(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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(145) Tarland-The Petts Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Leaving the rolling farmland behind, the mid-section of this varied walk involves a steady climb through mature conifers to an open viewpoint over Tarland, the Howe of Cromar, and a wider mountain landscape to the South and West.

Duration: 2.75 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)”

(139) Glen Tanar – Gairney Bridge Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a good walk in old pine forest and open farmland close to the banks of the fast-flowing Water of Tanar, and within the special natural environment of Glen Tanar, a varied and scenic national nature reserve that lies within the Cairngorms National Park.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(139) Glen Tanar – Gairney Bridge 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)”

(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)”

(127) Coull-Tarland Way-Gallow Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A relatively easy walk, initially following a good way-marked trail. On the return route there is a gradual ascent into a pine wood on good forest roads before gently dropping back into the farmland surrounding the old church at Coull.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(127) Coull-Tarland Way-Gallow Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(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)”