(160) Aboyne-River Dee-Bell Wood-Belwade Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
The route provides a very enjoyable and scenic mix of walking environments taking in the banks of the River Dee, a mature pine wood, and open pasture for horses, with wide-open and long-distance views.

Duration: 3.75 hours.

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(159) Potarch-Shooting Greens-Slewdrum Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a good leg-stretching walk without too much time or effort involved. There are nice views of the Deeside valley and hills beyond. In summer, the Deeside Way path is embroidered with an array of pretty and colourful wildflowers on either side.

Duration: 2.75 hours.

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(158) Cambus O’May-Torphantrick Wood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A fairly short and easy excursion into a birch and conifer woodland, returning on a path along the south bank of the River Dee, near Ballater. The focal point on the walk are the fine lines of the striking white-painted suspension footbridge at Cambus O’May.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(148) Aboyne-Court Hill-River Dee Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A varied walk, taking in the extended parkland grounds of Aboyne Castle before a gentle ascent onto the wooded shoulder of Court Hill where there are good views. The final section on the bank of the Dee provides an opportunity to appreciate the often sparkling clear waters.

Duration: 3.25 hours.

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(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)”

(139) Glen Tanar – Gairney Bridge Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a good walk in old pine forest and open farmland close to the banks of the fast-flowing Water of Tanar, and within the special natural environment of Glen Tanar, a varied and scenic national nature reserve that lies within the Cairngorms National Park.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(139) Glen Tanar – Gairney Bridge Circuit (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)”

(127) Coull-Tarland Way-Gallow Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A relatively easy walk, initially following a good way-marked trail. On the return route there is a gradual ascent into a pine wood on good forest roads before gently dropping back into the farmland surrounding the old church at Coull.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(127) Coull-Tarland Way-Gallow Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(114) Cambus O’May-5 Bridges Pinewood Trail (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a short and easy walk through pinewoods, suitable for all abilities, with minimal overall ascent. The winding trail crosses the tumbling Queel Burn 5 times and passes by 2 pretty lochans, where you will see dragonflies, damselflies and rare butterflies in Summer.

Duration: 1.75 hours. Continue reading “(114) Cambus O’May-5 Bridges Pinewood Trail (Aberdeenshire)”

(109) Aboyne Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a easy walk, suitable for walkers of all abilities. The varied route mixes village scenes with good riverbank views; mature pine woodland sections; open parkland with a fine aspect towards Aboyne Castle; and, a captivating outlook over Aboyne Loch from the golf course.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(109) Aboyne Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”