Walks Blog – Feb 2020

The Moray Firth Micro-climate …!
Walking the Findochty-Portknockie coast today, there was no sign, yet, of the anticipated Storm Jorge … 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2PBAkKO , 29th February, 2020








Shocking Coastal Erosion at Balgownie Links …!
We were in a different, snow-free, world only 30 minutes east today.Β There to record a new route for our walks website, we were taken aback by just how much the coastal path has eroded in the ten months since we last visited the area. So much so, we backed off – for safety and environmental reasons, both – from writing up and publishing the route … 😏
Alison’s Facebook page: https://t.ly/52gXd , 25th February, 2020







A Wintry Picture Tonight …
The after work walk was hard going tonight … 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/xR6Bq , 24th February, 2020







Walk (112) Rosehearty-Mounthooly Doocot-Pitsligo Castle (Aberdeenshire)
This is a very interesting historical ramble around and about the old Buchan fishing village of Rosehearty. In addition, there are some great coastal views, particularly along a wide bay on the Moray Firth towards Aberdour, Pennan and Troup Head. To the east of the harbour, there is a fine beach with very attractive, light coloured sand β€¦Β πŸ˜€
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2un0qts , 24th February, 2020






Roaring Seas At Rosehearty …

Roaring seas, a sheltered harbour, a Gothic kirk, an ancient castle, an elaborate doocot and … a rugged beauty. These north east fisher-toon’s have it all …! 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/3c2lOFg , 22nd February, 2020








Wacky Waypointing …!
Walking and route mapping with The Reid’s … πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™
Alison’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/kNxeq , 22nd February, 2020









Cosy Comforts At Corse Castle …!
On our way to check out walking opportunities on Corse Hill this afternoon, we took the chance to make a first-time visit to the ruin of Corse Castle. It’s an impressive 16thC structure, in a strategic position between the Dee and Don valleys. Sadly, one of its towers and all of the floors have now collapsed. In troubled times, it no doubt made a cosy (and secure!) love nest for William Forbes, Laird of Corse, and his wife Elizabeth Strachan, whose initials, as you can see, were inscribed on the lintel above the door when the place was built way back in 1581 β€¦πŸ˜€
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2SMvHPR , 21st February, 2020


Colour And Light Near Lumphanan …
Checking out a potential future route at Corse Hill this afternoon. Even on a cold winter’s day, and in the midst of recent forestry operations, we had colour and variety … πŸ˜πŸ’™
Alison’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/lWLBq , 21st February, 2020








Walk (111) Finzean-Tom’s Cairn Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This is a highly enjoyable walk in two halves: the first section meanders through mature forest around Finzean House, where you are likely to spot red squirrels and hear woodpeckers at work; while the final section ascends over a grass and heather hillside to a panoramic vantage point before descending to the start through open farmland with sweeping views of the Feughside valley β€¦Β πŸ˜€
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2HHWxCB , 20th February, 2020


Faux-Pas at Finzean …!
At just over 10kms, including a steep climb, our hike from Finzean to Tom’s Cairn was already at the upper end of our range. When we missed a turnoff part way through, it became 3kms longer!Β The splendid views when we got to the top made it worthwhile, though. As did the cheese scone at Finzean farm shop on our return route … πŸ˜‚πŸ’™
Alison’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/O3jb7 , 18th February, 2020








Walk (110) Keith-Tarnash Falls-Dunnyduff Wood (Moray
This is an enjoyable little circuit on good way-marked paths, mostly in the shelter of attractive mature woodland. The focal point on the walk is the leafy grove where the Burn of Tarnash tumbles over a narrow rocky face into a pot-like little gorge. Small and perfectly formed, the Falls of Tarnash waterfall makes for a very photogenic spot, with sunlight stippled by the branches overhead, and bordered by patches of green moss and ferns …Β πŸ˜€
John’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/P3DOe , 17th February, 2020


Finding Shelter From The Storm (Dennis) …
With cloud, rain and high winds forecast pretty much everywhere today, we headed north west to Keith in search of a sheltered forest walk. Walking only in woodland isn’t our favourite – it tends to be a wee bit too closed in for us. Today, though,it was calm and dry … and we found a waterfall – so all was good … 😁
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2SRe0xo , 15th February, 2020








Walk (109) Aboyne Ramble (Aberdeenshire)
This is an enjoyable ramble around and about the large Deeside village of Aboyne, offering many opportunities to enjoy views of the pleasant Strathdee countryside. With its large open β€œgreen” at the centre, and well-preserved and re-vitalised railway station square, the settlement has a very relaxed ambience, making it particularly popular with summer visitors β€¦Β πŸ˜€
John’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/O3qDJ , 13th February, 2020









Deeside Dichotomy …
It was a game of two halves walking near Aboyne today. Snow, cold and gales followed by sun, cold and … gales …😁
Alison’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/w5ALx , 11th February, 2020








Walk (108) Montrose-Scurdie Ness Circuit (Angus)
This is an interesting and visually stimulating little walk from the old fishing village of Ferryden, near the Port of Montrose, on the southern bank of the River South Esk, to the attractive lighthouse at windswept Scurdie Ness β€¦Β πŸ˜€
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/31JIoOd , 10th February, 2020








Montrose to Brechin Retreat …!
Storm Ciara’s advance guard arrived at Scurdie Ness just as we did this morning. With gale force winds at every turn, we decided to do the sensible thing and cut short our planned coastal route. Heading inland to calmer conditions instead …








Back To An Old Dog-Walking Haunt …
We were in very familiar territory at Govals Woods this afternoon, on a beautiful Spring-like day … πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™
Alison’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/dN16A , 6th February, 2020








A Special Place …
We keep being drawn back to this place … I wonder why …?Β πŸ€”
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2GYSz84 , 5th February, 2020







A Sheltered Stronghold …
Given the stormy forecast, a planned trip across to the island of Kerrera was put on hold for now. Instead, we visited Dunstaffnage Castle. A key player in the savage history of the Lords of the Isles and a Campbell stronghold since Culloden … 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/MM7mA , 2nd February, 2020










The Green Island Under Blue Skies …
The west coast weather was kinder to us today as we headed to Port Appin for a circular walk, taking in spectacular views of the island of Lismore … πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/36LjmPF , 1st February, 2020








Capturing Castle Stalker …
Castle Stalker in quickly changing light and it’s imposing neighbour, Beinn Churalain, from the Loch Laich marshes this afternoon … πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™
Alison’s Facebook post: https://t.ly/zMJ6Z , 1st February, 2020

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