Cambus O’May

Cambus O May Forest Walk

I’m going to tell you about another of my very favourite walks, the Forestry Commission Scotland trails at Cambus O’May, between Dinnet and Ballater.

Riverside cottage at Cambus O MayIt’s one of Mum’s favourite walks too, although I suspect that is because it’s right next to the Riverside Cottage, where she can pick up some lovely homemade soup, cakes and great coffee afterwards.



If you are heading from the Aboyne side, it’s very easy to find. It’s on your right, just after the famous suspension bridge and is well signposted.

2015-10-02 16.51.43Depending on how much time we have, we can follow one of three trails.


We normally take the red one, which is really beautiful and takes just under an hour (or even less if Mum is really keen to get her latte at the end!).

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Here’s a photo of me just checking that I’m going the right way. It’s all very well signposted.

Before Mum gets her latte, I get a lovely drink from the burn. We can then decide if we are going to head back down the hill on the red trail or continue a bit further on the yellow one.

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Finally, there is a very pretty bridge to cross over on the way back to the car park.2015-10-02 16.36.54 2015-10-02 16.42.52

Please do try these walks – I’m sure you will enjoy them.


Parkin’s Moss, Muir of Dinnet

This is one of my favourite walks, although I prefer it when my mum runs with me, but she hasn’t done that for a while. It’s part of the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, which has a few great walks, and I’ll tell you about the others soon.

You park at the Burn O’Vat visitor centre and cross the road and follow the dragonfly signs.

Parkin's Moss trail in deeside, Aberdeenshire
Follow the dragonfly signs

The walk is 3km long, which can take us up to an hour if I stop to sniff all the exciting smells. It takes about 20 minutes if we run it, but that’s missing out the wooden walkway across the moss (that means bog) because mum doesn’t like it when I jump in the mud. I love it when we do get to go on the wooden walkway because it makes a funny noise when I scamper along. Mum always stops to take photos and that’s my chance to jump off the edge and get wet when she’s not looking!

Parkin's Moss

There’s a pretty bridge that I get to stop at and have a little paddle and a drink.

Muir of Dinnet walk, Aberdeenshire

In the summer I need to stay on the lead in case I frighten the nesting birds… as if!

Diary of a Deeside Dog

Welcome to Oscar’s blog – the diary of a Deeside Dog.

Oscar is a lively, bouncy cockapoo who lives at Ordie Bakery House, right next to the self catering holiday cottage. His hobbies are eating cheese, bouncing through heather, watching sheep and chasing pheasants – and he absolutely loves meeting new people.

There are so many lovely places to visit in Aberdeenshire and loads of great walks around the Deeside area, and Oscar will introduce you to some of his favourites in this blog.

Oscar, the Deeside Dog