Walks Blog – Jul 2018

Walk (013) Pitfichie-Whitehill Stone Circle-Green Hill (Aberdeenshire)
This is a moderately strenuous hill and forest walk in the Menaway Hills. The summit of Green Hill. provides a great all-around viewpoint, and especially towards the eastern Cairngorms. Along the way, we visit the Whitehill recumbent stone circle, a Neolithic stone monument, probably constructed for ceremonial purposes, during the second and third millennia B.C. … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/KeahBZ , 1st August, 2018

 

In the Footsteps of our Ancestors …
Walking Whitehill Stone Circle-Green Hill circular near Monymusk today. 10km of stunning Aberdeenshire scenery … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/K1iT6w , 31st July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sad Memories of Lives Taken Too Soon …
Yesterday, in the Piper Alpha Memorial Garden. 30 years on …
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/zx3utw , 31st July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jewel in the Crown of City Gardens …!
Aberdeen isn’t exactly short of bonny parks and public spaces. Johnston Gardens is one of my favourites. A great start and end point for walking yesterday …  #smallisbeautiful
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/B3ttwM , 31st July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escape From The City …
An early walk from nearby Blackdog this morning. Only minutes from the busy city, yet a different world … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/qEYL5R , 29th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (012) Hill of Barra Circular (Aberdeenshire)
A stimulating walk over Barra Hill, a remarkable example of an Iron Age fort, enjoying marvellous open views of the Bennachie range and of the fertile Garioch farmland all around. The hill also played its part in the bloody Battle of Barra, 1308, during Robert the Bruce’s violent military campaign to take over the kingship of Scotland. The mid section of the route descends to Bourtie Kirk. The present church building is from 1806, but Christian worship here dates back 800 years … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Rfy21b , 29th July, 2018

 

 

Memories of Stuart the Lab …
Truly back in home territory today with the Mither Tap and Bennachie range dominating the landscape.  Stuart dude spent many happy times here, too, back in the day – sniffin’ and surveying his kingdom …!  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/p5WykB , 27th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (011) Duff House and the Bridge of Alvah Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This is a varied walk from Duff House, Banff, an 18th Century mansion house now open as an art gallery. The first section is in broadleaf woodland, before views open out to the rolling Banffshire farmland nearing the Bridge of Alvah, spanning a scenic wooded gorge. On the gentle downhill return, there is a fine view of Banff Bridge and Banff Bay before passing through the Macduff Distillery, home to the Glen Deveron malt whisky … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/wWCGgb , 27th July, 2018

 

 

 

Uptown Excursion …!
Out on the town for the first time in a while …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/yJGXaE , 25th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duff House Doesn’t Disappoint …!
It was a long one from Duff House today, made longer by taking the wrong track!  Farmland, woodland, rivers, the seaside, historic houses and a whisky distillery along the way certainly provided variety …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/H98rqC , 24th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (010) Drum Castle Ramble (Aberdeenshire)
This short walk is a very pleasant ramble through wooded areas and farmland centred around the ancient Castle of Drum. The route takes in a fine, open viewpoint for lower Deeside, some very old oak trees, and the unique Garden of Historic Roses in a tranquil enclosed setting … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/FDzQY6 , 23rd July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Photo Time On Deeside …
Some very nice photos from Alison’s iPad yesterday at Drum Castle despite the cloudy conditions … 

Our photo album from the day’s walk: https://goo.gl/ptGq7H

John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/C6uRzc , 22nd July, 2018

 

 

Down Deeside Way …
Enjoying the Deeside countryside on an easy 5km walk near Drum Castle yesterday … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/LBhf4L , 22nd July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damp at Drum …
Drum Castle Gardens were looking good yesterday despite the heavy rain overnight … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/4ydvN6 , 22nd July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Aberdeen’s Botanic Gardens …
Just some of the gorgeous plants showing off in the Botanic Gardens this week … 
Alison’s Facebook page: https://goo.gl/9JU2wP , 22nd July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta Love …!
Lilies….bold and brash, but you gotta love them. Hydrangeas, too …!  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/s3gF1a , 19th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life in the Slow Lane …
Walking from Collieston to Old Slains Castle on the coastal path, we were too late for the puffins this year but must have seen almost every other kind of seabird! And a pony and some sheep, too …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/uJHU7P , 19th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Bakes by the Beach …
Collieston was looking good earlier in the week. The post-walk scone at the Smuggler’s Cone cafe was pretty good too …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/kbN9w7 , 19th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (009) Collieston-Old Castle of Slains Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This walk nicely combines a scenic cliff-top trail with a section that ambles along a quiet country lane between fields. The route also explores the pretty village of Collieston. The focal point on the walk is the ruin of the Old Castle of Slains on a rocky headland overlooking the beautiful beach at Broad Haven Bay … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Ca7ZuS , 19th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fa Kens Fit It’s Like in Fittie (who knows what it is like in Footdee) …?!
A wander around Fittie (or Footdee in English!) yesterday. Aberdeen’s old village by the harbour …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/B6hW5K , 17th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfamiliar Walking in the Rain …!
I’m sure the novelty of taking my morning walk in the rain will soon wear off – but I enjoyed the experience – helped by meeting these beauties in the walled garden at Seaton Park … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/RYx84S , 16th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (008) Pitmedden House-Udny Castle Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This is a enjoyable rural walk, the route alternating between mature broadleaf woodland and open farmland. We pass Udny Castle, originally dating from around the early 15th century, before exploring the charming and picturesque village square at Udny Green. At the end of the walk there is the option to take in the fine gardens and museum of farming life at Pitmedden House … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/EapGSc , 16th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Country Walk in the City …!
Hard to believe that we were still within the bounds of Aberdeen City on our little stroll up Brimmond Hill this afternoon … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/d9Jf53 , 15th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty on the Borderline …!
No formality here but still lots of hard work and planning. Possibly the most colourful borders in the world …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/UHBvER , 15th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-creating an 18th Century Model Garden …
The gardens at Pitmedden House are a work of art for sure, but perhaps a little too formal for me …    #lovethehares
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/9bKDiZ , 15th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Familiar Fun …!
It’s great fun rediscovering old haunts. Reminding ourselves yesterday just how bonny Udny Green and the surrounding countryside is …!  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/pHgmkX , 15th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harbour Expansion on a Grand Scale at Aberdeen …!
Strolling around the Balnagask Golf Course area yesterday, we came across a busy scene involving dredging and heavy construction at the new second Aberdeen harbour in Nigg Bay. It is still a little difficult to imagine the finished article, but it will be fascinating to observe the progress over the next two years … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/njG5Xf , 13th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining …
It was grey skies above the bay yesterday but the colourful allotments close by brightened things up …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/rKq9dM , 13th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Me The Way …!
Heading out. The wee pilot boat was being kept on its toes today, in one of the busiest harbours in Europe …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/a0YC1H , 12th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (007) Braes of Gight Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This is a very pleasant and scenic rural walk on the banks of the River Ythan, passing the ruin of Gight Castle, ancestral home of the poet, Lord Byron. The route then climbs into Gight Wood, one of the last remnants of ancient woodland in Aberdeenshire … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/XMhZvz , 12th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bonnie Braes of Gight …!
Walking in old haunts today. Braes o’ Gight …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/SXJwpW , 10th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Good Walk from our Front Door …!
So the temperatures have dropped just a little! Still, a bonny night down by the beach …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/LonMjD , 9th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (006) Ythan Estuary and Forvie Sands Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This is an easy walk in the special environment of the Forvie Nature Reserve with great views of the Ythan Estuary. The Reserve is home to the largest colony of eider ducks in the UK and one of the largest UK populations of migratory Antarctic terns. A large grey seal community also hauls up on its beaches … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/ZzMQWU , 8th July, 2018

Stepping Out Around Forvie Sands …
Our walk took us around the beautiful Forvie Sands nature reserve today. Seals, herons, terns, eider ducks, the ruins of an ancient village and world-renowned sand dunes. It has it all …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/McQf1C , 7th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Seaton Park Stroll …
One of the things we missed on Tenerife was parks like this one … and so handy to have it on on our doorstep …! 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/v5ZsY4 , 6th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (005) Banchory-Scolty Hill March Trail (Aberdeenshire)
This is a very pleasant forest walk in mature woodlands. The mid-section involves a fairly steep ascent to the top of Scolty Hill, with its distinctive monument. The views from the top over Banchory, the Dee Valley and the Grampian Mountains are very rewarding … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/RgivXf , 6th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making it Back to the Machar …
It’s like we’ve never been away. Good to be back in Old Aberdeen …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/uwtLYJ , 4th July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunny Stonehaven …!
It’s back to our flat in Aberdeen for us tomorrow, so cheerio to lovely Stonehaven. Where, clearly, the sun always shines … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/BXMYFB , 3rd July, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Pick Wild Mountain Thyme … All Along the Purple Heather …
It was inland for us today and a walk up and around Scolty Hill. Good to see the purple heather starting to flower. Bonny, for sure …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/gWSZjo , 2nd July, 2018

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