Walks Blog – Sep 2018

Walk (029) Fyvie Castle-Fyvie Loch-Fyvie Kirk Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This is a gentle stroll in very scenic surroundings, mostly in the mature landscaped grounds on the approaches to the historic baronial Castle of Fyvie, with its large and picturesque lake, and wonderful walled garden. On the return section there is an interesting diversion to Fyvie Parish Church for Pictish stones and more … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2ItsIoV , 1st October, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Walk in the Park – Part 3 …
Sophie, J’s wee grand-daughter, was busy checking out the park this morning. What a cutie she is … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2xN2SrF , 30th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Walk in the Park – Part 2 …
A lovely walk in the park with grand-daughter Sophie this morning … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2ItOFny , 30th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Walk in the Park – Part 1 …
Leaves are falling, Autumn is calling 🍃🍂
#sophiemack #helloautumn #allthecolours
Ashley Mackenzie’s post: https://bit.ly/2IstAKy , 30th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fyvie Castle and Mill o’ Tifty’s Annie …
Some striking scenes from Saturday – walking around and about Fyvie Castle – and time for a reflective moment on a sad story – visiting Tifty Annie’s grave at Fyvie kirk-yard … 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAliesQpnUQ

John’s Facebook post:  , 1st October, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dahlias …!
Bold, brash and beautiful dahlias at Fyvie Castle gardens …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2IExVug , 3rd October, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterflies and Bees Abound …!
Butterflies and bees galore in Fyvie Castle gardens today …   
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2IoUW44 , 29th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Autumns Advances …
Sunny and bright, it might have been mid-summer walking by the loch [at Fyvie Castle] today. The turning trees, and the wee chill in the air, tell us differently, though …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2Ipy8kN , 29th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 


Compensations …

Walking near Mackie’s dairy today, there was no sign of ice cream and chocolate. Cute cows and lofty turbines made up for that, though … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2xLqwVB , 28th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breathtaking Bennachie Views …!
Walking from the Core Hill today, Bennachie and the Mither Tap are never far away in this part of the world … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2InT9vX , 28th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School’s Out …!
Out on a school night …    [at McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale ]
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2InsPlR , 27th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (028) Portsoy-Sandend-Old King’s Road Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This is a bracing cliff-top walk, also taking in the splendid sandy beach at the pretty old fishing village of Sandend. Many old buildings, dating back to the end of the 1600s or early 1700s, survive to enhance the charming surroundings of the Old Harbour in Portsoy. We strongly recommend a visit to the Salmon Bothy museum, a former base for salmon fishing operations at the port … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2N7XQLv , 27th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featuring Portsoy …
Portsoy, start and end point of our walk today. A real north east fishing village … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2MYb2Cs , 25th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coast to Coast …
The weather wasn’t always favourable, but Alison managed to capture some great photos all the same on today’s walk from Portsoy to Sandend and back. Here are some of my favourite images … 
John’s Facebook post: 
https://bit.ly/2N0AC9V , 25th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (027) Aboyne Loch-Mortlich Hill Circular (Aberdeenshire)
The Deeside area is well known for its scenic qualities and this walk achieves some fine views over the vale of Strathdee. The walk at first hugs the side of beautiful Aboyne Loch before making the sometimes steep ascent of Mortlich Hill. At the summit there are the remains of a stone fort and a memorial, from 1863, to local landowner, the 10th Marquis of Huntly … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2Q10iFo , 24th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John’s Faves …
Some of my favourite images from today’s voyage through a sea of shoulder-high bracken and gorse … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2MV0HXH , 22nd September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison’s Faves …
Hills, history, lochs and mushrooms. Just a few of my favourite things … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2MUWxzl , 22nd September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jungle Japes …!
I’m not gonna lie, a machete would have come in handy climbing Mortlich Hill, near Aboyne, today. Great views, though …!  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2MWeZr6 , 22nd 
September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (026) Leith Hall-Craigfall-Parkland Ramble (Aberdeenshire)
This is a delightfully varied walk on the parkland estate surrounding the charming country house, Leith Hall. It started life as a tower house built in about 1650 and is sometimes now described as looking like a French chateau! There is a great viewpoint at Craigfall, a beautiful pond area, and a wonderful walled garden to enjoy along the way … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2OBTfCz , 20th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Variety is the Spice …!
A wonderful variety of views (and weather!) on our walk around and about Leith Hall in deepest Aberdeenshire today … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2OwqtDf , 18th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busy as a Bee Can Be ….!
Busy, busy bees making the most of the autumn blooms …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2OEJS5n , 18th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely Leith Hall Gardens …!
Back at Leith Hall today for the first time in a while. The gardens, even this late in the season, are as gorgeous as ever …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2OB8FXX , 18th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Different Saturday for Us …!
Saturday morning in Old Aberdeen … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2MyyHsI , 15th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (025) Bennachie-Heather Brig-Mither Tap-Turnpike Road (Aberdeenshire)
This circular walk takes an unconventional approach to Bennachie’s Mither Tap, walking around the hillside to ascend from the steeply sloped southern side and then making a return by a gentler route down the Maiden Causeway path, and along the Old Turnpike Road. At the summit the views are breath-taking. Bennachie is notable for its ruined Iron Age fort and is also the subject of much local legend, poetry and song … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CTABEQ , 13th September, 2018

 

 

 

Mushroom Medley …
We had a bit of a Funghi Fest on our Bennachie walk earlier this week … that’s “fest” not “feast” obviously …! 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CSgkQ6 , 13th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Big One Over Bennachie …!
A long one and a steep one today, up and over the Mither Tap and along the Old Turnpike road, amongst countryside we know so well. It’s good to be back … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CMh2yc , 11th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (024) Huntly-Kinnoir Wood-Battle Hill Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This walk nicely combines town and country environments. The gentle ascent into Kinnoir Woods, above where the rivers Deveron and Bogie meet, provides the first of many sweeping countryside views that continue as we walk around the Battle Hill, an important place in prehistory, with evidence of Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement. In the final section, the route takes us on a stroll through the attractive town of Huntly and the fine central square … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CDllMa , 10th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

Freedom …!
Thanks to our guide, Lia from Scot Free Tours, we enjoyed an interesting, irreverent, and informative walking tour of our home turf in Old Aberdeen today …   @scotfreetoursaberdeen
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CAsPzt , 9th September, 2018

[for our group photo at the end of the tour, Lia asked us to punch the air and shout “Freedom”!]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiking Around and About Huntly Toun …
Some fine countryside views on our little hike around and about Huntly yesterday … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CCA766 , 9th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Warm Colours of Early Autumn …
Apples, harvest, reds, coppers and golds. It must be autumn in Scotland … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2NtGBZ9 , 8th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Finding Fungi Season is Here …
We were walking near Huntly today, sometimes in woodland. The fungi were out in force …   #moresignsofautumn
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CzFZgm , 8th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking Down Your Street …
The walk to the pub … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2wSdhRO , 7th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A River Runs Through It …
Close to home in Old Aberdeen town and country come together around the banks of the River Don … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2wMBuc8 , 7th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (023) Pitmedden House-Tolquhon Castle Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This is a very pleasant and easy walk amongst the gentle rolling fields and hedgerows of the Formartine area. The focal point on the route is the ruin of Tolquhon Castle, built in the 1580s, and highly regarded now for its visual attraction and completeness. At the end of the walk there is the option to take in the gardens and museum of farming life at Pitmedden House … 
John’s Facebook post:  , 6th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fresher’s Week …!

A much busier Seaton Park walk this morning. The students have arrived … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2CprOu7 , 5th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying Evening Sunshine …!
The highlight of our little hike yesterday was the fascinating ruin of Tolquhon Castle. All the same, I thought Pitmedden House, where we started and finished the walk, caught the early evening sun in fine style … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2wEPlRy , 5th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shining a Light on the Past …
It was sun and shade and history galore yesterday, walking from Pitmedden House and visiting Tolquhon Castle on our way …   Some route sign-posting “Sara & John” style added to the fun … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2wK1apN , 5th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (022) Pennan Circular (Aberdeenshire)
This is an enjoyable circular walk from the iconic seaside village of Pennan, nestling under low cliffs on the Banffshire coast. The route ascends through rolling farmland, with fine views all around. The little settlement is world-famous as the fictional village of “Ferness” in the 1983 film Local Hero, starring Burt Lancaster, and has surely the most photographed red telephone box in the world … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2NIMJtd , 2nd September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Hero Re-visited …!
Some of my favourite images from our walk in the Pennan area today, including the most photographed telephone box in the world, courtesy of the film “Local Hero” … 
John’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2NB8ew3 , 1st September, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Horizon …
A sea as blue as the Mediterranean up on the north east coast today … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2NBJ6pa , 1st September, 2018

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