Aboyne, Dess and Mortlich Hill

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Starting in the station square in the village of Aboyne, this walk goes through a woodland path before opening out into pastoral land of a horse sanctuary alongside a stream. After a stretch on a quiet tarred road the walk follows part of the old Deeside railway line, before rising along a track leading through heather moorland. This then leads to an alpine-like section before rising steeply to the top of Mortlich Hill. The return descends over rough pasture before going through another wooded area. This then leads past Aboyne Loch and golf course, before returning to the start. For those not wishing the steep climb to the top of Mortlich, there are two options to make this an easier walk with less climbing.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Aberdeenshire - Deeside and Glen Tanar


Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
22/03/2018 - Eva Christie

In March 2018 we could not find the track across Mortlich Hill due to the broom and fencing. We had previously tried in summer and the bracken was head height.

17/12/2017 - Colin Young

We did this walk in December 2017 in the reverse direction to get the level bit and a visit to the Horse sanctuary café in at the end. Unfortunately the paths on Mortlich hill are getting very overgrown as the walk does not seem to be used much. The broom is head height in some parts and you need to force a way through. If walked in summer the path would be almost obscured by bracken. It is a good walk nonetheless