Safety informationThe trail is easy-going and should be suitable in all weathers, but only head out in conditions that you are comfortable walking in. Please note that the occassional mountain biker also uses the trails around the loch, so do be mindful of this. In wet conditions the exposed tree roots on the path can be very slippery so please take care and mind your footing.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Abernethy Nature Reserve
Loch Garten is part of the RSPB Abernethy Nature Reserve, which contains some of the last remaining portions of Scotland's ancient Caledonian forest. The reserve is also home to over 5,000 animal and plant species that are rare or endangered, making it a wildlife haven protected by UK and international law. There are many great opportunities for the flora or fauna enthusiast to spot something of note.
For more information about the reserve and what you can expect to see from season to season check out their website:
Food & Drink
Boat of Garten has a small local convenience store for basic groceries attached to the Post Office, The Boat Hotel with bar and restaurant, a small family-run restaurant called Anderson's (checking opening times and booking ahead is essential as they aren't open 7 days a week) and the 1896 Gallery Cafe.
Notes for walking the route in winter:
No specialist equipment, such as ice axes or crampons, is required as the route is largely low level and doesn't involve any mountain walking. However, if the weather forecast for your trip is very cold with snow and temperatures below freezing we recommend wearing a pair of strap on ice grippers like YakTrax to give a little extra grip on pavements or any icy patches if you decide to go ahead with the walk. Walking poles are also great for extra balance in snowy/slippery terrain.
You'll also need a waterproof jacket and trousers, a warm insulated jacket (either down or synthetic), with wicking baselayers and a fleece top to wear underneath as well. Warm walking socks along with a hat, neck warmer (e.g. a "Buff"), and warm gloves/mitts will also be required. A small daypack less than 25 litres should be more than ample. You can wear either walking boots or walking shoes, according to your preference, as long as they have a good tread for grip. You may also wish to bring gaiters, in the unlikely event of encountering deeper snow in the valleys, and a head torch.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, we recommend bringing a rechargeable battery pack.