(138) Glenlivet-Drumin Castle Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
This is an undemanding rural walk amongst the upland farms and rushing waters where the Rivers Livet and Avon meet. There are fine views and a castle ruin to inspect. Don’t be surprised if the air is lightly scented with the aroma of barley mash from nearby Glenlivet Distillery.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(138) Glenlivet-Drumin Castle Circuit (Moray)”

(134) Dinnet-Old Kinord History Trail (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an easy walk with minimal overall ascent in a beautiful area of Deeside that possesses considerable ecological and historical importance.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(134) Dinnet-Old Kinord History Trail (Aberdeenshire)”

(132) Huntly-River Deveron-Castle Hotel 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, the old Castle Bridge, and the Castle Hotel all adding an interesting historical dimension.

Duration: 2.25 hours. Continue reading “(132) Huntly-River Deveron-Castle Hotel Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(127) Coull-Tarland Way-Gallow Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A relatively easy walk, initially following a good way-marked trail. On the return route there is a gradual ascent into a pine wood on good forest roads before gently dropping back into the farmland surrounding the old church at Coull.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(127) Coull-Tarland Way-Gallow Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(123) Portsoy-Strathmarchin Bay Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a gentle coastal walk, mostly on clear grassy paths. There are good viewpoints, walking to and from the attractive and isolated beach at Strathmarchin Bay. Returning to Portsoy we take a detour to the pretty park at Loch Soy before exploring the charming old harbour area.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(123) Portsoy-Strathmarchin Bay Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”

(122) Finzean Water Mills-Feughside Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A short walk in a beautiful rural environment. Initially, there is a gradual ascent through open woodland, followed by a descent to the banks of the fast-flowing Water of Feugh. The water mills at the walk start/end are an interesting reminder of previous times in the valley.

Duration: 1.75 hours. Continue reading “(122) Finzean Water Mills-Feughside Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”

(121) Torphins Wood-Craigmyle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A very pleasant ramble in the Mid-Deeside countryside, characterised by rolling fertile farmland, with upland pine forests and heather hilltops in the middle distance. The route is clear and the ascents are gradual. There are wonderful views at numerous points on the walk.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(121) Torphins Wood-Craigmyle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(120) Tarland-Tomnaverie-Sun Seat Trail (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an interesting countryside walk in beautiful surroundings. The route is mostly on well-maintained grassy paths and minor roads, with only gentle ascents and descents. There are points of local interest along the way, notably the ancient stone circle at Tomnaverie.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(120) Tarland-Tomnaverie-Sun Seat Trail (Aberdeenshire)”

(118) Lumphanan Rural Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a short, easy walk with a modest overall ascent of 99 m. There are pleasing rural views throughout, and a good view over mid-Deeside towards distant mountains in the west from the viewpoint and bench at the mid-point on the route, overlooking the village of Lumphanan.

Duration: 1.5 hours. Continue reading “(118) Lumphanan Rural Ramble (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)”