02 Oct 2022


All Day

Grampian – Glen Tanar Drive

By kind permission of Glentanar Charitable Trust

Travel  from Aberdeen direction to arrive between 10.30  and 11.45am

Please note all vehicles must be in the parking field by 11.45am at the latest as you will meet the horses going out on the drive and there is no where to pass At Aboyne – left turn just before the `Green – Games field` Proceed past the Boat Inn on the right, and turn left over the River Dee Turn right and proceed up river for about 1 mile Before the bridge at the main entrance to the estate, turn left -look out for BDS  Sign!
The track is narrow and passing is difficult so please arrive within the above time slot when the ranger has kept the track clear of on- coming traffic.

Follow this forestry track for about 2 miles.
Do not take any turnings off to the left – it will be arrowed This takes you to the parking field on the right near St Lesmos Chapel  There will be no toilet facilities available, so please bring your own.  Feel free to bring your own picnic.  All rubbish must be taken home including any horse muck and hay from around the parking field.  Please bring your own equipment to deal with this.

The duty vet on call for this event is from Dukes Equine Vets and he can be contacted on 07966367746.
In case of any problems or you get lost please call Jane MacInnes on 07889340362 or Ewan MacInnes on 07764575291 Departure from the event is between 4-5 pm when the ranger will keep the track open for us again.

There are 2 route options for the drive and we need to know which route you intend to drive in advance so that we can prepare.  £15 for members/£20 non-members

Glentanar Drive 2022

The drive starts from the parking area and proceeds down river to the Bridge of Ess and returns on the north side on the public road, past the Visitor Centre car park and Home Farm, to the end of the public road.
Thereafter, go to the right and follow the sign which reads ‘’Walkers and Cyclists’’. On your left is the Equestrian Centre sand arena and several houses after which you pass through a gateway. Shortly after you arrive at a T junction. Take the route to the Left knows as the Queen’s Road which brings to the rear of the estate sawmill and the head of the Trout Loch. This brings you to another junction.

At this junction there are two options.

Option 1. Turn left back to Knockie Bridge and on to the south side of Tanar Water and left again back to the parking field. This route is approximately 8.5 km

Option 2. If you turn right and go up river you come to Porphry Bridge turning left and left again over the Allochy Bridge. Proceed down river on the south side back to the parking area. This part of the route adds 4.5 km to the earlier section making a total of 13km.

It is most important that if you wish to take the 13km route you make that clear on your entry form.
There are several water drainage channels which cross the track and have to be filled in and we are prepared to do this only if several members wish to take this route.

Option 2 route will be familiar to members as this has been used in previous years.