(148) Aboyne-Court Hill-River Dee Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A varied walk, taking in the extended parkland grounds of Aboyne Castle before a gentle ascent onto the wooded shoulder of Court Hill where there are good views. The final section on the bank of the Dee provides an opportunity to appreciate the often sparkling clear waters.

Duration: 3.25 hours.

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(134) Dinnet-Old Kinord History Trail (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an easy walk with minimal overall ascent in a beautiful area of Deeside that possesses considerable ecological and historical importance.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(134) Dinnet-Old Kinord History Trail (Aberdeenshire)”

(133) Ballater-Craigendarroch Hill-River Dee Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
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.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(133) Ballater-Craigendarroch Hill-River Dee Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(131) Brechin Cathedral-Rough Moss-Burghill Wood Circuit (Angus)

Route Summary
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)”

(122) Finzean Water Mills-Feughside Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
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)”

(121) Torphins Wood-Craigmyle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
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)”

(118) Lumphanan Rural Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
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)”

(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)”