Walking in Aberdeenshire
Just a stone’s throw from the city, Aberdeenshire has a stunning coastline with vast, spectacular sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages.
Inland is fertile, peaceful farmland rising to the moors and reaching the Cairngorms, Britain’s highest and most massive mountain range.
Five of Scotland’s highest mountains are within the Cairngorms National Park and there are 55 summits climbing to over 900 metres. The Park is 4528sq kilometres in area, over twice the size the Lake District and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Visitors can take in the native forests and spectacular rivers and lochs, providing the perfect setting for any avid hill walker.
There are exceptional walking routes across all parts of Aberdeenshire, from cliff-top coastal walks on the North Sea Trail with nearly 20 individual walks to choose from, tranquil treks through Kirkhill Forest and Tyrebagger Woods where visitors can find mature Douglas firs, towering above the forest floor. There are also two circular walks, and links to longer walks on Elrick and Brimmond Hills. The distinctive range of hills that is Bennachie has several tops, the highest of which, Oxen Craig, has a height of 528m (1733 feet), providing some of the most breath-taking panoramic views for visitors. And, dating back to the 1940’s, Aberdeen has had its own official Hill Walking Club which is always keen to welcome new members, your only difficulty will be deciding which route to take!
For some great walks in and around Aberdeen, from a leisurely ramble to something more adventurous, just click this way.
To get some hints and tips on the best places to walk and spot wildlife at anytime of the year, download the Energetic Walking & Wildlife Guide here!
Here's an example of just one of the walking routes you can take in our area, The Deeside Way: