(115) Dunecht Policies and Barmekin Hill (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This walk combines an enjoyable mix of landscapes with an historical and architectural interest. The walk progresses through the grounds of an impressively large and flamboyant mansion house onto mixed farmland before climbing to a marvellous viewpoint on an Iron-Age hill-fort.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(115) Dunecht Policies and Barmekin Hill (Aberdeenshire)”

(111) Finzean-Tom’s Cairn Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a very scenic half-day hiking excursion in a beautiful area of West Aberdeenshire, mostly through mature pine forest and on open hillside. Although classed as a “low hill”, the panoramic views from the top of Tom’s Cairn on a clear day are especially breath-taking.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(111) Finzean-Tom’s Cairn Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(107) Tarland-Pittenderich Cairn Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
In clear weather there are so many temptations on this walk to stop and take in the fantastic views of the Howe of Cromar countryside and surrounding hills with a breath-taking wider mountain backdrop. The overall ascent and distance are achieved in a pleasing and gradual way.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(107) Tarland-Pittenderich Cairn Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(098) Banff-Macduff Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This gentle stroll makes for an interesting exploration of the historic coastal towns of Banff and Macduff. There are fine views at several points on the route, punctuated by information boards with lots of fascinating facts about the development of the two settlements.

Duration: 3.25 hours. Continue reading “(098) Banff-Macduff Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”

(091) Brindy Hill-Satter Hill-Knock Saul Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an energetic 9 km hike with a reasonably demanding overall ascent of 333 m. Based on a section of the Gordon Way, there are some marvellous viewpoints along the way, including where a large area of forest has recently been felled.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(091) Brindy Hill-Satter Hill-Knock Saul Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(089) Buckie-Portgordon-Gollachy Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
Although just over 9 km in length, this is an easy coastal hike with a modest overall ascent. The sheltered position on the Moray Firth will often make for tranquil conditions, and on clear days the hills of Caithness, far away in the North of Scotland, are readily identified.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(089) Buckie-Portgordon-Gollachy Circuit (Moray)”

(088) Ben Newe (from the East) (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This walk through pine forest and heather, above upland pasture at Glenbuchat in Strathdon, provides many opportunities for exhilarating views. The route is short, at just over 6 km, but involves a fairly steep climb with just over 360 m in overall ascent.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(088) Ben Newe (from the East) (Aberdeenshire)”

(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)”

(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)”