A varied walk, taking in the extended parkland grounds of Aboyne Castle before a gentle ascent onto the wooded shoulder of Court Hill where there are good views. The final section on the bank of the Dee provides an opportunity to appreciate the often sparkling clear waters.
Duration: 3.25 hours.
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This is a wonderfully scenic coastal walk with some steep ups and downs along the way. The route takes in two very picturesque and attractive former fishing villages and a wonderful viewpoint at the evocative ruin of St John’s Kirk, overlooking Gamrie Bay.
Duration: 3 hours.
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Leaving the rolling farmland behind, the mid-section of this varied walk involves a steady climb through mature conifers to an open viewpoint over Tarland, the Howe of Cromar, and a wider mountain landscape to the South and West.
Duration: 2.75 hours.
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An energetic upland walk on grassy woodland paths and open moorland with a reasonably demanding overall ascent of 300 m. There are wide-ranging views from the summit of Black Hill, at the quieter, less-visited western end of the Bennachie range.
Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(143) Corrie Hill-Gordon Way-Black Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”
After a steep initial ascent this is an undemanding walk in the scenic Strathdon valley with points of historical interest to enjoy. This area of forests and hill farms forms part of the Cairngorms National Park, and has been a vital passageway for people since Pictish times.
Duration: 2.25 hours. Continue reading “(142) Bellabeg-Colquhonnie Castle-Poldullie Bridge Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”
A fine leg-stretching forest walk in the pine and birch woods above the National Nature Reserve Visitor Centre at the popular Muir of Dinnet location on Deeside. The ascent to the rocky summit of Cnoc Dubh is rewarded by good westerly views.
Duration: 2.5 hours Continue reading “(141) Muir of Dinnet-Cnoc Dubh Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”
Ascending Clashmach Hill makes for an enjoyable and vigorous hike to an exhilarating viewpoint. Due to its northerly position, the hill offers views to the Caithness hills as well as the more familiar peaks in Aberdeenshire and Moray. The return leg re-traces the route back to Huntly.
Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(140) Huntly-Clashmach Hill (Aberdeenshire)”
This is a good walk in old pine forest and open farmland close to the banks of the fast-flowing Water of Tanar, and within the special natural environment of Glen Tanar, a varied and scenic national nature reserve that lies within the Cairngorms National Park.
Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(139) Glen Tanar – Gairney Bridge Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”
One of our longer walks, but with mostly gentle gradients, save for the short diversion to a pretty cove. Overall, this is a nice combination of coast and country, with a pretty harbour to linger by, and a sprinkling of medieval history at Old Duffus kirkyard thrown into the mix.
Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(137) Hopeman-Clashach Cove-Duffus Circuit (Moray)”
This is a moderate hill and forest walk in a very scenic area popular with mountain bike enthusiasts. The route takes in an ancient stone circle, some very fine views, near and far, and an unusually large boulder left over from the last Ice Age.
Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(136) Whitehill Stone Circle-White Lady-Balvenie Stone (Aberdeenshire)”