(151) Linn of Quoich-The Punchbowl (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This walk visits a place of extraordinary beauty where the Quioch Water is forced through narrow channels in an otherwise peaceful spot amongst heather and tall pine trees. The complete route is only suitable for experienced walkers who are up for an “assault course” experience!

Duration: 2 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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(149) Braemar-Morrone Birkwood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Without too much effort, this walk provides a great opportunity to experience a special natural environment unique to the Scottish Highlands, and some wonderful views of upper Deeside and the Cairngorm Mountains. The route also takes in a visit to the venue for the Braemar Gathering.

Duration: 2.5 hours.

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(143) Corrie Hill-Gordon Way-Black Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An energetic upland walk on grassy woodland paths and open moorland with a reasonably demanding overall ascent of 300 m. There are wide-ranging views from the summit of Black Hill, at the quieter, less-visited western end of the Bennachie range.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(143) Corrie Hill-Gordon Way-Black Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(141) Muir of Dinnet-Cnoc Dubh Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A fine leg-stretching forest walk in the pine and birch woods above the National Nature Reserve Visitor Centre at the popular Muir of Dinnet location on Deeside. The ascent to the rocky summit of Cnoc Dubh is rewarded by good westerly views.

Duration: 2.5 hours Continue reading “(141) Muir of Dinnet-Cnoc Dubh Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(136) Whitehill Stone Circle-White Lady-Balvenie Stone (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a moderate hill and forest walk in a very scenic area popular with mountain bike enthusiasts. The route takes in an ancient stone circle, some very fine views, near and far, and an unusually large boulder left over from the last Ice Age.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(136) Whitehill Stone Circle-White Lady-Balvenie Stone (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)”

(130) Glenbuchat-Meikle Firbriggs Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
After a scenic walk-in along the Glenbuchat valley, there is a stiff climb up a heather-clad hillside to the Meikle and Little Firbriggs summits where there are wonderful views of the Glen below, and panoramic views to further afield, including towards the Cairngorms.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(130) Glenbuchat-Meikle Firbriggs Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(128) Corgarff Castle-Carn Oighreag Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Over a relatively short distance, this is a good hill walk through moorland, involving some steep ascents. The starkness of white-walled Corgarff Castle in the upland landscape, proximity to the Cairngorms and the high hills of upper Deeside, add to the sense of remoteness.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(128) Corgarff Castle-Carn Oighreag Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(126) Cothiemuir Hill-Turf Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Although this is a short hill-walk to a relatively low wooded summit, the ascent provides good exercise and fine views. As it is one of the least known tops on the Bennachie range, you are unlikely to meet fellow walkers. The Cothiemuir Stone Circle makes for a memorable finale.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(126) Cothiemuir Hill-Turf Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”