(104) Old Logie Loop (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A short walk, with an undemanding overall ascent, in pleasant mixed countryside near Pitcaple, on the banks of the River Ury. The ragged peaks of the nearby Bennachie ranger are a dominant feature of the landscape throughout. There are some interesting historical features.

Duration: 1.5 hours. Continue reading “(104) Old Logie Loop (Aberdeenshire)”

(102) Kemnay-Fetternear-Cot-town Wood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy ramble through broadleaf and pine woods, punctuated by areas of mixed farmland. Fetternear has links to the mediaeval city of Aberdeen and, later, to the Leslie Clan. The walk passes by the ruins of the House of Fetternear, built upon the earlier Bishop’s Palace.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(102) Kemnay-Fetternear-Cot-town Wood Circuit (Aberdeenshire)”

(091) Brindy Hill-Satter Hill-Knock Saul Circuit (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an energetic 9 km hike with a reasonably demanding overall ascent of 333 m. Based on a section of the Gordon Way, there are some marvellous viewpoints along the way, including where a large area of forest has recently been felled.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(091) Brindy Hill-Satter Hill-Knock Saul Circuit (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)”

(042) Core Hill-Mill of Easterton Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
Unusually, this walk starts and finishes on a hilltop, albeit not a very high hill. There is a wonderful panoramic view from the start, progressing to fantastic views of the Bennachie range in the mid-section of the route, from a grassy old road above the Garioch farmlands.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(042) Core Hill-Mill of Easterton Circular (Aberdeenshire)”