(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)”

(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)”

(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)”

(102) Kemnay-Fetternear-Cot-town Wood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy ramble through broadleaf and pine woods, punctuated by areas of mixed farmland. Fetternear has links to the mediaeval city of Aberdeen and, later, to the Leslie Clan. The walk passes by the ruins of the House of Fetternear, built upon the earlier Bishop’s Palace.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(102) Kemnay-Fetternear-Cot-town Wood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(099) Culross – Country and Heritage Walk (Fife)

Route Summary
This is an easy walk in the countryside environment around and about the unique and historic Fife coastal village of Culross. The route offers fine views over the Firth of Forth before exploring the village’s charming architectural treasures.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(099) Culross – Country and Heritage Walk (Fife)”

(097) Tarland-Muirton Wood-Culsh Earth House Loop (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A fairly easy ramble in the Howe of Cromar, well known for its beautiful rolling patchwork of fields and woodlands set against a mountain backdrop to the West. The key historical point of interest on the route is the ancient “souterrain” known as the Culsh Earth House.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(097) Tarland-Muirton Wood-Culsh Earth House Loop (Aberdeenshire)”

(096) Tomintoul-River Avon Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
This gentle excursion into scenic Glen Avon belies the undeserved reputation of Tomintoul for bleak and austere landscapes. There is no doubt that this upland river valley experiences some harsh times in wintry weather, but at other times it is a sparkling and sublime landscape.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(096) Tomintoul-River Avon Circuit (Moray)”

(095) Aberlour-Braes of Allachy-Linn Falls Circular

Route Summary
An enjoyable walk from the River Spey onto the Braes of Allachy, where there are fine open views towards Ben Rinnes and over the attractive mid-Speyside countryside. During the descent, the focal point on the walk is the double-cascade Linn Falls in a wooded rocky gorge.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(095) Aberlour-Braes of Allachy-Linn Falls Circular”

(094) Spey Bay-Garmouth-Kingston Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
A varied and interesting walk that matches sweeping coastal perspectives and crashing pebble beaches with rural farmland, a racing river, and reedy backwaters. The Spey Viaduct makes for an awe-inspiring crossing between the old Moray villages of Spey Bay, Garmouth and Kingston.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(094) Spey Bay-Garmouth-Kingston Circuit (Moray)”