(093) Craiglich Hill (Howe of Cromar) (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Over a relatively short distance, this is a fine hill-walk through mixed woodland, pine forest and heather moors. The views over the Howe of Cromar to the Cairngorms are particularly stunning, but there are wonderful perspectives all around Deeside and Aberdeenshire to enjoy.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(093) Craiglich Hill (Howe of Cromar) (Aberdeenshire)”

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(092) Potarch Bridge-Craigmore Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A relatively gentle forest walk over a tranquil wooded hillside in the Deeside valley. The attractive arched Potarch Bridge at the start/end of the walk makes for a very scenic outlook over the River Dee and surrounding countryside.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(092) Potarch Bridge-Craigmore Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(091) Brindy Hill-Satter Hill-Knock Saul Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an energetic 9 km hike with a reasonably demanding overall ascent of 333 m. Based on a section of the Gordon Way, there are some marvellous viewpoints along the way, including where a large area of forest has recently been felled.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(091) Brindy Hill-Satter Hill-Knock Saul Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(090) Water of Tanar-Knockie Hill-Queen’s Road (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A hugely enjoyable little hike, with gentle ascents, in the varied and visually stimulating special natural environment around the braes of Glen Tanar, taking in the pretty riverside, tranquil lochs, old pine forest, and open farmland.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(090) Water of Tanar-Knockie Hill-Queen’s Road (Aberdeenshire)”

(089) Buckie-Portgordon-Gollachy Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
Although just over 9 km in length, this is an easy coastal hike with a modest overall ascent. The sheltered position on the Moray Firth will often make for tranquil conditions, and on clear days the hills of Caithness, far away in the North of Scotland, are readily identified.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(089) Buckie-Portgordon-Gollachy Circuit (Moray)”

(088) Ben Newe (from the East) (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This walk through pine forest and heather, above upland pasture at Glenbuchat in Strathdon, provides many opportunities for exhilarating views. The route is short, at just over 6 km, but involves a fairly steep climb with just over 360 m in overall ascent.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(088) Ben Newe (from the East) (Aberdeenshire)”

(087) Meikle Tap (Hill of Fare) Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Close to Westhill and Banchory, this is an accessible walk in open conifer forest and heather moorland, easily accomplished in a half-day excursion. The ascent to the top is gradual, whilst the views from the top are wonderful. A good hill-walk for walkers of all abilities.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(087) Meikle Tap (Hill of Fare) Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(086) Fyvie-Den Wood Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an energetic walk in a variety of woodland habitats in the Den of Rothie, at Fyvie, in rural Aberdeenshire. It is fairly long at over 8km, with an appreciable overall ascent of over 200m. In season, there are numerous opportunities to identify fungi along the way.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(086) Fyvie-Den Wood Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(085) St Ninian’s Isle Circuit (Shetland)

Route Summary
This walk will provide unforgettable images, typical of the beaches, cliffs and coastal scenery found in the Shetland Isles. The two-sided “tombolo” beach connecting to the island is particularly breath-taking. Although not a long walk, there are lots of ups and downs.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(085) St Ninian’s Isle Circuit (Shetland)”

(084) Torphins – “Netherlands” Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An enjoyable country ramble in Mid-Deeside, characterised by rolling fertile farmland, upland pine forests and heather hilltops. The route is clear, apart from a short section on an overgrown old road, and the ascents are gradual. There are wonderful views throughout the walk.

Duration: 3.25 hours. Continue reading “(084) Torphins – “Netherlands” Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”