(160) Aboyne-River Dee-Bell Wood-Belwade Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
The route provides a very enjoyable and scenic mix of walking environments taking in the banks of the River Dee, a mature pine wood, and open pasture for horses, with wide-open and long-distance views.

Duration: 3.75 hours.

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(159) Potarch-Shooting Greens-Slewdrum Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a good leg-stretching walk without too much time or effort involved. There are nice views of the Deeside valley and hills beyond. In summer, the Deeside Way path is embroidered with an array of pretty and colourful wildflowers on either side.

Duration: 2.75 hours.

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(158) Cambus O’May-Torphantrick Wood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A fairly short and easy excursion into a birch and conifer woodland, returning on a path along the south bank of the River Dee, near Ballater. The focal point on the walk are the fine lines of the striking white-painted suspension footbridge at Cambus O’May.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(157) Forres-Sanquhar Loch-Cluny Hill Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
A varied walk, with some hilly sections, mostly in mature woodlands in and around the attractive town of Forres, which enjoys a relatively mild and sunny microclimate, protected by the Grampian Mountains. There are a number of points of interest along the way.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(156) Smirisary Village and White Beaches (Highland)

Route Summary
This is a short coastal walk in an extraordinarily beautiful but remote area, with great views out to the islands of Eigg and Muck. The part-abandoned village of Smirisary, in a stunning pastoral setting, is your gateway to a little clutch of evocative white sand beaches.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(155) White Bridge-Glen Brown-Glen Avon Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
An enjoyable circuit on the slopes of Tom Beag, in remote hill country on the edge of the Cairngorms. The route passes through sheep pasture, conifer woodland, and heather and juniper, giving great views of Glen Brown and Strath Avon.

Duration: 3 hours.

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Please Consider Donating a Tree

Thanks to Trees for Life for the image.

A great deal of the pleasure we get from our walks is in appreciating the natural environment around us – the hills – the coasts – the farmland – the woodlands and forests – and all the living creatures that inhabit these natural environments. Of course, we are aware that our trips in our car to walk locations create greenhouse gases. To help offset that negative impact we have arranged for a grove of trees to be planted on our behalf on a hillside near Loch Ness managed by the Trees for Life organisation, and we will be adding a tree to that grove every month.

We’ve also arranged so that anyone who enjoys the walks we publish on our Mack Walks website and Facebook page can also donate a tree to compensate for the trips they make to follow one of our walks. A donation of £6 pays for the planting of a native tree in the Scottish Highlands, storing away carbon for the rest of its natural lifespan. You can also add your name and a message.

If you wish, click here to donate one or more trees.

For more information, see:
https://themackwalks.wordpress.com/please-donate-a-tree/

(154) Old Deer-Aikey Brae-Stuartfield Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Some road walking doesn’t detract from this attractive and varied circuit in central Buchan that links some recently made paths to visit the memorable Aikey Brae Stone Circle. The route is peppered with historical interest and open rural views.

Duration: 3.5 hours.

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(153) Spital Cottage-Glen Dye-Charr Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
The outward route follows the scenic Water of Dye upstream through the glen to its meeting point with the Water of Charr, passing the ruins of human habitation and subsistence farming at various points. The Charr Bothy provides a pleasant resting point before the return loop.

Duration: 3.5 hours.

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(152) Inverbervie-Gourdon-Bikmane Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a varied coastal walk with interesting historical associations. The outward leg is an easy stroll along the flat rocky foreshore between the neighbouring settlements of Inverbervie and Gourdon, while the return section ascends onto a steep hillside with fine, open views.

Duration: 3 hours.

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