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)”
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)”
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)”
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)”
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)”
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)”
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)”
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)”
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)”
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)”