|Leith Hall Gardens||2 miles (2.5 km)||Explore the mixed woodland and open parkland surrounding the 17th century Leith Hall in Aberdeenshire. There are a number of walking trails to following including the Pond Walk, the Kirkhill Trail, the Craigfall Trail and the Village Linking Path. View Full Details>>|
|Loch of Skene||1 miles (1 km)||This large freshwater loch is located near Dunecht and Kirkton of Skene in Aberdeenshire. It's a very picturesque area with the loch surrounded by attractive woodland and reedbeds. It's great for wildlife too with concentrations of wildfowl in autumn and winter in particular greylag geese, goldeneye ducks and pink-footed geese. Common gulls and otters are also found on the loch. View Full Details>>|
|Haughton Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a short stroll around the pretty Haughton Country Park in Alford, Aberdeenshire. Highlights in the park include a sequence of peaceful woodland trails and a lovely riverside walking path along the River Don which runs along the north eastern edge of the park. This area also contains a wildflower meadow and the grand Haughton House mansion. There are also wide grassy lawns perfect for a picnic.|
The park is located about twenty five miles west of the City of Aberdeen. Just to the south of the park is the Alford Valley Narrow Gauge Railway where you can catch a steam train on the first Sunday of each month. View Full Details>>
|Haddo Country Park||5 miles (8.5 km)||Explore the beautiful estate of Haddo House on this lovely walk in Aberdeenshire. A number of footpaths will take you around the 100 hectare grounds where you will find a formal terrace garden, lakes, monuments, woodland and a deer park. View Full Details>>|
|Aden Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Explore 230 acres of parkland in this beautiful country park in the heart of Buchan. Scenery in the park includes peaceful woodland, a lake and a Victorian arboretum. There are also farm buildings built around 1800, a ruined mansion house and a coach house built in 1832 which now houses the award winning Aberdeenshire Farming Museum. |
In the park there are number of well-maintained tracks perfect for an easy stroll or a safe family cycle ride. Trails include:
The Children's Trail - a short family trail visiting various sites of interest in Aden.
Woodland Walk Trail - a longer trail of about 2.5 miles visiting the Victorian Arboretum, Ice House, North Lodge, Lake, and SANDS garden.
Tree Trail - Enjoy conifer and broadleaf trees with descriptions on this short 1 mile trail.
The Formartine and Buchan Way also passes through the park so there is scope for continuing your outing along this popular trail.
Just to the north of the park you will find the lovely Pitfour Lake. The lake has good walking trails along the water and through the surrounding woodland.
The park is located in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire about 8 miles east of Peterhead. View Full Details>>
|Pitfour Lake||2 miles (2.7 km)||This beautiful lake in Aberdeenshire has some good walking trails running along the water and through the surrounding woodland. The lake is located on the Pitfour Estate in Mintlaw. You could walk from the village or park in the parking area just off the A590. From here you can esily pick up the trails through the woodland to the lakeside. It's a peaceful spot with lovely views over the lake to the surrounding countryside.|
It's easy to extend your walk by heading south and visiting Aden Country Park. Here you'll find 230 acres of parkland with peaceful woodland, a lake and a Victorian arboretum.
The long distance Formartine and Buchan Way runs just to the south of the lake. Pick this up and head west and you can visit Deer Abbey. It's less than a mile away and contains the fascinating ruins of a Cistercian monastery founded in 1219. View Full Details>>
|Gordon Way||11 miles (18 km)||Explore the Bennachie range in Aberdeenshire on this challenging walk. The route starts at the Bennachie Centre and heads west through Bennachie Forest, past Oxen Craig (the highest of the range) to Suie in the west. The views from the Bennachie ridge are stunning. |
The walk is waymarked with a black and white logo.
To climb to the two highest points in the range try our Bennachie Circular Walk which starts from the visitor centre. View Full Details>>
|Formartine and Buchan Way||53 miles (86 km)||A super off road cycling and walking trail through Aberdeenshire following a dismantled railway line. The route runs from Dyce to Fraserburgh with an optional section to Peterhead. Highlights on the route include Aden Country Park where you will find the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, forest walks and a ruined country house. The path also passes the peaceful Pitfour Lake, the 13th century ruined abbey at Deer Abbey (see video), the Strichen White Horse and the ancient Strichen Stone Circle.|
The route is waymarked with the letters F & BW on a red railway logo. View Full Details>>
|Bennachie Walks||6 miles (9 km)||Explore the Bennachie Forest and the Bennachie Hills on a series of fine walking trails. This circular walk climbs to the two highest peaks in the range where you can enjoy some fabulous views over Aberdeenshire.
Starting at the car park and visitor centre follow trails north west to Mither Tap. It's a challenging climb to the summit which includes an interesting Iron Age Hillfort and stands at a height of 518m (1699ft).
Just to the west you will find the high point of the range at Oxen Craig. The peak here is 528 metres (1,732 ft) and includes a Summit Indicator which shows all the hills you can see from the viewpoint.
After taking in the views the route descends southwards to the Gordon Way trail. You then follow woodland trails back to the car park.
The area is also great for wildlife spotting. Look out for red squirrels, siskins, crossbills, buzzards, red grouse and longtailed tit. View Full Details>>
|Kirkhill Forest||7 miles (11.2 km)||This forest near Aberdeen has some good walking paths and mountain bike trails to try. There's also a series of hills to climb with great views over the surrounding area.|
You can start your exercise from the car park at the south eastern corner of the forest, just off the A96. Head west and then north and you can climb to Tyrebagger Hill at a height of 306m. On the top of the hill you will find a viewing tower with a spiral stairway. Climb to the top for fine, far reaching views over Aberdeenshire.
From Tyrebagger Hill you continue to the Hill of Marcus before descending to easier woodland trails.
Use the open street map link below to see the mtb trails mapped out. View Full Details>>