Walks Blog – May 2021

Our Aikey Brae Amble With The Reids …
An ancient stone circle, a great walk and good friends … 💙😁
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3p0Vpij , 29th May, 2021

High Pressure And Warm Air Combo At Last …!
The grass is growing and the countryside is glowing. Summer has at last arrived in north east Scotland …🤞😁💙
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3c04tib , 28th May, 2021

Enjoying A Fine Afternoon In Finzean …
Cows and cowslips at Finzean this afternoon … 😁💙
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3oNncT4 , 25th May, 2021

Sunshine And Showers At Glen Dye …
A long walk in picturesque Glen Dye today, stopping at remote Charr Bothy for a snack in the sunshine … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/2RGGYDN , 22nd May, 2021

Hungry Birds …!
While today’s heavy rain meant bad hair days all round for our feathered friends, it hasn’t slowed their visits to the feeders. After all, there are hungry mouths to feed back at their nests … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3wuZIoF , 21st May, 2021


Walk (152) Inverbervie-Gourdon-Bikmane Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
This is a very pleasant and invigorating walk along the old Kincardineshire coast between the small coastal town of Inverbervie and the old fishing village of Gourdon. The return leg ascends onto Bikmane Hill to take a section of the “Lang Rig”, the old coach road, now a grassy track, that preceded the modern A92 coastal road … 😀
John’s Facebook post: , 17th May, 2021

Seeking Seaside Sunshine …
Walking the coastal route and Gourdon Hill from Inverbervie today …💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3v30Qza , 15th May, 2021

Our Deer Green Place …!
Our resident roe deer returns to graze on our grass tonight.💙😁 I’m sure he waits till it’s dark till he returns to pinch our potted polyanthus flowers … 😆
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3uObyd1 , 13th May, 2021

Walk (151) Linn of Quoich-The Punchbowl (Aberdeenshire)
The rushing waters of the Quoich, cascading through a series of narrow ravines, makes for a stunning and unforgettable experience, in an idyllic Highland setting amongst mature pines. The initial path to the Linn of Quoich (“Linn” is an old Scots word for waterfall, or torrent) is easy and safe. However, the complete circuit is extremely arduous in places due to riverbank erosion and is only suitable for experienced walkers who are up for a challenge … 🤔
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/2RRBZQw , 12th May, 2021

Walk (150) Invercauld-Keiloch-Craggan Rour Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
This is a very pleasant short walk amongst mature open conifer woodland, with fine open views down to the valley of the upper River Dee, and of the mountainous landscape all around Keiloch on the Invercauld Estate … 😀
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3fdSBtL , 11th May, 2021

Walk (149) Braemar-Morrone Birkwood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
This very scenic walk from the centre of Braemar provides excellent views down to the village, where the Clunie Water meets the River Dee, and also a wide vista of the Cairngorms. Much of the route passes through the Morrone Birkwood, a Special Area of Conservation, and the only surviving example in Britain of a sub-alpine downy birch and juniper woodland, largely unchanged since the end of the last Ice Age … 😊
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3hkE2Y1 , 10th May, 2021

Some High Energy Walking Today …!
The Invercauld estate and Linn of Quoich were the walking destinations today. The latter turned into something of an army assault course but we’ll not go there … 😆💙
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3heGFdF , 7th May, 2021

Wet Breeks Amongst The Birks …!
Walking by the birkwoods on Morrone today. My, it was a wet one …! 🌨❄️🌧😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/33iWoAn , 6th May, 2021

Cool Clouds …
As the rapidly developing cloud formations show in Alison’s pics … a series of fierce snow showers tumbled off the Cairngorms today to punctuate the brilliant sunshine … 😀
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3xSjXhA , 5th May, 2021

Brilliant Blue Skies For Braemar Walk …!
Snow flurries(!) and sunny skies walking at Braemar today … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3nShj6x , 5th May, 2021

Walk (148) Aboyne-Court Hill-River Dee Circuit (Aberdeenshire)
Although never far from the busy Deeside village of Aboyne, this varied rural walk often has an “away from it all” feel to it. The route initially enters a parkland environment via the impressive entrance drive to Aboyne Castle, with its eye-catching classic Scottish Baronial lines. Soon, the route gently ascends away from the village onto the slopes of Court Hill before heading west to enter an open attractive mixed woodland environment where there are some fine views. Finally, the walk takes a very scenic route along the banks of the River Dee before returning to the village centre … 😀
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3xFdIxk , 3rd May, 2021

Aboyne Between The Showers …
Thankfully, the sun shone between the showers on our walk near Aboyne today … 😀
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3t9uHEz , 1st May, 2021

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