(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)”

(086) Fyvie-Den Wood Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
This is an energetic walk in a variety of woodland habitats in the Den of Rothie, at Fyvie, in rural Aberdeenshire. It is fairly long at over 8km, with an appreciable overall ascent of over 200m. In season, there are numerous opportunities to identify fungi along the way.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(086) Fyvie-Den Wood Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(080) Bin Forest-Ferny Knowe-Queen Tree Trail (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy figure of eight circuit in mature mixed conifer and broad-leaved woodland around the low hills of Ferny Knowe, Clean Hill and Boddum Hill, on the flanks of the Bin Hill near Huntly.

Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(080) Bin Forest-Ferny Knowe-Queen Tree Trail (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)”

(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)”

(035) Pitfichie-River Don Woodlands Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
A mostly easy ramble in the very scenic valley of the River Don, south of the Bennachie range of hills. There is a short section in Craigton Wood where the path is a little overgrown. Paradise Wood is an historic designed landscape, notable for the size and variety of conifers.

Duration: 2.5 hours. Continue reading “(035) Pitfichie-River Don Woodlands Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(034) Craibstone-Elrick and Brimmond Hills Circular (Aberdeen)

Route Summary
This is a walk of two halves. The first section is through a variety of woodland types, with some open views. The second half is mostly through an open landscape with great countryside views as far as the eye can see. The view from Brimmond Hill over Aberdeen is impressive.

Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(034) Craibstone-Elrick and Brimmond Hills Circular (Aberdeen)”

(029) Fyvie Castle-Fyvie Loch-Fyvie Kirk Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
An easy but very enjoyable walk with negligible overall ascent. The focal point is the visually impressive and intact baronial castle, although the landscaped grounds and lake, with walled garden come a close second. The visit to the Old Kirk of Fyvie is interesting.

Duration: up to 3 hours. Continue reading “(029) Fyvie Castle-Fyvie Loch-Fyvie Kirk Circular (Aberdeenshire)”

(027) Aboyne Loch-Mortlich Hill Circular (Aberdeenshire)

Route Summary
The walk enjoys a particularly rewarding section around Aboyne Loch, followed by fine hillside and summit views taking in lower and upper Strathdee. There is a steep ascent to the historically interesting summit. The route is best walked when the bracken has died back!

Duration: up to 4 hours. Continue reading “(027) Aboyne Loch-Mortlich Hill Circular (Aberdeenshire)”