(152) Inverbervie-Gourdon-Bikmane Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a varied coastal walk with interesting historical associations. The outward leg is an easy stroll along the flat rocky foreshore between the neighbouring settlements of Inverbervie and Gourdon, while the return section ascends onto a steep hillside with fine, open views.

Duration: 3 hours.

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(112) Rosehearty-Mounthooly Doocot-Pitsligo Castle (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a relatively easy walk, with a gradual ascent into the countryside overlooking Rosehearty. Before heading inland, the route kicks off at the old harbour and samples a section of the coastal path. There are interesting visits to historical sites along the way.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(112) Rosehearty-Mounthooly Doocot-Pitsligo Castle (Aberdeenshire)”

(108) Montrose-Scurdie Ness Circuit (Angus)

Route Summary
A good coastal walk with fine views over the Port of Montrose and the mouth of the River South Esk. Scurdie Ness lighthouse is in an attractive setting. Cattle are typically encountered at one point, so consider if the complete circular route is suitable for you and your family.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(108) Montrose-Scurdie Ness Circuit (Angus)”

(098) Banff-Macduff Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This gentle stroll makes for an interesting exploration of the historic coastal towns of Banff and Macduff. There are fine views at several points on the route, punctuated by information boards with lots of fascinating facts about the development of the two settlements.

Duration: 3.25 hours. Continue reading “(098) Banff-Macduff Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”

(094) Spey Bay-Garmouth-Kingston Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
A varied and interesting walk that matches sweeping coastal perspectives and crashing pebble beaches with rural farmland, a racing river, and reedy backwaters. The Spey Viaduct makes for an awe-inspiring crossing between the old Moray villages of Spey Bay, Garmouth and Kingston.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(094) Spey Bay-Garmouth-Kingston Circuit (Moray)”

(089) Buckie-Portgordon-Gollachy Circuit (Moray)

Route Summary
Although just over 9 km in length, this is an easy coastal hike with a modest overall ascent. The sheltered position on the Moray Firth will often make for tranquil conditions, and on clear days the hills of Caithness, far away in the North of Scotland, are readily identified.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(089) Buckie-Portgordon-Gollachy Circuit (Moray)”

(085) St Ninian’s Isle Circuit (Shetland)

Route Summary
This walk will provide unforgettable images, typical of the beaches, cliffs and coastal scenery found in the Shetland Isles. The two-sided “tombolo” beach connecting to the island is particularly breath-taking. Although not a long walk, there are lots of ups and downs.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(085) St Ninian’s Isle Circuit (Shetland)”

(082) Cullen-Logie Head-Crannoch Wood Circular (Moray)

Route Summary
With lots of ups and downs, this is an energetic hike that takes in the picturesque charm of an historic coastal village, wonderful coastal scenery, farmland sweeping down to the cliff-tops, and mature pine woodland. A couple of sections are steep, and may not suit all walkers.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(082) Cullen-Logie Head-Crannoch Wood Circular (Moray)”

(073) Crawton Bay-RSPB Fowlsheugh Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This short cliff-top walk is nonetheless a special experience, especially in the late spring and summer seabird breeding season when 130,000 guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars and puffins return from a winter spent at sea to congregate on 60 m high cliffs.

Duration: 1.5 hours. Continue reading “(073) Crawton Bay-RSPB Fowlsheugh Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(063) Cullen Bay and Portknockie Circular (Moray)

Route Summary
A great coastal walk taking in old fishing villages and historical buildings alongside the natural beauty of a wide sandy bay and striking rock formations. The route alternates between sea and cliff-top level with a final section in landscaped woodland and farmland.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(063) Cullen Bay and Portknockie Circular (Moray)”