Loch Brandy

Explore a remote mountain loch

From the car park of the Glen Clova Hotel, a path leads up to Loch Brandy, high in the hills that border the glen. It’s a stiff climb but a short one – and you can have a well-earned rest in the hotel when you get back!

The loch is typical of the remote pools that dot Cairngorm mountains. Mountain hares live In the moorland, and the sparse woodland on the sides of the glen is home to some of Scotland’s few wildcats.

Lorne Gill/SNH

Golden eagle


Loch Brandy

David Long/RBGE

Bryum moss

Walking and cycling
Loch Heath

An easy roadside path to the trout loch.

Firm surface with some gentle slopes. One gate leading into a grassy field. 1 mile (1.5km) return trip. Allow ½ hour.

Loch Brandy

A steep climb is rewarded with fine views down the glen and the loch, nestled in its rocky corrie. The weather can change quickly and it can be much colder and windier up on the hill than in the glen. Make sure you are properly equipped with warm, waterproof clothing, and take something to eat with you.

Firm, stony and rocky path. Long steep slopes. 3½ miles (5.5 km) to the loch and back. Allow 3 hours.

Look out for
Mountain hare

Mountain hares are the only mammal in Scotland adapted to Arctic conditions. They rely on camouflage, keen eyesight and speed to avoid predators like golden eagles and falcons.


Wildcats raise their young in dens in the thin woodland on the slopes of the glen. They hunt for prey over a wide range, including up onto the moorland.