Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(134) Dinnet-Old Kinord History Trail (Aberdeenshire)”
A shorter version of this walk is a popular challenge for visitors to Ballater on account of the steepness of the ascent and the fine views over Deeside that are achieved. Although safe, the Pass of Ballater section on this extended version of the walk may not suit everyone.
For the most part, this is an undemanding rural walk, on the southern side of the River South Esk at Brechin. The route also takes in the old part of the town (some would say, city!), which has a long history, rooted in the Mediaeval cathedral where the walk starts and ends.
Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(131) Brechin Cathedral-Rough Moss-Burghill Wood Circuit (Angus)”
A short walk in a beautiful rural environment. Initially, there is a gradual ascent through open woodland, followed by a descent to the banks of the fast-flowing Water of Feugh. The water mills at the walk start/end are an interesting reminder of previous times in the valley.
Duration: 1.75 hours. Continue reading “(122) Finzean Water Mills-Feughside Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”
A very pleasant ramble in the Mid-Deeside countryside, characterised by rolling fertile farmland, with upland pine forests and heather hilltops in the middle distance. The route is clear and the ascents are gradual. There are wonderful views at numerous points on the walk.
Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(121) Torphins Wood-Craigmyle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”
This is a short, easy walk with a modest overall ascent of 99 m. There are pleasing rural views throughout, and a good view over mid-Deeside towards distant mountains in the west from the viewpoint and bench at the mid-point on the route, overlooking the village of Lumphanan.
Duration: 1.5 hours. Continue reading “(118) Lumphanan Rural Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”
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)”
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)”
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)”
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)”