(042) Core Hill-Mill of Easterton Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Unusually, this walk starts and finishes on a hilltop, albeit not a very high hill. There is a wonderful panoramic view from the start, progressing to fantastic views of the Bennachie range in the mid-section of the route, from a grassy old road above the Garioch farmlands.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(042) Core Hill-Mill of Easterton Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(041) Fraserburgh-Waters of Philorth Return (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This bracing coastal walk is longer than our usual 10 km limit but this is offset by the very low, and hardly noticeable, overall ascent. The focal points are an historic lighthouse, a busy fishing harbour, a wonderful sandy beach, and a peaceful little nature reserve.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(041) Fraserburgh-Waters of Philorth Return (Aberdeenshire)”

(040) Forest of Deer-Loudon Stone Circle Loop (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is easy walking on a gently undulating rural route passing through field and forest. There is historical interest along the way from Neolithic and Pictish times, and an insight into the foibles and indulgences of the landed nobility in Victorian times.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(040) Forest of Deer-Loudon Stone Circle Loop (Aberdeenshire)”

(039) Gardenstown-Crovie-5 Farms Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A varied walk in a beautiful and unique coastal landscape, taking in two pretty fishing villages, dramatic cliffs, and rolling farmland. There is a considerable overall ascent at 336 m, rewarded by some wonderful viewpoints.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(039) Gardenstown-Crovie-5 Farms Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(038) Alford-Haughton Country Park Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an easy circular walk with modest overall ascent. Starting and finishing at Alford, an attractive Donside village situated in its own wide and fertile Howe (or Vale), the route passes though parkland, woodland, riverside and farming country, with extensive rural views.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(038) Alford-Haughton Country Park Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”

(037) Strichen Loch-Stone Circle Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A very short and easy walk around the loch and woods at Strichen Community Park. The route includes a visit to the impressive Strichen Stone Circle, with good views all around, and where the ruins of the Georgian stately mansion, Strichen House, are also clearly seen.

Duration: 1.75 hours. Continue reading “(037) Strichen Loch-Stone Circle Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”

(036) Forvie Reserve-Hackley Bay Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This walk offers a variety of environments: heath-land; rocky sea-cliffs; an isolated sandy cove; capped of with a visit to the pretty former fishing village of Collieston. The distance covered, and overall ascent, is moderate, and should suit walkers of all abilities.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(036) Forvie Reserve-Hackley Bay Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”