Aboyne - Dess Circular

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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, past Aboyne Loch before returning to the start.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Aberdeenshire - Deeside and Glen Tanar


Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Lake/Loch, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
4/29/2021 - Richard Shirreffs

I walked the original route before it was shortened, and have walked most of it again today with a party of 25, omitting just the section that went round the north of the woodland to the north of the ruins of Bonnyside. With this small omission the original route is fine, and should to my mind be reinstated. The only roughish section, which none of my party complained about, was about 400 m from the low point below Bonnyside to the intersection with the path from Queen's Hill. Without the section of the original route to the north of the former railway line, one misses the best of the views of hills such as Mount Keen and Lochnagar. Many of my party commented on the fact that they had never been there before and found it very attractive. Richard Shirreffs

10/4/2020 - Ian Cordiner

The walk has now been updated and shortened to take account of difficulties experienced due to the deterioration of some tracks

9/27/2020 - Colin Young

I can confirm that the track between 23 and 18 is now impenetrable - I did the walk in the opposite direction and though I forced a passage on the basis that I had been through twice before, it was very difficult and extremely tiring with risks of injury from tripping and falling. This is such shame as it is a good walk. Anyone going it the direction suggested would have to turn back after the stepping stones. The walk is also an official diversion from the Deeside Way so perhaps some clearing can be arranged as the bracken is clearly cut in some parts and some gates are in good condition but the one at 22? is ruinous! I have reduced my rating for obvious reasons!

3/22/2018 - 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.

12/17/2017 - 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