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Glen Markie Track

Start location: Spey Dam (NN 584 937)
End location: Killin Lodge (NH 530 092)
Geographical area: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Cairngorms National Park
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 22km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

The Spey Dam lies 4km west of Laggan village. From the dam, where there is parking, go north up the rough track in Glen Markie for almost 5km until it peters out. Just past the Piper's Burn, cross the Markie Burn by a substantial bridge at NH588983 and head NW up the ridge on the north-east side of Lochan a' Choire, over the flat plateau north-east of Geal Charn and down to Lochan na Lairige. Continue north down the Crom Allt on smooth grassy streamside flats for 2km to the Chalybeate Spring (not evident) at NH559032. From there a network of hydro roads leads 4km to Sronelarig Lodge (but take care to keep on the true right bank of the Crom Allt). From there it is 11km past Killin Lodge and Loch Killin to Whitebridge.

Laggan to Whitebridge: 35km (22miles)

OS Landranger 34 & 35

Heritage Information

This old route is said to have been the way to Inverness preferred by the people of Laggan. Although some of the original line has been overlain by landrover tracks, it is strongly visible for much of the way and is marked by ancient cairns at the col. The sections of the route which may from maps appear to be the weakest are, in fact, well-defined by burns, the nature of the country - extensive rough peat hags for many miles to the west - being such that the burns undoubtedly represent the line of choice, both in ancient times and now. We have also been told that there were once coffin rests or marker stones in the southernmost of the two Glen Markies. Any more information about the historic use of the route will be gratefully received.

By the same token that the route was an important link to the north for the former inhabitants of Laggan, it similarly represents a strategic link for modern-day walkers. Although it can be relatively quiet, our surveyor encountered a party of four walkers and, as the route passes Geal Charn, it is often used at least in part to access this Munro.


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