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.
Duration: 2 hours.
Transport/Parking: Stagecoach 201/202 services to/from Aberdeen. Check timetable. Return walk from the bus-stop on the N Deeside Road adds 3 km to the overall walk distance. Drum Castle NTS car-park (charges apply for non-members).
Length: 5.290 km / 3.31 mi
Height Gain: 140 meter
Height Loss: 140 meter
Max Height: 141 meter
Min Height: 66 meter
Surface: Moderate. Mostly good paths and estate roads, although there may be slippy areas in wet conditions.
Child Friendly: Yes, if children are used to walks of this distance.
Dog Friendly: Yes. Keep dogs on lead near to any cattle and sheep encountered. Pick up, bag and remove any mess!
Refreshments: There is an excellent little cafe in the courtyard area of the castle.
This short and easy walk makes for a very pleasant ramble through wooded areas and farmland centred around the very photogenic Castle of Drum, which is managed by the National Trust for Scotland, and is in excellent condition. The 13th-century tower may be the work of medieval architect Richard Cementarius, who built the Brig of Balgownie in Old Aberdeen. A large wing was added in the early 17th Century and further alterations were made during the Victorian era. The route is in the form of three loops, like the leaves of a clover, with each route returning to the Castle. The first loop takes in farmland, broadleaf and conifer woods, and a fine, open viewpoint for lower Deeside. The second loop wanders through Drum Woods, notable for some very old and distinctive oak trees. The final section takes in a close look at the castle and its chapel, built in the 15th Century, before setting out through a more open, farmed landscape. Close to the end of the walk there is the opportunity to visit the famed and beautiful Garden of Historic Roses (NTS charges apply). This tranquil walled garden is divided into quadrants that show how roses have been cultivated from the 17th to the 20th century. Returning to the immediate grounds of the castle, you will pass a pretty and captivating landscaped pond area.