(079) Bellabeg-Doune of Invernochty Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy walk in the scenic Strathdon valley, with great views and points of historical interest to enjoy. This hill farming area, at the edge of the Grampian Mountains, forms part of the Cairngorms National Park, and has been a vital passageway for people since Pictish times.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(079) Bellabeg-Doune of Invernochty Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

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(076) Dinnet-Loch Kinord-Burn O’Vat Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
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)”

(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”

(064) Delgatie Castle and Woods Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A short and easy walk in mixed woodland, passing an attractive trout loch, before diverting to the landscaped grounds of Delgatie Castle, an impressive building in the Scottish Tower House tradition.

Duration: 1.5 hours. Continue reading “(064) Delgatie Castle and Woods Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(062) Aden Country Park Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a short walk around the attractive landscaped grounds of Aden Country Park. The route passes the striking remains of an old mansion house before diverting to the ruins of a medieval church in Old Deer. We also recommend a trip to nearby Aikey Brae Stone Circle.

Duration: 1.5 hours. Continue reading “(062) Aden Country Park Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(061) Pittenweem-St Monans-Abercrombie Circular (Fife)

Route Summary
Although a little longer than our typical walk, this is essentially a gentle stroll. The history of the area is evident all around you and there are wonderful views of the coastline, and out to prominent features in the Firth of Forth such as the Isle of May and Bass Rock.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(061) Pittenweem-St Monans-Abercrombie Circular (Fife)”

(060) Auchterarder Circular (Perthshire)

Route Summary
This gentle circuit acquaints you with the small town of Auchterarder, famous for its very long High Street, and nearby golf courses. You will also appreciate the fine countryside views, particularly towards the Ochill Hills. Be aware, one section adjoins the busy A9 road.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(060) Auchterarder Circular (Perthshire)”

(059) Woodhead-Windy Hills Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an excellent short walk through very pleasant and quiet natural woodland. There are no steep slopes, making for easy walking. The area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the underlying quartzite gravels from an ancient river-bed.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(059) Woodhead-Windy Hills Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(058) Perth-River Tay North Inch Circuit (Perthshire)

Route Summary
This is an easy walk on level ground. The mighty River Tay fascinates throughout, passing by parkland, a golf course, rough grazing, splendid villas, and notable features such as Perth Racecourse and Scone Palace. All in all, an excellent leg-stretcher without too much effort.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(058) Perth-River Tay North Inch Circuit (Perthshire)”

(056) Tarland-Tomnaverie Stone Circle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
The walk, in a figure of 8 loop, at first encircles the pretty Tarland golf course before setting out for the evocative Tomnaverie stone circle, where the panoramic views are even more breath-taking. The return leg, through a large mature woodland makes for very pleasant walking.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(056) Tarland-Tomnaverie Stone Circle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”