Walks Blog – Oct 2021

After The Rain …
After the rain. Heading for Terpersie and Manabattock Hill to revisit our walk 069 following a report that recent forestry work had affected our route guidance. We found it most certainly had. How inconsiderate … 🤣
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3CyxI6I , 30th October, 2021

Encountering Stone Creations …
On our ascent of Baderonoch Hill today, at the aptly named Overlook Loch, where there is a fine viewpoint over the Howe of Cromar, we encountered the “St Kilda’s Wake” sculpture by celebrated Scottish artist, Ronald Rae. It is sculpted in grey granite, weighing 3 tons, as a memorial to the people of St.Kilda, who decided they could no longer survive on their remote island off the west coast of Scotland. Also passed on the route at a lonely spot amongst heather and pine is an inscribed stone with an evocative verse from the Ewan MacColl song – “The Joy of Living” … 🙂
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3GcActH , 22nd October, 2021

Wonderful Views From Baderonoch Hill …
On and around Baderonoch Hill on the Tillypronie Estate this afternoon … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3psLrsj , 22nd October, 2021


Rhynie’s City In The Sky …!
The intriguing remains of the ancient hill-fort on the exposed summit of Tap o Noth, near Rhynie, always stimulate the imagination. Latest research suggests that 1500 years ago, up to 800 Pictish homes surrounded the fortress, on the lower slopes. Hard to believe that this remote, windswept site was Scotland’s first urban centre …! 🤔Thanks to Aberdeen University for the amazing aerial pics.https://theconversation.com/how-aerial-technology-helped…
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3vfKbtm , 16th October, 2021

Top Views From The Tap …!
Returning to check out our Tap o Noth circular route this afternoon. Tremendous views all around … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/2XouL9K , 16th October, 2021

Blue Water Project Pics …
Back in July, I was asked to contribute to a PHD research project focussing on inland blue water areas (lochs, rivers, estuaries) and their impact on health & well-being. As part of the work, I took many, many, photos of inland blue water! Here are some of my favourites. I love how they illustrate the changing seasons, if only through July to October … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/2YVbPzx , 15th October, 2021

Colour Me Beautiful …
Colours shining through this weekend’s cloudy and showery weather … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/2YIzkwb , 10th October, 2021

Walk (167) Linn of Dee-Glen Lui Townships (Aberdeenshire)
Despite the remote location, the first section of this walk is justifiably popular with walkers of all abilities. The beauty of the natural environment is striking, and the walk kicks off with a visit to the Linn of Dee where the waters of the river churn and cascade through a rocky gorge. Moving on to the fast-flowing Lui Water, there are some classic Highland views of tumbling waters, open conifer woodland, and high surrounding hills. Progressing to Glen Lui, the landscape is dotted with overgrown low ruins, evidence of grain-drying kilns, barns and abandoned human habitation … 😀
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3acNSq5 , 7th October, 2021

Walk (166) Braemar-Two Rivers Ramble (Aberdeenshire)
This is a very pleasant and easy route in a beautiful setting, mostly walking on riverside paths on the ancient flood plain of the upper River Dee, and surrounded by high hills on all sides. The focal point is undoubtedly where the Clunie Water meets the River Dee, with stunning views up and down the strath … 😀
John’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3Bhk5se , 5th October, 2021

Searching For Shielings …
Searching for the remains of the Glen Lui townships on the Mar Lodge estate today. We found them. And, some stunning scenery along the way … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3B9NUe1 , 3rd October, 2021


Autumnal Variations …!
Beautiful autumn colours by Clunie Water and the River Dee this morning. In the afternoon, the rain got serious and, after a very wet trek through Glen Ey, we’re making full use of the drying room here ..! 💙😁
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3irhpAM , 2nd October, 2021

Afternoon Delight in Bonnie Braemar …
Afternoon in bonny Braemar … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3A4BaUG , 1st October, 2021

Morning Light In Stunning Stonehive …
Enjoying some early morning exploring in Stonehaven … 💙😊
Alison’s Facebook post: bit.ly/3uts3fb , 1st October, 2021

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