(143) Corrie Hill-Gordon Way-Black Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An energetic upland walk on grassy woodland paths and open moorland with a reasonably demanding overall ascent of 300 m. There are wide-ranging views from the summit of Black Hill, at the quieter, less-visited western end of the Bennachie range.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(143) Corrie Hill-Gordon Way-Black Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(065) Craigshannoch-Old Turnpike Road Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An excellent half-day hill walk incorporating a good mix of pine forest, heather moorland and farmland environments. Along the way there are lots of opportunities to rub shoulders with the history and myth associated with the Bennachie range.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(065) Craigshannoch-Old Turnpike Road Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(047) Back o’Bennachie-Oxen Craig-Watch Craig Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
The first half of this walk involves an unrelenting ascent on well-maintained paths though pine forest and then heather moorland to the peak of Oxen Craig. The traverse to Watch Craig and return leg, in the lee of Hummell Craig, are on less well-known paths. Great hilltop views.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(047) Back o’Bennachie-Oxen Craig-Watch Craig Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(032) Millstone Hill-Heather Brig-Bennachie Forest Loop (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
In our terms, at 12 km, this is a long walk, with almost 500 m of overall ascent. However, the slopes encountered are generally gradual in nature. The views from the summit of Millstone Hill are tremendous, and the peaceful mature forest environment is also very satisfying.

Duration: 4 hours. Continue reading “(032) Millstone Hill-Heather Brig-Bennachie Forest Loop (Aberdeenshire)”

(025) Bennachie-Heather Brig-Mither Tap-Turnpike Road (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a great hill and forest walk at the tougher end of our range, at just over 9 km and with almost 400 m overall ascent. Despite its modest height, the Mither Tap rewards the walker with stunning panoramic views. The history of the place is also fascinating and diverse.

Duration: 4 hours. Continue reading “(025) Bennachie-Heather Brig-Mither Tap-Turnpike Road (Aberdeenshire)”