This route takes advantage of two marked trails, making a figure of eight loop centred on a car park, meaning you can cut the walk short.
You also pass the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail – a series of wooden carvings made by a self-taught sculptor who wanted to reflect what it means to be human.
A perfect family walk in the shadow of the mountains of the Cairngorms.
Make sure you keep up with the latest coronavirus restrictions, even a walk in beautiful countryside is not worth the risk.
DISTANCE: 3 miles / 5km.
HEIGHT CLIMBED: 400ft / 122m.
TIME: 1½ to 2 hours.
MAP: OS Landranger 35.
PARK: The Forestry and Land Scotland’s Feshiebridge car park – a quarter of a mile west of the bridge on the B970.
THE ROUTE: Leave the far end of the car park by a path next to an information board. At a track go right and shortly afterwards it is possible to detour left to see the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail. Otherwise, stay on the track, ignoring a turning down to the right.
Bear right just before a field to drop down a grassy track and after about 80 yards go right, down a path towards the River Feshie. The path swings right to follow the river upstream – before you reach a small building, the “Feshie Bridge river gauging station” which monitors water flow. After this the path leaves the river and rises to the car park.
To continue the walk, go left and follow a path which starts at a yellow waymarker, on a hairpin bend at the end of the car park. Follow the path up above the river and then drop down closer to it to reach Feshiebridge – it is worth dropping down to the rocks and pools below the bridge before you reach the road.
Cross the road, but not the bridge, and follow a track on the other side which goes to the left of some houses and continues upstream. Follow it for about two thirds of a mile to a point just before a metal gate in a stone wall – go right here, up a grass path with a yellow waymarker at the bottom. The path goes up the side of the stone wall then turns right to pass through young, mixed woodland and then forestry pines.
At a track go right and follow it for about half a mile where you look for a path going into the trees on the right (there is another yellow waymarker just along it). This drops down to a minor road which you cross and bear slightly left to follow the drive taken earlier, down to the car park.