(066) Tarland-Knockargerty Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An enjoyable excursion into the pretty countryside around Tarland, between Donside and Deeside. The route takes a gradual, gentle ascent to the top of Knockargerty Hill where there are exhilarating panoramic views. The sites of two ancient monuments are visited along the way.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(066) Tarland-Knockargerty Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

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(065) Craigshannoch-Old Turnpike Road Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An excellent half-day hill walk incorporating a good mix of pine forest, heather moorland and farmland environments. Along the way there are lots of opportunities to rub shoulders with the history and myth associated with the Bennachie range.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(065) Craigshannoch-Old Turnpike Road Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(064) Delgatie Castle and Woods Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A short and easy walk in mixed woodland, passing an attractive trout loch, before diverting to the landscaped grounds of Delgatie Castle, an impressive building in the Scottish Tower House tradition.

Duration: 1.5 hours. Continue reading “(064) Delgatie Castle and Woods Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(063) Cullen Bay and Portknockie Circular (Moray)

Route Summary
A great coastal walk taking in old fishing villages and historical buildings alongside the natural beauty of a wide sandy bay and striking rock formations. The route alternates between sea and cliff-top level with a final section in landscaped woodland and farmland.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(063) Cullen Bay and Portknockie Circular (Moray)”

(062) Aden Country Park Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a short walk around the attractive landscaped grounds of Aden Country Park. The route passes the striking remains of an old mansion house before diverting to the ruins of a medieval church in Old Deer. We also recommend a trip to nearby Aikey Brae Stone Circle.

Duration: 1.5 hours. Continue reading “(062) Aden Country Park Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(061) Pittenweem-St Monans-Abercrombie Circular (Fife)

Route Summary
Although a little longer than our typical walk, this is essentially a gentle stroll. The history of the area is evident all around you and there are wonderful views of the coastline, and out to prominent features in the Firth of Forth such as the Isle of May and Bass Rock.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(061) Pittenweem-St Monans-Abercrombie Circular (Fife)”

(060) Auchterarder Circular (Perthshire)

Route Summary
This gentle circuit acquaints you with the small town of Auchterarder, famous for its very long High Street, and nearby golf courses. You will also appreciate the fine countryside views, particularly towards the Ochill Hills. Be aware, one section adjoins the busy A9 road.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(060) Auchterarder Circular (Perthshire)”

(059) Woodhead-Windy Hills Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an excellent short walk through very pleasant and quiet natural woodland. There are no steep slopes, making for easy walking. The area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the underlying quartzite gravels from an ancient river-bed.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(059) Woodhead-Windy Hills Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(058) Perth-River Tay North Inch Circuit (Perthshire)

Route Summary
This is an easy walk on level ground. The mighty River Tay fascinates throughout, passing by parkland, a golf course, rough grazing, splendid villas, and notable features such as Perth Racecourse and Scone Palace. All in all, an excellent leg-stretcher without too much effort.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(058) Perth-River Tay North Inch Circuit (Perthshire)”

(057) Blairgowrie-Cargill’s Leap-Knockie Hill Circuit (Perthshire)

Route Summary
At first following an historic passage used by Highland cattle raiders, along the River Ericht, the route then climbs gradually through hill farmland to the summit of the Knockie Hill where there are great views, near and far, in all directions.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(057) Blairgowrie-Cargill’s Leap-Knockie Hill Circuit (Perthshire)”