(114) Cambus O’May-5 Bridges Pinewood Trail (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a short and easy walk through pinewoods, suitable for all abilities, with minimal overall ascent. The winding trail crosses the tumbling Queel Burn 5 times and passes by 2 pretty lochans, where you will see dragonflies, damselflies and rare butterflies in Summer.

Duration: 1.75 hours. Continue reading “(114) Cambus O’May-5 Bridges Pinewood Trail (Aberdeenshire)”

(111) Finzean-Tom’s Cairn Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a very scenic half-day hiking excursion in a beautiful area of West Aberdeenshire, mostly through mature pine forest and on open hillside. Although classed as a “low hill”, the panoramic views from the top of Tom’s Cairn on a clear day are especially breath-taking.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(111) Finzean-Tom’s Cairn Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(109) Aboyne Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is a easy walk, suitable for walkers of all abilities. The varied route mixes village scenes with good riverbank views; mature pine woodland sections; open parkland with a fine aspect towards Aboyne Castle; and, a captivating outlook over Aboyne Loch from the golf course.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(109) Aboyne Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”

(106) Hill of Fare Return (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An accessible and uncomplicated walk in pine forest and heather moorland, with wonderful views unfolding of the surrounding Deeside and Donside countryside. The pretty little lochans near the summit are a delightful added extra.

Duration: 2.25 hours. Continue reading “(106) Hill of Fare Return (Aberdeenshire)”

(103) Kincardine O’Neil-Hill of Dess Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Walking from an historic Deeside village, the route is mainly through mixed open farmland. From the higher points on the route there are fine views down to the Dee Valley, and of some prominent hilltops, principally Clachnaben, Mt. Battock, Mt. Keen, and Mortlich.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(103) Kincardine O’Neil-Hill of Dess Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(101) Belwade Farm Ramble (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A varied and interesting walk that will be especially suitable for anyone looking for a short but invigorating country ramble in the scenic natural environment of Deeside. Belwade Farm have provided information boards about horse welfare at various points on the route.

Duration: 1.5 hours. Continue reading “(101) Belwade Farm Ramble (Aberdeenshire)”

(097) Tarland-Muirton Wood-Culsh Earth House Loop (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A fairly easy ramble in the Howe of Cromar, well known for its beautiful rolling patchwork of fields and woodlands set against a mountain backdrop to the West. The key historical point of interest on the route is the ancient “souterrain” known as the Culsh Earth House.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(097) Tarland-Muirton Wood-Culsh Earth House Loop (Aberdeenshire)”

(093) Craiglich Hill (Howe of Cromar) (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Over a relatively short distance, this is a fine hill-walk through mixed woodland, pine forest and heather moors. The views over the Howe of Cromar to the Cairngorms are particularly stunning, but there are wonderful perspectives all around Deeside and Aberdeenshire to enjoy.

Duration: 2.75 hours. Continue reading “(093) Craiglich Hill (Howe of Cromar) (Aberdeenshire)”

(092) Potarch Bridge-Craigmore Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A relatively gentle forest walk over a tranquil wooded hillside in the Deeside valley. The attractive arched Potarch Bridge at the start/end of the walk makes for a very scenic outlook over the River Dee and surrounding countryside.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(092) Potarch Bridge-Craigmore Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(090) Water of Tanar-Knockie Hill-Queen’s Road (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A hugely enjoyable little hike, with gentle ascents, in the varied and visually stimulating special natural environment around the braes of Glen Tanar, taking in the pretty riverside, tranquil lochs, old pine forest, and open farmland.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(090) Water of Tanar-Knockie Hill-Queen’s Road (Aberdeenshire)”