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/

(171) River Divie-Dunphail Castle-Randolph’s Leap (Moray)

Route Summary
Walking in beautiful surroundings, especially accentuated when Autumn colours are to the fore, but hugely appealing at any time of year due to the contrast between the tranquil pine forest and the dynamic energy of fast-flowing torrents compressed between rocky gorges.

Duration: 3.5 hours.

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(170) Rafford-Califer Viewpoint Circular (Moray)

Route Summary
A good leg-stretching excursion amongst farmland and mixed woodland in rural Moray to achieve a popular vantage point high above the inner Moray Firth where the views are guaranteed to be breathtaking, whatever the weather.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(169) Tillypronie-Baderonoch-Reinacharn Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A short and relatively easy hill-walk in mixed countryside, near Tarland, to a low moorland hill-top where panoramic views can be enjoyed. There are 3 man-made commemorative stone features on the route that provide further interest and stimulation.

Duration: 1.5 hours.

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(168) Tarland-Drummy Wood-Tomnaverie-Tarland Way (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This gentle excursion into the varied countryside around Tarland makes for an excellent introduction to the many walking opportunities in the area, with a paths network maintained with help from the MacRobert Trust. On the route, the visit to the Tomnaverie Stone Circle is unforgettable.

Duration: 2 hours.

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(167) Linn of Dee-Glen Lui Townships (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Although overlooked by high hills this is a gentle hike in a special place, suitable for most walkers. It is readily possible to modify the route to take in only the River Dee and Lui Water sections, or the walk distance can be extended by 3.5 km, to the Derry Hunting Lodge.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(166) Braemar-Two Rivers Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
When visiting the attractive village of Braemar, this walk makes for a gentle introduction to the highland landscape of Upper Strathdee, with tantalising glimpses of the Cairngorms.

Duration: 2 hours.

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(165) Old Portlethen-Findon Moor Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A scenic coastal circuit. The pretty cove where boats haul out onto the shore at Old Portlethen kicks off the cliff-top section of the walk which ends at the wild area of moorland at Findon Moss. Check the safety note in our walk description before embarking on this route.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(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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