Uath Lochan & Farleitter Crag walk - a hidden gem in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland


The stunning view of Uath Lochan from Farleitter Crag with pine trees as far as the eye can see. This is one of my favourite views in this region of Scotland and suprinsingly easy to get too

Exploring the Serenity of Uath Lochan: A Nature Lover's Paradise

Nestled in the breathtaking Scottish Cairngorms National Park, one of the most stunning and ecologically diverse regions in Scotland, Uath Lochan stands as a hidden gem, waiting to be discovered by those seeking tranquility and natural beauty. Uath Lochan offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With its stunning forested landscapes, diverse wildlife, and enchanting walking trails, this captivating destination promises an unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Uath Lochan - a natures delight

Uath Lochan and its surrounding area are home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The forests are adorned with native Scots pine, birch, and oak trees, which create a vibrant tapestry of colors throughout the seasons. Wildlife enthusiasts will delight in the chance to spot red deer, pine martens, golden eagles, and even the elusive Scottish wildcat. Keep your camera ready, as these encounters make for truly memorable moments.

Uath Lochan and its stunning surroundings offer an idyllic retreat where visitors can reconnect with nature, enjoy peaceful walks, and experience the untamed beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll around the lochan or an exhilarating hike up a mountain, this captivating destination promises to leave a lasting impression. 

Where is Uath Lochan?

Uath Lochan is situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Accessible via the A9 road, the lochan lies a mere 15-minute drive south of Newtonmore, a charming Highland village known for its warm hospitality and traditional Scottish culture. The park's central location also makes it easily accessible from major cities such as Inverness and Edinburgh, making it a perfect day trip or a longer getaway destination.

Exploring the Area

The area surrounding Uath Lochan is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering an array of activities to suit all interests. The lochan itself is a sparkling freshwater lake, known for its crystal-clear waters and peaceful ambiance. Surrounded by lush green forests and rolling hills, it creates a picturesque setting that captures the essence of the Scottish Highlands.

Popular walking trails around Uath Lochan

Uath Lochan Trail: 

The Uath Lochan Trail is a delightful, clearly marked, circular walk, or varying lengths that winds its way around the lochan. This easy-to-moderate trail offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, especially from Farleitter Crag,  and the chance to spot local wildlife, including red squirrels, otters, and a variety of bird species. The path is well-maintained, and benches are scattered along the route, providing opportunities to pause and soak in the serenity of the surroundings. You'll find more information on this walk further down the page.

Badenoch Way: 

For those seeking a longer adventure, the Badenoch Way is a fantastic option. This 26-mile long-distance trail begins in Aviemore and ends in Newtonmore, passing by Uath Lochan along the way. The trail takes you through diverse terrain, including forests, moorland, and riverside paths, offering a true Highland experience. It is recommended to divide the trail into several days, allowing ample time to fully immerse yourself in the remarkable scenery and connect with nature.

Creag Dubh Trail: 

A short drive from Uath Lochan, the Creag Dubh Trail provides an exhilarating ascent to the summit of Creag Dubh. As you climb, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Cairngorms, the Spey Valley, and even the Ben Nevis mountain range on a clear day. This moderate-to-strenuous trail is perfect for those seeking a challenging hike that showcases the magnificence of the Scottish Highlands.

Farleitter Crag walk - a quick route with the best views

This short walk to Farleitter Crag is an absolute gem of a route and only 2.8 miles and gives that superb view at the top of the page. It's on an easy to follow path as long as you take the correct paths at the various junctions. It's also a good walk to do as a bit of a leg stretcher if your making a long drive to Inverness as it's not far off the A9. Click the button below to view the full interactive map route.

If you don't have a Phone Map App - I really recommend the one by Ordnance Survey. You can download route maps to your phone such as this one and the app will show you exactly where you are on the route even when you have no signal - so no more taking a wrong turn :-)

Happy Hiking!

Post by Stuart Hodgson 
'The Hiking Photographer'

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