Walks Blog – Oct 2018

A Chill Wind at Collieston …
There was a raw wind blowing when we walked near Collieston a couple of days ago, and chilly it sure was. We loved it … 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/uU7HU3 , 2nd November, 2018







Walk (036) Forvie Reserve-Hackley Bay Ramble (Aberdeenshire)
This is a pleasant and varied ramble on the Forvie National Nature Reserve, through the wild coastal heath-land of Forvie Moor, meeting impressive cliffs that lead to an isolated and pristine bay beneath Hackley Head. Near the end of the walk there are wonderful views from the headland above the lower part of Collieston village to its harbour and little beach … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/hqqSXY , 1st November, 2018






Beautiful Hackley Bay …!
We found Hackley Head this week. Another wee hidden gem on the north east coast … 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/L8hqbM , 2nd November, 2018





Walk (035) Paradise Wood-Craigton Wood Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This is a very pleasant and scenic ramble along the banks of the River Don in the valley between Millstone Hill and Pitfichie Hill. The first section of the route explores the very special woodland environment that is Paradise Wood. Here, you are walking in an historic designed landscape, which also provides a valuable wildlife habitat, and is particularly notable for the size and variety of conifers, including large Redwoods … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/wVSXHk , 29th October, 2018



Change of Seasons …
The clocks have changed, there’s a cold nip in the air and daylight left us before 5pm today. So, I guess there’s no denying winter’s on it’s way. The bright blue skies and endless autumn colours near Monymusk this afternoon made it a little hard to believe, though … 😁💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/zKZT9F , 28th October, 2018






Heavenly Hedges …!
We found top topiary in paradise, today. Quirky Paradise Cottage, that is … 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/hE3koh , 28th October, 2018







Stoney Sunshine …
We found ourselves back in Stonehaven earlier this week. It turns out it’s as lovely in late October as it was when we “holidayed” there in sunny July … 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/ZkDae7 , 27th October, 2018








Autumn Light …
The park was shining in the frosty morning sun on a walk before work earlier this week.😊 Not this morning though, it’s pouring down …! ☔️☔️☔️
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Q2LBjn , 26th October, 2018








Walk (034) Craibstone-Elrick and Brimmond Hills Circular (Aberdeen)
Despite being within the administrative boundary of Aberdeen City Council, this walk has many attractive rural characteristics. In fact, only the impressive easterly view from the top of Brimmond Hill over the city and down to the sea reveals how close you are to the busy urban world that is Europe’s oil industry capital … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/KVSqWg , 25th October, 2018








When Urban is Rural …!
Looking at the photos here, it’s hard to believe we were walking within the city boundary yesterday. City walking Aberdeen-style …! 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/wNGCN2 , 24th October, 2018








Fruits of the Forest …
Woodland wonders … 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/RvRz97 , 24th October, 2018







Walk (033) Cullen-Findlater Castle Loop (Moray)
This is an excellent coastal walk from Cullen, an attractive former fishing village, on the border between Moray and Aberdeenshire, in an area which enjoys a benign micro-climate. After first going inland through farmland overlooking the coast, the route descends to Sunnyside Beach, a beautiful little stretch of golden sand and unusual rock formations, backed by grassy cliffs and sand dunes. From here the path ascends again to gain an unforgettable vantage point over the ruins of Findlater Castle … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2PRhqhf , 22nd October, 2018


The Bonny Moray Coast …!
Venturing into Moray for part of our walk from Cullen to Findlater Castle and back yesterday. What a beautiful coastline it is … 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CWdpoB , 21st October, 2018







Climbers at Cullen …
Cullen was a pretty start and end point for yesterday’s hike. The brave/crazy rock climbers just out of town made me very glad that the only climbing we did was on muddy paths …! 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CWaoVh , 21st October, 2018







Walk (032) Millstone Hill-Heather Brig-Bennachie Forest Loop (Aberdeenshire)
This is a leg-stretching ramble over Millstone Hill into the mature Bennachie pine forest. During the walk there are great views of the Don valley in the beautiful area known as “My Lord’s Throat”, and from the heather-clad summit there are marvellous panoramic views, and an especially impressive outlook to the Mither Tap … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2Cpi8hz , 18th October, 2018







Wild Walking (Within Limits) …!
Only 20 miles from the busy centre of Aberdeen City … some of my favourite images from today’s not so little (as it turned out) hike … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CkPKgs , 16th October, 2018








Stopped in our Tracks …!
Closed paths due to forestry operations added 5 kms to our already long-ish and high-ish planned route today. The legs got a wee bit weary but the glorious views of the Mither Tap helped … 😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CkTXAT , 16th Oct, 2018








The Orange Hues of Autumn …
Orange was the colour of the day walking up, down and around Millstone Hill earlier …  😊💙
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2ChGzh3 , 16th October, 2018









No Mean City …!
Some skylines from strolling around Glasgow … no mean city … 😀
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CeL4c0 , 14th October, 2018







The Wee Curry Shop Success Story …!
Haven’t tried the food yet but the decor and ambience are 10’s … 👌😁
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CdOsnv , 13th October, 2018








Clydesiders …
Walking by the Clyde today. Still some echoes of the old shipyards here and there … 😊
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CfepDc , 12th October, 2018









West End Walking …
Walking in Glasgow’s west end this afternoon. The calm before Storm Callum … 😳
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2ChlMu7 , 11th October, 2018








Walk (031) Haddo House Country Park Ramble (Aberdeenshire)
This is an easy walk in a delightful designed rural landscape.The route passes by historical monuments and through parkland and woods centred around a large lake and ponds. At the end of the walk we take a little time to enjoy the fine formal garden and terraces at the rear of Haddo House, a splendid country mansion built in 1732 … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2yitgcu , 8th October, 2018








Hadda a Great Time at Haddo …
A lovely walk around and about Haddo House yesterday. Thanks Eric & Karen for the expert sign-posting … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2yonLsD , 7th October, 2018







‘Tis the Season …
Colours of autumn …    [at Seaton Park, Aberdeen]
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2pF8U9B , 6th October, 2018








Walk (030) St Mary’s Chapel-Rattray Head Lighthouse Return (Aberdeenshire)
This walk to the coast at Rattray Head, between Peterhead and Fraserburgh, starts and finishes at the ruin of St. Mary’s Chapel in Old Rattray, near to the Loch of Strathbeg. The loch is Britain’s largest coastal lagoon, and a seasonal haven for up to a fifth of the world’s pink-footed geese. At the mid-point on the walk we arrive at the windblown beach on the headland overlooking the Rattray Head Lighthouse, built in the late 19thC on a rock tower, and surrounded by sea water except at low tide … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2pAZuf3 , 5th October, 2018


Variety … Spice … Life …!
Towering dunes, the ruins of an old chapel, a life-saving lighthouse and sand-covered ‘shrooms. Walking near Fraserburgh, variety sure is the spice of life … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2ICqnbe , 4th October, 2018








Images from Old Rattray …
Some photos from this morning’s walk – charting our progress from the 800 year old chapel at Old Rattray, near the Loch of Strathbeg, to the Rattray Head lighthouse, and back again … 

Click here for a wee slideshow: https://bit.ly/2IBZVyl

John’s Facebook post:  , 4th October, 2018








Walking Off the Calories …!
Walking on our doorstep with Denis & Ann today. A good idea after the super-size lunch … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2IGawbT , 3rd October, 2018

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