(096) Tomintoul-River Avon Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
This gentle excursion into scenic Glen Avon belies the undeserved reputation of Tomintoul for bleak and austere landscapes. There is no doubt that this upland river valley experiences some harsh times in wintry weather, but at other times it is a sparkling and sublime landscape.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(096) Tomintoul-River Avon Circuit (Moray)”

(095) Aberlour-Braes of Allachy-Linn Falls Circular

Route Summary
An enjoyable walk from the River Spey onto the Braes of Allachy, where there are fine open views towards Ben Rinnes and over the attractive mid-Speyside countryside. During the descent, the focal point on the walk is the double-cascade Linn Falls in a wooded rocky gorge.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(095) Aberlour-Braes of Allachy-Linn Falls Circular”

(094) Spey Bay-Garmouth-Kingston Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
A varied and interesting walk that matches sweeping coastal perspectives and crashing pebble beaches with rural farmland, a racing river, and reedy backwaters. The Spey Viaduct makes for an awe-inspiring crossing between the old Moray villages of Spey Bay, Garmouth and Kingston.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(094) Spey Bay-Garmouth-Kingston Circuit (Moray)”

(093) Craiglich Hill (Howe of Cromar) (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Over a relatively short distance, this is a fine hill-walk through mixed woodland, pine forest and heather moors. The views over the Howe of Cromar to the Cairngorms are particularly stunning, but there are wonderful perspectives all around Deeside and Aberdeenshire to enjoy.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(093) Craiglich Hill (Howe of Cromar) (Aberdeenshire)”

(092) Potarch Bridge-Craigmore Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A relatively gentle forest walk over a tranquil wooded hillside in the Deeside valley. The attractive arched Potarch Bridge at the start/end of the walk makes for a very scenic outlook over the River Dee and surrounding countryside.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(092) Potarch Bridge-Craigmore Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(091) Brindy Hill-Satter Hill-Knock Saul Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an energetic 9 km hike with a reasonably demanding overall ascent of 333 m. Based on a section of the Gordon Way, there are some marvellous viewpoints along the way, including where a large area of forest has recently been felled.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(091) Brindy Hill-Satter Hill-Knock Saul Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”