Area: Aberdeenshire

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The Category Aberdeenshire is a subset of Grampian.

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The Category City of Aberdeen is a subset of Aberdeenshire.

 

The following City of Aberdeen Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Aberdeen U3A

- Medal Routes - Aberdeen City

*Aberdeen City Council
Overview

The work of the Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service - including Links to a range of walks and walking related activities around and about Aberdeen.

*Aberdeen Hillwalking Club
Overview

'The Club is one of the oldest in the Aberdeen area, being formed in the 1940s by staff of the then nationalised telephone service.  The Club has a very broad membership from all walks of life and is open for anyone to join. – join the club and make new friends – enjoy the freedom of the Scottish Highlands – come along to a selection of social events throughout the year – travel in comfort in a luxury coach – be involved and suggest your favourite walks on line ...'

*Aberdeenshire Council
Overview

Includes information about Tourist Trails, Ranger Service, Country Parks, Parks and Open Spaces.

See also

Paths and Outdoor Access [Aberdeenshire Council]

*Ballater Walking Festival
Overview

'Caters for a wide range of walking abilities and features 18 walks throughout the Cairngorms in addition to social events.' Usually held May.

*BOOTS Oldmeldrum Hillwalkers
Overview

'BOOTS offers people living in the Aberdeenshire area and their friends and visitors the means of organising access to the hills in the company of others with a similar interest in hillwalking.'

*Cruickshank Botanic Garden
Size (acreage)11
Overview

'This beautiful and peaceful 11 acre Garden offers year round interest to visitors. It has shrub borders, a rock and water garden, sunken garden, rose garden, herbaceous border and an arboretum, and houses a nationally important collection of over 2500 labelled plants.'

Description from

University of Aberdeen

*Ellon Hillwalking Club
Overview

'The Club was started by local families going walking together; this is reflected in the logo. Still today the walks are achievable by any reasonably fit person ...'

*Forests around Aberdeen
Overview

'Every city needs to breathe, and Aberdeen’s lucky to have four great forests right on the doorstep. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re looking for a quiet green place for a run among the trees, somewhere for children to play or some exciting mountain biking'

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Forestry and Land Scotland

*Forvie National Nature Reserve
Overview

'From Waterside you can follow the Dune Trail to explore the Ythan estuary, the dunes and beach ... From the Visitor Centre the Heath Trail takes you round the northern section of the Reserve ... The wonderful hidden Hackley Bay makes an enjoyable short extension to either of the two way marked trails ... The routes can be combined to create a much longer route for those looking for a full day's walk.'

*Granite City Hillwalkers
Overview

'We are an informal but dedicated group of hill walkers of all abilities, backgrounds, ages, etc based in and around Aberdeen.'

*Mar Lodge Estate
Size (acreage)72500
Overview

Occupies nearly 7% of the Cairngorms National Park, covers some of the most remote and scenic wild land in Scotland, including four of the five highest mountains in the UK. Within its boundaries are fine examples of classic features of a Highland landscape: remnants of the ancient Caledonian pine forest, heather moorland, juniper scrub and a part of the high Cairngorm plateau. Fifteen of the Trust's 46 Munros can be found in the Cairngorms around Mar Lodge.'

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National Trust for Scotland

*Stonehaven Mountaineering & Hillwalking Club
Overview

'The Club was formed in 1978 and there are currently about 40 members. We are a North East based mountaineering and hillwalking club in Scotland. We try and meet up on a regular basis, occasionally on Thursday nights at the Royal Hotel Stonehaven and every other weekend ... '

*Visit Banchory
Overview

'There are hundreds of miles of tracks and trails offering something for everyone, from the low level Old Deeside Line which follows the route of the Old Deeside Railway Line, to more strenuous walks including the wonderful Glen Dye Walk to Clachnaben Summit.'

*Visit Scotland - Aberdeen City and Shire
Overview

'From magnificent mountains in the Cairngorms National Park to beautiful beaches and coastlines, Aberdeen City and Shire is a vast area just waiting to be discovered. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the stunning region on foot, from its jaw-dropping scenery, wonderful wildlife and fascinating history.'

Description from

VisitScotland

*Walkhighlands - Lower Deeside, Stonehaven and the Mearns
Overview

'The more southerly parts of Aberdeenshire have a wide variety of scenery. The upper parts of Deeside are covered in our Cairngorms National Park section, but lower Deeside too has some fine woodland scenery and lower hills, stretching down from Aboyne through Banchory to reach the very edge of Aberdeen. The area is packed out with forest and riverside walks. The high Cairn o'Mount road offers fabulous views before it descends to link with Fettercairn and the more lowland Mearns ...'

Description from

Walkhighlands

Aberdeen Core Paths
Overview

'The vision for Aberdeen's Core Paths Plan is to "form a complete paths network throughout the City, encouraging healthy and sustainable access opportunities for all". The Core Paths Plan will form a key part of outdoor access provision and will help to support wider national, regional and local policy objectives on health, recreation, education, economic development, social inclusion, community development, sustainable transport and tourism.'

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Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen Heritage Trails
Overview

'The trails explore Aberdeen's cultural and natural heritage, improve access to the countryside, the urban area and promote walking for health.'

Balmoral Ranger Guided Walks
Overview

'When Balmoral is open to the Public the Ranger Service are pleased to offer a series of guided walks. Each Wednesday afternoon during April, May, June and July they provide a guided woodland walk, which starts from the Carriage Hall Exhibition at 2.00 p.m.'

Description from

Balmoral Estates

Braemar Walks
Overview

'Six Walks you should do while in Braemar ... '

Description from

Visit Braemar

Capel Mounth Path
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'This old route is marked as "Mounth Capell" on the Gough Map, which has been dated to between 1355 and 1366. This would have been a very convenient pass between Glen Muick and the Braes of Angus and may have been a good deal used in the days when the district was more populated.'

Description from

Heritage Paths

City of Aberdeen Walks
Overview

Ten or so walks around and about Aberdeen.

Description from

Walkhighlands

Deeside Way
Distance (miles)41
Overview

'Path running from near the centre of Aberdeen, oil capital of Europe, to Ballater, in the Cairngorms National Park, famous for its Victorian Heritage and links to Balmoral Castle.'

Ellon Circular Route
Distance (miles)4
Overview

'The fast-growing town of Ellon now has its own circular walk enabling visitors and residents to appreciate the town's unrivalled setting by the banks of the Ythan.'

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Aberdeenshire Council

Formartine and Buchan Way
Distance (miles)53
Overview

'The pathway uses the former railway line linking from Dyce, on the edge of Aberdeen in the south, to the village of Maud where it splits into two routes; eastwards to Peterhead and northwards to Fraserburgh.'

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Aberdeenshire Council

Gordon Way Trail
Distance (miles)12
Overview

'This challenging long distance route runs from the Bennachie Centre to Suie in the west. Allow a day to complete the full trail.'

Description from

Wikipedia

See also

The Gordon Way [Aberdeenshire Council]

Hill of Fare Walk
Distance (miles)8
Overview

'Ascent of a low hill ... Suitable for fit walkers of all ages. A degree of navigational skill is required in the woods so remember to pack a map and compass.'

Description from

WalkScotland

Mount Keen Walk
Distance (miles)23
Overview

Drove road from the Bridge of Muick outside Ballater to to the end of the public road at Invermark, 5km from Tarfside: 'Queen Victoria and Prince Albert crossed by Mount Keen in 1861. A well commemorates the spot where they rested after riding from Deeside, and it bears the following couplet: "Rest, Traveller, on this lonely green, and drink, and pray for Scotland's Queen"''

Description from

Heritage Paths

Royal Deeside Walks
Overview

'Royal Deeside is a walker's paradise. A full description of all the walks on offer would require a substantial document. Numerous books are available and the Upper Deeside Access Trust (UDAT) [now evolved into the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland] publishes very attractive maps detailing some of the easier walks and cycle rides that start at Braemar and Ballater.' Note the Ballater Walking Festival.

Scolty Woodland Park Trails
Overview

'Just five minutes from bustling Banchory lies Scolty Hill, flanked with quiet woodlands and topped by the iconic Scolty Tower ...'

Description from

Forestry and Land Scotland

St Duthac's Way [Aberdeenshire]
Distance (miles)91
Overview

'The route from Aberdeen to St Andrews forms the second part of an expanded route which starts at Tain (Gaelic: Baile Dubhthaich, "Duthac's town"), the shrine of St Duthac there being another former pilgrimage destination of some importance, hence St Duthac's Way.'

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The Way of St. Andrews

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