(012) Hill of Barra Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
The focal point of this moderate walking excursion amongst fertile Garioch farming country is the exhilarating view from the summit of Barra Hill, redolent with the memories of historical drama over the ages. There is also an interesting visit to an old country church-yard.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(012) Hill of Barra Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(011) Duff House and the Bridge of Alvah Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A good walk through broadleaf woods and farmland, with historical points of interest along the way including the pretty Bridge of Alvah, set high above the River Deveron. Unusually, the return route passes through a working distillery before arriving at the Moray Firth coastline.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(011) Duff House and the Bridge of Alvah Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(010) Drum Castle Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy walk with some gentle ups and downs through a mixed landscape of forest and farmland managed by the National Trust for Scotland. The eye-catching focal point is Drum Castle, which is very old but in fine shape. The walk offers a highly recommended diversion to the Garden of Historic Roses.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(010) Drum Castle Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”

(009) Collieston-Old Castle of Slains Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a good walk along the low grassy cliffs N of Collieston where abundant bird-life and scenic views are guaranteed. The village has a pretty harbour and beach set in a sheltering natural amphitheatre. The ruin of Old Slains Castle is an evocative focal point on the route.

Duration: 2.5 hours Continue reading “(009) Collieston-Old Castle of Slains Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(008) Pitmedden House-Udny Green Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a very pleasant walk in a mixed rural landscape. The terrain is generally flat with no steep inclines. The route passes the tower house known as Udny Castle and the picturesque village of Udny Green. The gardens and museum at Pitmedden House are well worth a visit.

Duration: 2 hours Continue reading “(008) Pitmedden House-Udny Green Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(007) Braes of Gight Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A very scenic walk through farmland and forest on the banks of the River Ythan in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Gight Castle is an interesting highlight of the route, as are the ancient broad-leafed woodlands that surround it. Be aware that you may encounter farm animals.

Duration: 2 hours Continue reading “(007) Braes of Gight Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(006) Ythan Estuary and Forvie Sands Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a gentle but very rewarding walk in the Forvie Nature Reserve. The views of the estuary, dunes, heath-land and beach are marvellous at every turn. On the return leg there is a short diversion to the remains of the medieval village of Forvie, lost to the shifting sands.

Duration: 2 hours Continue reading “(006) Ythan Estuary and Forvie Sands Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(005) Banchory-Scolty Hill March Trail (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Starting and finishing on the outskirts of Banchory, this is a short walk through mature woodland but with a moderately demanding 200 m overall ascent, mostly in the short but steep climb to the top of Scolty Hill where there are splendid wide-open views.

Duration: 2 hours Continue reading “(005) Banchory-Scolty Hill March Trail (Aberdeenshire)”

(004) St Cyrus Beach and Cliffs Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A good leg-stretching walk in a visually stunning coastal landscape. The St Cyrus Nature Reserve is a very special place for plants and wildlife. The route takes in the old raised beach, a long stretch of golden sand, a waterfall, and wonderful clifftop views.

Duration: 3 hours Continue reading “(004) St Cyrus Beach and Cliffs Circular (Aberdeenshire)”