(161) Wormit-Balmerino Abbey Circuit (Fife)

Route Summary
An interesting coastal walk in a very scenic area with lots of ups and downs on the undulating route taking in views of the Tay Estuary and mixed woodland. The Tay Rail Bridge and the pretty hamlet of Balmerino, with its ancient abbey ruins, are particularly memorable features.

Duration: 3.5 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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(157) Forres-Sanquhar Loch-Cluny Hill Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
A varied walk, with some hilly sections, mostly in mature woodlands in and around the attractive town of Forres, which enjoys a relatively mild and sunny microclimate, protected by the Grampian Mountains. There are a number of points of interest along the way.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(156) Smirisary Village and White Beaches (Highland)

Route Summary
This is a short coastal walk in an extraordinarily beautiful but remote area, with great views out to the islands of Eigg and Muck. The part-abandoned village of Smirisary, in a stunning pastoral setting, is your gateway to a little clutch of evocative white sand beaches.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(155) White Bridge-Glen Brown-Glen Avon Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
An enjoyable circuit on the slopes of Tom Beag, in remote hill country on the edge of the Cairngorms. The route passes through sheep pasture, conifer woodland, and heather and juniper, giving great views of Glen Brown and Strath Avon.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(153) Spital Cottage-Glen Dye-Charr Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
The outward route follows the scenic Water of Dye upstream through the glen to its meeting point with the Water of Charr, passing the ruins of human habitation and subsistence farming at various points. The Charr Bothy provides a pleasant resting point before the return loop.

Duration: 3.5 hours.

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(152) Inverbervie-Gourdon-Bikmane Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a varied coastal walk with interesting historical associations. The outward leg is an easy stroll along the flat rocky foreshore between the neighbouring settlements of Inverbervie and Gourdon, while the return section ascends onto a steep hillside with fine, open views.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(150) Invercauld-Keiloch-Craggan Rour Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A very scenic walk in the sheltered mature woodland on the slopes of Craig Leek, above the Invercauld mansion house. There are good views at every turn on the track of the mountainous Highland landscape all around, towering above the valley of the River Dee near Braemar.

Duration: 2.25 hours.

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(147) Lumphanan-Cairnbeathie-Hillhead Loop (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This walk from the historic village of Lumphanan occupies a pleasant pastoral landscape in mid-Deeside, with wide-open views throughout. The ascent on an old drove and military road to an area of undulating farmland is gradual, but reveals some breathtaking scenery to enjoy.

Duration: 2.75 hours.

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(146) Crovie-Gamrie-St John’s Kirk Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a wonderfully scenic coastal walk with some steep ups and downs along the way. The route takes in two very picturesque and attractive former fishing villages and a wonderful viewpoint at the evocative ruin of St John’s Kirk, overlooking Gamrie Bay.

Duration: 3 hours.

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