(084) Torphins – “Netherlands” Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An enjoyable country ramble in Mid-Deeside, characterised by rolling fertile farmland, upland pine forests and heather hilltops. The route is clear, apart from a short section on an overgrown old road, and the ascents are gradual. There are wonderful views throughout the walk.

Duration: 3.25 hours. Continue reading “(084) Torphins – “Netherlands” Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

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(083) Lumphanan-Tullochvenus Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
After an initial section largely enclosed in mixed woodland, most of the route is characterised by wide open views, near and far. The 200 m+ ascent over Glenshalg Hill is gradual, with no steep slopes to negotiate. All told, a very scenic and enjoyable little hike.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(083) Lumphanan-Tullochvenus Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(082) Cullen-Logie Head-Crannoch Wood Circular (Moray)

Route Summary
With lots of ups and downs, this is an energetic hike that takes in the picturesque charm of an historic coastal village, wonderful coastal scenery, farmland sweeping down to the cliff-tops, and mature pine woodland. A couple of sections are steep, and may not suit all walkers.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(082) Cullen-Logie Head-Crannoch Wood Circular (Moray)”

(076) Dinnet-Loch Kinord-Burn O’Vat Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A gently undulating walk in the pine and birch woods of the National Nature Reserve encircling Kinord Loch. Mid-way, the route diverts to the memorable gorge at Burn O’Vat. There are also interesting insights into the history of human habitation in the Dinnet area.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(076) Dinnet-Loch Kinord-Burn O’Vat Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(074) Fife Keith-Strathisla-Mill of Towie Loop (Moray)

Route Summary
At just over 10 km, this is a fine half-day tour around the valley (“Strath”) of the River Isla near Keith. The walk takes in places of historical interest, and follows an old turnpike road for some of the route. There are good views of rolling farmland and surrounding hills.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(074) Fife Keith-Strathisla-Mill of Towie Loop (Moray)”

(072) Ballater Bridges-Knock Castle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A little longer than our normal limit of 10 km, the overall ascent of 180 m is barely noticeable, making for an essentially gentle stroll in the scenic Dee Valley near Ballater. The diversion to Knock Castle is rewarded by great views and an interesting old story.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(072) Ballater Bridges-Knock Castle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(069) Terpersie-Manabattock-Lord Arthur’s Hill (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A circular route to the highest of the Correen Hills where there are outstanding views, not only of the Howe of Alford and Strathdon countryside below, but also to many of the distinctive hills and mountains in the Grampian area. There are interesting historical associations.

Duration: 4 hours. Continue reading “(069) Terpersie-Manabattock-Lord Arthur’s Hill (Aberdeenshire)”

(065) Craigshannoch-Old Turnpike Road Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An excellent half-day hill walk incorporating a good mix of pine forest, heather moorland and farmland environments. Along the way there are lots of opportunities to rub shoulders with the history and myth associated with the Bennachie range.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(065) Craigshannoch-Old Turnpike Road Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(063) Cullen Bay and Portknockie Circular (Moray)

Route Summary
A great coastal walk taking in old fishing villages and historical buildings alongside the natural beauty of a wide sandy bay and striking rock formations. The route alternates between sea and cliff-top level with a final section in landscaped woodland and farmland.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(063) Cullen Bay and Portknockie Circular (Moray)”

(061) Pittenweem-St Monans-Abercrombie Circular (Fife)

Route Summary
Although a little longer than our typical walk, this is essentially a gentle stroll. The history of the area is evident all around you and there are wonderful views of the coastline, and out to prominent features in the Firth of Forth such as the Isle of May and Bass Rock.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(061) Pittenweem-St Monans-Abercrombie Circular (Fife)”