(116) Fochabers-Whiteash Hill-Winding Walks (Moray)

Route Summary
A very pleasant and sheltered walk in mature woodland. There are some good views and an opportunity to picnic at a “secret” lochan. There are a couple of historical curiosities along the way – a laird’s memorial monument, and the supposed grave of a “tinker king”.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(116) Fochabers-Whiteash Hill-Winding Walks (Moray)”

(115) Dunecht Policies and Barmekin Hill (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This walk combines an enjoyable mix of landscapes with an historical and architectural interest. The walk progresses through the grounds of an impressively large and flamboyant mansion house onto mixed farmland before climbing to a marvellous viewpoint on an Iron-Age hill-fort.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(115) Dunecht Policies and Barmekin Hill (Aberdeenshire)”

(111) Finzean-Tom’s Cairn Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a very scenic half-day hiking excursion in a beautiful area of West Aberdeenshire, mostly through mature pine forest and on open hillside. Although classed as a “low hill”, the panoramic views from the top of Tom’s Cairn on a clear day are especially breath-taking.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(111) Finzean-Tom’s Cairn Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(110) Keith-Tarnash Falls-Dunnyduff Wood (Moray)

Route Summary
A relatively easy walk on good paths and surfaced roads, mostly in very pleasant mature woodland. The focal point on the route is the pretty and evocative Tarnash Waterfall. There is a good view over the town of Keith from the highest point in Dunnyduff Wood.

Duration: 1.75 hours. Continue reading “(110) Keith-Tarnash Falls-Dunnyduff Wood (Moray)”

(102) Kemnay-Fetternear-Cot-town Wood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy ramble through broadleaf and pine woods, punctuated by areas of mixed farmland. Fetternear has links to the mediaeval city of Aberdeen and, later, to the Leslie Clan. The walk passes by the ruins of the House of Fetternear, built upon the earlier Bishop’s Palace.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(102) Kemnay-Fetternear-Cot-town Wood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(097) Tarland-Muirton Wood-Culsh Earth House Loop (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A fairly easy ramble in the Howe of Cromar, well known for its beautiful rolling patchwork of fields and woodlands set against a mountain backdrop to the West. The key historical point of interest on the route is the ancient “souterrain” known as the Culsh Earth House.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(097) Tarland-Muirton Wood-Culsh Earth House Loop (Aberdeenshire)”

(093) Craiglich Hill (Howe of Cromar) (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Over a relatively short distance, this is a fine hill-walk through mixed woodland, pine forest and heather moors. The views over the Howe of Cromar to the Cairngorms are particularly stunning, but there are wonderful perspectives all around Deeside and Aberdeenshire to enjoy.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(093) Craiglich Hill (Howe of Cromar) (Aberdeenshire)”

(092) Potarch Bridge-Craigmore Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A relatively gentle forest walk over a tranquil wooded hillside in the Deeside valley. The attractive arched Potarch Bridge at the start/end of the walk makes for a very scenic outlook over the River Dee and surrounding countryside.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(092) Potarch Bridge-Craigmore Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(090) Water of Tanar-Knockie Hill-Queen’s Road (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A hugely enjoyable little hike, with gentle ascents, in the varied and visually stimulating special natural environment around the braes of Glen Tanar, taking in the pretty riverside, tranquil lochs, old pine forest, and open farmland.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(090) Water of Tanar-Knockie Hill-Queen’s Road (Aberdeenshire)”

(086) Fyvie-Den Wood Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an energetic walk in a variety of woodland habitats in the Den of Rothie, at Fyvie, in rural Aberdeenshire. It is fairly long at over 8km, with an appreciable overall ascent of over 200m. In season, there are numerous opportunities to identify fungi along the way.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(086) Fyvie-Den Wood Circular (Aberdeenshire)”