(184) Suie Old Military Road-Knock Saul Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Although Knock Saul is a low-level hill, with an uncomplicated approach and ascent to the summit, it provides great views in all directions. The view over the Howe of Alford is also particularly good as you walk around the south side of the hill at a mid-level. Cleared forestry also provides the initial and final sections on the route with excellent views down the Tullynessle glen, and beyond, to the south-west.

Duration: 2.25 hours.

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(143) Corrie Hill-Gordon Way-Black Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An energetic upland walk on grassy woodland paths and open moorland with a reasonably demanding overall ascent of 300 m. There are wide-ranging views from the summit of Black Hill, at the quieter, less-visited western end of the Bennachie range.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(143) Corrie Hill-Gordon Way-Black Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(126) Keig-Turf Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

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Route Summary

Although this is a short hill-walk to a relatively low wooded summit, the ascent provides good exercise and fine views. As it is one of the least known tops on the Bennachie range, you are unlikely to meet fellow walkers. The Cothiemuir Stone Circle makes for a memorable visit during the final section.

Duration: 3.5 hours.

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(124) Lazy Wells-Baderonoch Hill Circuit (Towie – Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a good moorland walk with gentle ascents and easy route-finding. There are excellent and varied views near and far throughout the walk, especially from the summit of Baderonoch Hill.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(124) Lazy Wells-Baderonoch Hill Circuit (Towie – Aberdeenshire)”

(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)”

(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)”

(081) Suie Hill-Knock Saul Return [Gordon Way] (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A stimulating walk on rough paths, through pine forest and over heather moorland. The distance and overall ascent are modest, but the muddy pathway, often over tree roots, can make for more effort than you might imagine. The fantastic views from Knock Saul more than compensate!

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(081) Suie Hill-Knock Saul Return [Gordon Way] (Aberdeenshire)”

(077) Craigievar Castle Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a delightful rural ramble in mixed countryside and woodland around and about the iconic Craigievar Castle, a popular and well-deserved visitor attraction. On a sheltered hillside, the natural environment is particularly favoured, and there are great views, near and far.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(077) Craigievar Castle Ramble (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)”

(068) Muir of Alford-Breda-River Don Circuit (Aberdeenshire

Route Summary
An easy rural ramble with very limited ascent. The highlights on the route are – the river path along the scenic valley of the River Don and the wider vistas to the Bennachie and Menaway Hills from the mid-point at Auchintoul Farm. As ever, some historical interest too!

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(068) Muir of Alford-Breda-River Don Circuit (Aberdeenshire”