Please Consider Donating a Tree

Thanks to Trees for Life for the image.

A great deal of the pleasure we get from our walks is in appreciating the natural environment around us – the hills – the coasts – the farmland – the woodlands and forests – and all the living creatures that inhabit these natural environments. Of course, we are aware that our trips in our car to walk locations create greenhouse gases. To help offset that negative impact we have arranged for a grove of trees to be planted on our behalf on a hillside near Loch Ness managed by the Trees for Life organisation, and we will be adding a tree to that grove every month.

We’ve also arranged so that anyone who enjoys the walks we publish on our Mack Walks website and Facebook page can also donate a tree to compensate for the trips they make to follow one of our walks. A donation of £6 pays for the planting of a native tree in the Scottish Highlands, storing away carbon for the rest of its natural lifespan. You can also add your name and a message.

If you wish, click here to donate one or more trees.

For more information, see:
https://themackwalks.wordpress.com/please-donate-a-tree/

(164) Abbey St Bathans-Edin’s Hall Broch Circuit (Borders)

Route Summary
An enjoyable rural walk amongst rolling Borders hills and a patchwork of fields and woods. The highlight of the route is a visit to the ruin of an unusual and mysterious broch overlooking the Whiteadder Water valley. There is an option to divert to the summit of Cockburn Law.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(163) Strachan-Scolty Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This quieter approach, from the southern side, to the summit of the popular Scolty Hill near Banchory, provides fine scenic opportunities at every turn on the route. The tower monument at the top can be ascended by an internal staircase to provide even better all-around views.

Duration: 3.5 hours

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(162) Braes of Morven-Roar Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
There are great views, particularly of the Howe of Cromar, on this vigorous little hill-walk on the eastern slopes of Morven Hill, steadily gaining more than 300 meters ascent over a relatively short distance to achieve some fine outlooks in all directions.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(161) Wormit-Balmerino Abbey Circuit (Fife)

Route Summary
An interesting coastal walk in a very scenic area with lots of ups and downs on the undulating route taking in views of the Tay Estuary and mixed woodland. The Tay Rail Bridge and the pretty hamlet of Balmerino, with its ancient abbey ruins, are particularly memorable features.

Duration: 3.5 hours.

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(160) Aboyne-River Dee-Bell Wood-Belwade Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
The route provides a very enjoyable and scenic mix of walking environments taking in the banks of the River Dee, a mature pine wood, and open pasture for horses, with wide-open and long-distance views.

Duration: 3.75 hours.

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(159) Potarch-Shooting Greens-Slewdrum Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a good leg-stretching walk without too much time or effort involved. There are nice views of the Deeside valley and hills beyond. In summer, the Deeside Way path is embroidered with an array of pretty and colourful wildflowers on either side.

Duration: 2.75 hours.

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(158) Cambus O’May-Torphantrick Wood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A fairly short and easy excursion into a birch and conifer woodland, returning on a path along the south bank of the River Dee, near Ballater. The focal point on the walk are the fine lines of the striking white-painted suspension footbridge at Cambus O’May.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(157) Forres-Sanquhar Loch-Cluny Hill Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
A varied walk, with some hilly sections, mostly in mature woodlands in and around the attractive town of Forres, which enjoys a relatively mild and sunny microclimate, protected by the Grampian Mountains. There are a number of points of interest along the way.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(156) Smirisary Village and White Beaches (Highland)

Route Summary
This is a short coastal walk in an extraordinarily beautiful but remote area, with great views out to the islands of Eigg and Muck. The part-abandoned village of Smirisary, in a stunning pastoral setting, is your gateway to a little clutch of evocative white sand beaches.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(155) White Bridge-Glen Brown-Glen Avon Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
An enjoyable circuit on the slopes of Tom Beag, in remote hill country on the edge of the Cairngorms. The route passes through sheep pasture, conifer woodland, and heather and juniper, giving great views of Glen Brown and Strath Avon.

Duration: 3 hours.

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