(147) Lumphanan-Cairnbeathie-Hillhead Loop (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This walk from the historic village of Lumphanan occupies a pleasant pastoral landscape in mid-Deeside, with wide-open views throughout. The ascent on an old drove and military road to an area of undulating farmland is gradual, but reveals some breathtaking scenery to enjoy.

Duration: 2.75 hours.

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(146) Crovie-Gamrie-St John’s Kirk Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
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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(143) Corrie Hill-Gordon Way-Black Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
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)”

(142) Bellabeg-Colquhonnie Castle-Poldullie Bridge Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
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)”

(141) Muir of Dinnet-Cnoc Dubh Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
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)”

(140) Huntly-Clashmach Hill (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
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)”

(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)”

(136) Whitehill Stone Circle-White Lady-Balvenie Stone (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
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)”

(135) Kincardine O’Neil-Old Roads Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a pleasant walk in a mixed rural landscape on Deeside. The ascent from the river to the old grazing pastures on the ridge of the Hill of Dess is gradual. There are good views throughout, and many historical associations.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(135) Kincardine O’Neil-Old Roads Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”

(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)”