Cambus O May

Come for endless darting dragonflies on the lochans and in winter for snow-clad views of the surrounding mountains. The woodland here is classic Scots pine with a carpet of heather and blaeberry - ideal habitat for capercaillie and black grouse.

The Cambus o’ May woods (Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)) start about 2.5 miles east of Ballater. The woods have a couple of large ponds and there are some superb views of Lochnagar. There are several attractive forest walks, three of which are waymarked. A longer walk leads through the woods to the Burn o’ Vat in the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve. It is possible to walk to Cambus O’May direct from Ballater.