An hour’s drive from Aberdeen along the Deeside Road, Glen Tanar, with its breathtaking Highland scenery, is situated on the eastern edge of the Cairngorms National Park.
From rugged heather moorland to towering Caledonian pine forests to the majestic River Dee. Glen Tanar is a destination for exploring the best of natural Scotland.
Glen Tanar offer driven guided tours taking you into the heart of the estate where you might spot a golden eagle soaring high above, herons fishing over the secluded trout loch, or red squirrels darting between the ancient Scots pines. The trip includes binoculars and refreshments but don’t forget your camera! Depending on the season and choice of route you may spot red deer, roe deer, red squirrels, adders, golden eagles, osprey, black grouse, merlins, hen harriers and crossbills.
Where better to fish than amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Glen Tanar in Royal Deeside? One of the world’s best spring salmon rivers, the magnificent River Dee has been fished for centuries, and many of the beats within Glen Tanar have been used by anglers since the 1600s. Today, the fast flowing, crystal clear waters host a series of salmon pools that provide anglers with some of the best fly-fishing in Europe.
Fishing on the Dee also includes Sea Trout which start to arrive around May. A lot of people fish for them at night because the trout tend to be more active and it is quite an exciting way of fishing. They are smaller than salmon averaging a couple of pounds but can get up to 3-4lbs.
All fishing on Glen Tanar’s four beats is fly-based and can be booked by week, part week or day, subject to availability, from 1 March until 30 September inclusive. Fishing with a ghillie is included during the Spring season (from 1 March – 30 June), and available on some beats during the Summer season (1 July – 30 September).
Trout fishing on Glen Tanar’s private loch guarantees a tranquillity fix in peaceful, secluded surroundings. They offer fly fishing by boat for rainbow trout and brown trout. Lifejackets for adults and children are available but please bring your own fishing equipment. Day and evening sessions are available from March to December. Please visit their website for more details.
Walk, Ride, Cycle
Get off the beaten track and explore Glen Tanar by foot, by bike, or on horseback. There are miles of tracks throughout Glen Tanar making it an ideal location for exploration. Whether it is walking you enjoy or mountain biking, you can experience the wilderness of Scotland by venturing deep into the Estate. Glen Tanar also plays host to Scotland’s most easterly munro, Mount Keen, so if you are feeling adventurous why not bag a munro too!
Glen Tanar is a wildlife photographer’s paradise. To help visitors watch and photograph some of the species that can be found here, there are several hides at various locations throughout the estate. These are positioned to make the most of available light and surrounding views. Visitors should be prepared to spend several hours inside a hide. The prevalence of individual bird species changes each year, and the chance of seeing them depends on breeding success and nest locations. Depending on the time of year you could could be lucky to spot osprey, merlin, black grouse, peregrines, hen harrier and the majestic golden eagle. Full information and booking details can be found on their website.
The Deeside Geotour runs along the Deeside Way from Drumoak to Ballater, continuing up to Braemar and some of the caches will take you into Glen Tanar Estate. All the caches are freely available and you can find out more information at the Glen Tanar Visitor Centre.”
From the Wikipedia Page for Glen Tanar:
“Glen Tanar (Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Tanar) is a glen in Aberdeenshire, eastern Scotland, through which the Water of Tanar flows. Near the mouth of the glen, at Tower o’ Ess, the Water of Tanar flows into the River Dee. This flows through Deeside into the North Sea at Aberdeen.
Glen Tanar contains the third largest area of Caledonian Forest in Scotland, and is of national and European importance.
Forty-two square km of the glen is designated by Scottish Natural Heritage as a national nature reserve. Most of the area remains under private ownership as part of the Glen Tanar Estate, however 182 ha is owned by Scottish Natural Heritage, being designated as the “Strict Reserve Zone” of the national nature reserve. Glen Tanar lies within the Cairngorms National Park, and is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, and a Special Area of Conservation. The national nature reserve is designated a Category IV protected area by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Wikipedia Entry for Glen Tanar
Glen Tanar provides the eastern walking route to Mount Keen, Scotland’s most easterly Munro. Starting at the car park at the end of the public road, walkers follow the glen through the native Caledonian Forest into open moorland before crossing the river to begin the ascent.”
“Just at the edge of Dinnet village, there’s a place where you can walk through some of Deeside’s prettiest woodlands and picnic beside a loch clothed in water lilies. And if you fancy scrambling into a granite cauldron, following in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, you can do that too!VisitAberdeenshire
Muir of Dinnet blends woodland, heath, open water and an impressive example of nature’s sculptural work, all on one site. Visit the Burn O’Vat and feel the rock walls swallow you up in their damp embrace, cutting you off from the outside world. Elsewhere, wander through birch woodlands, watch for the flash of a damselfly’s wings or savour the peace and tranquillity of a summer reflection in the clear water of the lochs.
Lying within the Cairngorms National Park, Muir of Dinnet has a range of enchanting walks through the woodland and around the water-filled kettle hole that forms Loch Kinord. There are four waymarked paths starting from the visitor centre. They range from just under a mile to the Burn O’Vat and up to nearly four miles on the Loch Kinord circular path. Take time to stroll through the woodland looking out for birds, animals and delicate woodland wildflowers
There is a visitor centre, which tells the story of how the different elements of the reserve evolved and what you are likely to see if you go out to enjoy the reserve. You can find out how glaciers carved up the landscape, how the lochs and bogs formed, how well the woodland is doing and why the reserve is so special. The visitor centre is rated Gold as part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
The best time to visit is in spring and winter for birds, and all year round for visits to the Burn O’Vat.
There are toilets a short distance beyond the visitor centre, which are open all year. One of these toilets is wheelchair accessible and also has baby changing facilities.The main car park is located at the Burn O’ Vat Visitor Centre. Paths are available to the Burn `o Vat, onto Parkin’s Moss, around Loch Kinord, from Dinnet village and between Lochs Kinord and Davan.”