(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)”

(116) Fochabers-Whiteash Hill-Winding Walks (Moray)

Route Summary
A very pleasant and sheltered walk in mature woodland. There are some good views and an opportunity to picnic at a “secret” lochan. There are a couple of historical curiosities along the way – a laird’s memorial monument, and the supposed grave of a “tinker king”.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(116) Fochabers-Whiteash Hill-Winding Walks (Moray)”

(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)”

(113) Findochty-Portknockie Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
A good walk along the cliffs heading east from the former fishing village of Findochty. On a clear day there are views of the faraway Caithness coast and, at the return point on the route in Portknockie, the amazing Bow Fiddle Rock is guaranteed to make a memorable impression.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(113) Findochty-Portknockie Circuit (Moray)”

(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)”

(110) Keith-Tarnash Falls-Dunnyduff Wood (Moray)

Route Summary
A relatively easy walk on good paths and surfaced roads, mostly in very pleasant mature woodland. The focal point on the route is the pretty and evocative Tarnash Waterfall. There is a good view over the town of Keith from the highest point in Dunnyduff Wood.

Duration: 1.75 hours. Continue reading “(110) Keith-Tarnash Falls-Dunnyduff Wood (Moray)”

(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)”

(108) Montrose-Scurdie Ness Circuit (Angus)

Route Summary
A good coastal walk with fine views over the Port of Montrose and the mouth of the River South Esk. Scurdie Ness lighthouse is in an attractive setting. Cattle are typically encountered at one point, so consider if the complete circular route is suitable for you and your family.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(108) Montrose-Scurdie Ness Circuit (Angus)”