(084) Torphins – “Netherlands” Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An enjoyable country ramble in Mid-Deeside, characterised by rolling fertile farmland, upland pine forests and heather hilltops. The route is clear, apart from a short section on an overgrown old road, and the ascents are gradual. There are wonderful views throughout the walk.

Duration: 3.25 hours. Continue reading “(084) Torphins – “Netherlands” Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(083) Lumphanan-Tullochvenus Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
After an initial section largely enclosed in mixed woodland, most of the route is characterised by wide open views, near and far. The 200 m+ ascent over Glenshalg Hill is gradual, with no steep slopes to negotiate. All told, a very scenic and enjoyable little hike.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(083) Lumphanan-Tullochvenus Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(082) Cullen-Logie Head-Crannoch Wood Circular (Moray)

Route Summary
With lots of ups and downs, this is an energetic hike that takes in the picturesque charm of an historic coastal village, wonderful coastal scenery, farmland sweeping down to the cliff-tops, and mature pine woodland. A couple of sections are steep, and may not suit all walkers.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(082) Cullen-Logie Head-Crannoch Wood Circular (Moray)”

(081) Suie Hill-Knock Saul Return [Gordon Way] (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A stimulating walk on rough paths, through pine forest and over heather moorland. The distance and overall ascent are modest, but the muddy pathway, often over tree roots, can make for more effort than you might imagine. The fantastic views from Knock Saul more than compensate!

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(081) Suie Hill-Knock Saul Return [Gordon Way] (Aberdeenshire)”

(080) Bin Forest-Ferny Knowe-Queen Tree Trail (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy figure of eight circuit in mature mixed conifer and broad-leaved woodland around the low hills of Ferny Knowe, Clean Hill and Boddum Hill, on the flanks of the Bin Hill near Huntly.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(080) Bin Forest-Ferny Knowe-Queen Tree Trail (Aberdeenshire)”

(079) Bellabeg-Doune of Invernochty Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy walk in the scenic Strathdon valley, with great views and points of historical interest to enjoy. This hill farming area, at the edge of the Grampian Mountains, forms part of the Cairngorms National Park, and has been a vital passageway for people since Pictish times.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(079) Bellabeg-Doune of Invernochty Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(078) Tarfside-Hill of Rowan Circuit (Angus)

Route Summary
This walk in the Angus Glens is characterised by open views of the sheep grazing country and high hills of the eastern Cairngorms. The short, but steep, ascent to the imposing monument at the top of the Hill of Rowan is rewarded by a fantastic panorama.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(078) Tarfside-Hill of Rowan Circuit (Angus)”