(087) Meikle Tap (Hill of Fare) Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Close to Westhill and Banchory, this is an accessible walk in open conifer forest and heather moorland, easily accomplished in a half-day excursion. The ascent to the top is gradual, whilst the views from the top are wonderful. A good hill-walk for walkers of all abilities.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(087) Meikle Tap (Hill of Fare) Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

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(084) Torphins – “Netherlands” Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An enjoyable country ramble in Mid-Deeside, characterised by rolling fertile farmland, upland pine forests and heather hilltops. The route is clear, apart from a short section on an overgrown old road, and the ascents are gradual. There are wonderful views throughout the walk.

Duration: 3.25 hours. Continue reading “(084) Torphins – “Netherlands” Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(083) Lumphanan-Tullochvenus Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
After an initial section largely enclosed in mixed woodland, most of the route is characterised by wide open views, near and far. The 200 m+ ascent over Glenshalg Hill is gradual, with no steep slopes to negotiate. All told, a very scenic and enjoyable little hike.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(083) Lumphanan-Tullochvenus Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(076) Dinnet-Loch Kinord-Burn O’Vat Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A gently undulating walk in the pine and birch woods of the National Nature Reserve encircling Kinord Loch. Mid-way, the route diverts to the memorable gorge at Burn O’Vat. There are also interesting insights into the history of human habitation in the Dinnet area.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(076) Dinnet-Loch Kinord-Burn O’Vat Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(075) Braemar-Creag Choinnich Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An invigorating climb through mature pines to the summit of Creag Choinnich, overlooking Braemar, is rewarded by a fine array of mountain views. The route then drops lower to encircle the hill, while still offering some enchanting outlooks, particularly of the upper Dee Valley.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(075) Braemar-Creag Choinnich Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(072) Ballater Bridges-Knock Castle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A little longer than our normal limit of 10 km, the overall ascent of 180 m is barely noticeable, making for an essentially gentle stroll in the scenic Dee Valley near Ballater. The diversion to Knock Castle is rewarded by great views and an interesting old story.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(072) Ballater Bridges-Knock Castle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(066) Tarland-Knockargerty Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An enjoyable excursion into the pretty countryside around Tarland, between Donside and Deeside. The route takes a gradual, gentle ascent to the top of Knockargerty Hill where there are exhilarating panoramic views. The sites of two ancient monuments are visited along the way.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(066) Tarland-Knockargerty Hill Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(056) Tarland-Tomnaverie Stone Circle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
The walk, in a figure of 8 loop, at first encircles the pretty Tarland golf course before setting out for the evocative Tomnaverie stone circle, where the panoramic views are even more breath-taking. The return leg, through a large mature woodland makes for very pleasant walking.

Duration: 3 hours. Continue reading “(056) Tarland-Tomnaverie Stone Circle Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(051) Kincardine O’Neil-Dess Waterfall Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an undemanding walk that rewards with a visit to the beautiful waterfall in a wooded glade on the Water of Dess. The walk environment, from an historic Deeside village, mixes open farmland with mature pine forest. There are good views over Strathdee towards Banchory.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(051) Kincardine O’Neil-Dess Waterfall Circular (Aberdeenshire)”