(194) Findochty-Portessie Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
An enjoyable undulating walk along the coastline and cliffs heading west from the former fishing village of Findochty. On a clear day there are views of the faraway Caithness coast. The return leg on an old railway line is on level ground, at a higher elevation, with good views all around.

Duration: 2.75 hours.

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(193) Old Aberdeen-Donmouth Circuit (Aberdeen City)

Route Summary
A gentle stroll that mixes town, and seaside, woodland and park, to create a hugely stimulating all-round experience. At every turn on the trail, history rubs shoulders with the natural environment in a uniquely pleasant and memorable way.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(190) Cambus o’May-Tullich Kirk Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A mostly easy walk with gentle inclines. The first half of the route is through mature conifer and birch forest, passing two peaceful and charming lochans. The second part is mostly on the flat ancient flood plain of the River Dee, on the Deeside Way track, and takes in some historical highlights.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(189) Portmahomack-Ballone Castle-Rockfield Circuit (Highland)

Route Summary
This unusual circular coastal walk across the Tarbat Ness peninsula, enjoys wonderful views of both the Dornoch Firth and the Moray Firth. There are two pretty coastal villages to explore, and a fine restored 16thC cliff-top castle to admire on the route.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(187) Burghead-Cummingston-Clarkly Hill Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
Open views and points of interest characterise this varied coastal walk which, alongside the expected seaside walking, features an impressive and historically interesting headland. Although of very modest height, Clarkly Hill, above Cummingston, provides a gentle ascent and great views. The final section provides a taste of coastal pine forest, and an expansive sandy beach at Burghead Bay.

Duration: 3.25 hours.

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(186) Crathes Castle-Ley Wood-Coy Burn Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy woodland walk with fairly gentle inclines. The route follows one of the permutations of the Red Squirrel Trail which links the Ley Wood Trail, the Coy Burn Trail, and the East Trail. There are some impressive carved wooden sculptures of woodland animals to appreciate along the way.

Duration: 2 hours.

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(182) Turriff-Wrae Pond Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An enjoyable country ramble with barely noticeable gentle ascents and descents. There are some fine views of rolling farmland at various points along the way, and the Wrae Pond, at the turning point on the route, is a sheltered and peaceful scenic delight.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(181) Glen Rosa-Brodick Bay Circuit (Isle of Arran)

Route Summary
A very varied walk under the Goatfell range, introducing a mix of Arran landscapes, taking in woodland, waterfalls, moorland, mountain views, farmland, a golf course, and a sandy beach. Visits to the Arran Heritage Museum and Brodick Castle and Country Park are recommended, but optional.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(178) Tomintoul Village-The Still Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
A refreshing and undemanding little hike around and about the attractive Highland village of Tomintoul, on the roof of Moray. There are some interesting features along the way, and wonderful scenery to enjoy, throughout.

Duration: 2 hours.

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(177) Limekilns-Charlestown Circuit (Fife)

Route Summary
A gentle and attractive “coast and countryside” circular walk from the old pier at pretty Limekilns on the South Fife coast, overlooking the inner Forth Estuary. The focal point on the walk at the once busy, but now peaceful, harbour at Charlestown village, is the ruined remains of massive lime kilns, built into the cliff-side.

Duration: 2 hours.

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