A short walk with minimal overall ascent in a very pleasing rural environment. Key features include: the pretty village of Fettercairn, its well-known distillery, a beautiful loch, and the baronial mansion of Fasque House. Fettercairn House, too, is glimpsed through the trees.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Duration: 2.5 hours.
Transport/Parking: Only an occasional local bus service from Brechin and Laurencekirk. Off-road parking spaces at the start-point, on Burnside Road.
Length: 7.500 km / 4.69 mi
Height Gain: 95 meter
Height Loss: 95 meter
Max Height: 125 meter
Min Height: 67 meter
Surface: Moderate. Mostly on estate and minor public roads.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent.
Dog Friendly: Yes. On lead at all times.
Refreshments: The Arch Cafe and Ramsay Arms Hotel in Fettercairn.
This is an easy and enjoyable walk through very pleasant rural surroundings and woodland. The walk starts and finishes in the attractive village of Fettercairn with its distinctive Victorian arch and pretty village square. It lies in the area known as the Howe of the Mearns, at the southern end of the B974 Cairn o’ Mount road, a road that climbs over the eastern flank of the Cairngorm Mountains to Banchory. The Mercat Cross in the square is from the 17th Century, or earlier. The route at first takes the walker past the eye-catching white-painted buildings of the Fettercairn Distillery before heading, past fields, for the grounds of the Fasque Estate, associated with Prime Minister Gladstone and family (Victorian era). We follow a path around a fishing loch in a beautiful setting, partly with open outlooks, partly within mature trees. The route then ascends, past an old walled garden, to skirt the imposing and visually pleasing Fasque House building. In front there is an open lawn with sundial where the eye is drawn to a large area of deer park, surrounded by high trees. After visiting the estate chapel, now an Episcopal Church, the route gently descends to the Cairn o’ Mount road before entering the heavily wooded Fettercairn Estate grounds on the way back to Fettercairn. See also: http://www.mearns.org/fetter.htm
***We have received a report that you may encounter a locked gate upon leaving the Fasque Estate at Waypoint 13. If so, we suggest that you will have to re-trace your steps back to the start, missing out the final section through woodland in the Fettercairn Estate. Some walkers may be prepared to complete the route by negotiating their way around the estate gate on the right side by stepping onto a low wall and passing through a gap between the gate and a hedge..***