(117) Coiliochbhar Hill – from the Kildrummy side (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A short but quite demanding hill walk involving an initial ascent through pleasant woodland and farmland, becoming grass and heather hillside as you climb higher. The views at all stages of the walk are very good, with the panorama at the summit being especially satisfying.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(117) Coiliochbhar Hill – from the Kildrummy side (Aberdeenshire)”

(115) Dunecht Policies and Barmekin Hill (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This walk combines an enjoyable mix of landscapes with an historical and architectural interest. The walk progresses through the grounds of an impressively large and flamboyant mansion house onto mixed farmland before climbing to a marvellous viewpoint on an Iron-Age hill-fort.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(115) Dunecht Policies and Barmekin Hill (Aberdeenshire)”

(114) Cambus O’May-5 Bridges Pinewood Trail (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a short and easy walk through pinewoods, suitable for all abilities, with minimal overall ascent. The winding trail crosses the tumbling Queel Burn 5 times and passes by 2 pretty lochans, where you will see dragonflies, damselflies and rare butterflies in Summer.

Duration: 1.75 hours. Continue reading “(114) Cambus O’May-5 Bridges Pinewood Trail (Aberdeenshire)”

(112) Rosehearty-Mounthooly Doocot-Pitsligo Castle (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a relatively easy walk, with a gradual ascent into the countryside overlooking Rosehearty. Before heading inland, the route kicks off at the old harbour and samples a section of the coastal path. There are interesting visits to historical sites along the way.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(112) Rosehearty-Mounthooly Doocot-Pitsligo Castle (Aberdeenshire)”

(111) Finzean-Tom’s Cairn Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a very scenic half-day hiking excursion in a beautiful area of West Aberdeenshire, mostly through mature pine forest and on open hillside. Although classed as a “low hill”, the panoramic views from the top of Tom’s Cairn on a clear day are especially breath-taking.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(111) Finzean-Tom’s Cairn Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(109) Aboyne Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a easy walk, suitable for walkers of all abilities. The varied route mixes village scenes with good riverbank views; mature pine woodland sections; open parkland with a fine aspect towards Aboyne Castle; and, a captivating outlook over Aboyne Loch from the golf course.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(109) Aboyne Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”

(107) Tarland-Pittenderich Cairn Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
In clear weather there are so many temptations on this walk to stop and take in the fantastic views of the Howe of Cromar countryside and surrounding hills with a breath-taking wider mountain backdrop. The overall ascent and distance are achieved in a pleasing and gradual way.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(107) Tarland-Pittenderich Cairn Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(106) Hill of Fare Return (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An accessible and uncomplicated walk in pine forest and heather moorland, with wonderful views unfolding of the surrounding Deeside and Donside countryside. The pretty little lochans near the summit are a delightful added extra.

Duration: 2.25 hours. Continue reading “(106) Hill of Fare Return (Aberdeenshire)”

(105) Huntly – Castle and River Deveron Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy walk from the centre of Huntly, with minimal overall ascent. The route incorporates some very scenic sections, with the impressive ruins of Huntly Castle adding an interesting historical dimension.

Duration: 1.5 hours. Continue reading “(105) Huntly – Castle and River Deveron Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(104) Old Logie Loop (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A short walk, with an undemanding overall ascent, in pleasant mixed countryside near Pitcaple, on the banks of the River Ury. The ragged peaks of the nearby Bennachie ranger are a dominant feature of the landscape throughout. There are some interesting historical features.

Duration: 1.5 hours. Continue reading “(104) Old Logie Loop (Aberdeenshire)”