Walks Blog – Aug 2021

Mushrooms Mash-up …
The ‘shroom season is most definitely here. These spotted over recent days in Wellhouse Woods and on paths near Suie Hill … 💙
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3tbAV8E , 31st August, 2021

Barrie’s Grand Tour …
Showing off some of our beautiful Aberdeenshire delights to John’s long time friend, Barrie.
Those cheeky smiles not much changed from their schooldays …! 😁💙
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3BiOK7V , 27th August, 2021

Funky Fungi …!
Wellhouse Woods is one of my favourite local walks at any time of the year. Especially so now that it’s funky fungi spotting season … 🍄💙😁
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3zjcrMZ , 25th August, 2021

Checking Out Castle Fraser …
We’re re-treading our steps on some of our early Mack Walks to check the route guidance continues to be accurate. Today it was the turn of the Castle Fraser ramble. Always a joy … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3y3Eyhz , 21st August, 2021

Early Autumn Colours …?
Signs all ways this week that autumn, if not already here, is just around the corner … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3y7UfUW , 20th August, 2021

Walk (163) Strachan-Scolty Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
This is an attractive walk from the little village of Strachan (pronounced “Strawn”), providing fine views of the valley of the Water of Feugh and the surrounding hills. However, be prepared for the steep-ish climb up through farmland and forest to the heather-clad moor-land summit area of Scolty Hill with its distinctive monument, a very well-known landmark in lower Deeside … 😀
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/37MOBgv , 17th August, 2021

Blooming Heather …
Climbing Scolty from Strachan this afternoon, the bonnie purple heather now in full bloom … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3xGMFk4 , 14th August, 2021

Bright Blooms …
On a very, very, wet evening, some beautiful brights taken a couple of weeks now … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3iD911F , 11th August, 2021


Re-visiting Our Duff House-Bridge of Alvah Route …
Recently, we checked out and updated the guidance for our Duff House-Bridge of Alvah route … 😀
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3CwCK3Z , 9th August, 2021
https://themackwalks.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/011-duff-house-and-the-bridge-of-alvah-circular-aberdeenshire/

Always Impressive …
We took a wee turn around the grounds of Duff House on our walking route today. Now a partner art gallery for the National Galleries of Scotland, this grand Georgian mansion house always makes an impression … 😀
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/2X7KfOQ , 7th August, 2021

Re-visiting Our Duff House Walk …
Rewalking one of our early routes, an easy 9km around Bridge of Alvah and beautiful Banff … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3AkIXOD , 7th August, 2021

Denied Drum Castle Garden …
A walk at Drum Castle this afternoon took longer than planned and we arrived at the rose garden just ten minutes before they gates were locked. A return visit to this lovely walled garden is definitely on the cards … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3iwMX8Z , 5th August, 2021

Walk (162) Braes of Morven-Roar Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
This is a straightforward but very enjoyable short hill walk on the heathery slopes of Morven, an imposing Corbett hill that sits between Deeside and Donside, on the eastern boundary of the Cairngorms National Park. On both the ascent and descent, there are marvellous views of the broad bowl of the Howe of Cromar, with its appealing patchwork of fields and woodland, protected by surrounding hills … 😀
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3A2UbaG , 2nd August, 2021


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