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The beautiful countryside of Aberdeenshire surrounds the city, bursting with opportunities for adventure and scenic walks.
Our skyline is filled with the mountain scenes of Bennachie, Larig Ghru, Cairn Toul, Ben Macdui (to name a few) giving you plenty to tick off your walking list. It doesn’t stop up high; there are plenty of paths and trails waiting for you down below the mountains of Aberdeenshire.
You’re guaranteed that no matter what Aberdeenshire town you are exploring, a country walk will be just around the corner. Take a leisurely stroll along meandering river banks, make steps through captivating forests and tread on exposed paths with a hidden incline to challenge, our countryside is packed with routes of escapism and adventure.
The 41 mile long Deeside way is a popular route which follows the line of the Old Royal Deeside Railway and takes walkers on a scenic route from Aberdeen to Ballater. The journey is broken in to four sections; Aberdeen to Drumoak, Drumoak to Banchory, Banchory to Aboyne and Aboyne to Ballater giving you plenty of stopping points during your walk.
There are treasures to be found on an Aberdeenshire trail too. Scolty Hill is a 45-minute walk through woodland and up-hill across moorlands that leads you to the impressive Scolty Tower. Make your way to the top of the steeple to see stretching views of the forests and mountains that fill Royal Deeside.
If a walk-through history is more to your taste, there are many historic grounds ready to be explored. Haddo House and Fyvie Castle offer majestic spaces that bring heritage, architecture and impressive gardens together in easy to explore locations.
Please always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access code.