWays member Graham Marr. If you too are interested in the heritage of these old ways through the Grampian Mountains, we highly recommend it.