(196) Culbin Forest-Hill 99-The Gut Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
There are some interesting features, along the way, to break up this hike in a huge area of unique coastal pine forest. This is a very special protected natural environment, and attracts some rare birds and butterflies. After enjoying the views at the Hill 99 fire tower, the mid-section of the route passes alongside a large tidal area of mudflats and salt-marsh.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(194) Findochty-Portessie Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
An enjoyable undulating walk along the coastline and cliffs heading west from the former fishing village of Findochty. On a clear day there are views of the faraway Caithness coast. The return leg on an old railway line is on level ground, at a higher elevation, with good views all around.

Duration: 2.75 hours.

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(193) Old Aberdeen-Donmouth Circuit (Aberdeen City)

Route Summary
A gentle stroll that mixes town, and seaside, woodland and park, to create a hugely stimulating all-round experience. At every turn on the trail, history rubs shoulders with the natural environment in a uniquely pleasant and memorable way.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(192) Cullen-Lintmill-Crannoch Wood Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
This is a very enjoyable circular route from the interesting and attractive Moray village of Cullen. The walk is undemanding, and provides an enjoyable combination of mixed woodland, scenic open countryside, expansive coastal views, and historical interest.

Duration: 2.75 hours.

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(189) Portmahomack-Ballone Castle-Rockfield Circuit (Highland)

Route Summary
This unusual circular coastal walk across the Tarbat Ness peninsula, enjoys wonderful views of both the Dornoch Firth and the Moray Firth. There are two pretty coastal villages to explore, and a fine restored 16thC cliff-top castle to admire on the route.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(187) Burghead-Cummingston-Clarkly Hill Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
Open views and points of interest characterise this varied coastal walk which, alongside the expected seaside walking, features an impressive and historically interesting headland. Although of very modest height, Clarkly Hill, above Cummingston, provides a gentle ascent and great views. The final section provides a taste of coastal pine forest, and an expansive sandy beach at Burghead Bay.

Duration: 3.25 hours.

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(181) Glen Rosa-Brodick Bay Circuit (Isle of Arran)

Route Summary
A very varied walk under the Goatfell range, introducing a mix of Arran landscapes, taking in woodland, waterfalls, moorland, mountain views, farmland, a golf course, and a sandy beach. Visits to the Arran Heritage Museum and Brodick Castle and Country Park are recommended, but optional.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(180) Clauchlands-Dun Fionn Circuit (Isle of Arran)

Route Summary
A wonderfully scenic short walk, taking in coast and countryside, and incorporating two of the best views on the Isle of Arran, from the Iron Age hillfort at Dun Fionn overlooking the Clauchlands area of the island, between Brodick and Lamlash.

Duration: 1.75 hours.

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(177) Limekilns-Charlestown Circuit (Fife)

Route Summary
A gentle and attractive “coast and countryside” circular walk from the old pier at pretty Limekilns on the South Fife coast, overlooking the inner Forth Estuary. The focal point on the walk at the once busy, but now peaceful, harbour at Charlestown village, is the ruined remains of massive lime kilns, built into the cliff-side.

Duration: 2 hours.

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(165) Old Portlethen-Findon Moor Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A scenic coastal circuit. The pretty cove where boats haul out onto the shore at Old Portlethen kicks off the cliff-top section of the walk which ends at the wild area of moorland at Findon Moss. Check the safety note in our walk description before embarking on this route.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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