(029) Fyvie Castle-Fyvie Loch-Fyvie Kirk Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy but very enjoyable walk with negligible overall ascent. The focal point is the visually impressive and intact baronial castle, although the landscaped grounds and lake, with walled garden come a close second. The visit to the Old Kirk of Fyvie is interesting.

Duration: up to 3 hours.

 

Route Overview
Duration: up to 3 hours.
Transport/Parking: There are frequent bus services between Aberdeen and Turriff that stop on the A947 main road in Fyvie. Check timetables. Public car-park at start/finish point of walk. Just off B9005 road across from Co-op shop in Fyvie village.
Length: 6.850 km / 4.28 mi
Height Gain: 90 meter
Height Loss: 90 meter
Max Height: 69 meter
Min Height: 49 meter
Surface: Smooth. Mostly very good, surfaced paths and estate roads.
Child Friendly: Yes, if children are used to walks of this distance.
Difficulty: Easy.
Dog Friendly: Yes, but keep dogs on lead on roads, in public areas and near to any livestock.
Refreshments: Tea-room in Fyvie Castle. Options in Fyvie.

Description
This is a gentle stroll in very scenic surroundings, mostly in the mature landscaped grounds on the approaches to the historic baronial Castle of Fyvie, with its large and picturesque lake, and wonderful walled garden. On the return section there is an interesting diversion to Fyvie Parish Church. Fyvie Castle started life as a royal outpost around 1200. The development of the castle over the centuries into the current substantial and imposing building with five towers, by different owning families, and taking in visits by King Edward I, William the Lion, Robert the Bruce, and Charles I, makes for an interesting story, tied into the social and political history of the times. Fyvie Loch is a large and beautiful artificial lake created during the 19th Century landscaping of the estate. It supports large numbers of wildfowl, joined in winter by greylag geese. The Parish Church in Fyvie is of interest for three main reasons: 1) there is a set of four Pictish stones with Celtic symbols built into the east gable of the church; 2) there is a stunning example of the artistry of Louis Comfort Tiffany and the craftsmanship of the Tiffany Glass Company in a stained glass composition, again on the east gable; 3) in the graveyard, lies the resting place of Agnes (“Annie”) Smith from the late 17th Century. Annie’s fate is the subject of a haunting traditional ballad entitled “Mill o’ Tifty’s Annie” (or “Andrew Lammie”). There are various versions of the lyrics, but, in summary, the song tells of the brutal and tragic outcome of a love affair between Andrew Lammie, the Laird of Fyvie’s trumpeter, and Annie, daughter of the miller in nearby Tifty. To deny true love is a mistake, is the undeniable message! Note that Fyvie Castle is a National Trust for Scotland property with an impressive portrait collection, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. See: https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/fyvie-castle and
https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/fyvie/fyviecastle/index.html and
https://www.electricscotland.com/culture/features/singasang/tifty.htm

Links:
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