Strathdon (Bellabeg) to Lost Art Gallery

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After leaving the car park the walk heads along a narrow, tarred road past Lost Farm. (The signpost for this, used to simply say 'Lost', but has been a frequent target of souvenir hunters, so it may literally be lost or say 'Lost Farm'). The route then follows farm tracks past rolling fields on one side and woodland on the other. After crossing a bridge, the walk continues by a small stream for a short while, before entering woodland and eventually reaching what must be the most remote art gallery in the country.

Part of the route is next retraced, then after another woodland section, rises and passes through a field from which good views of the surrounding countryside can be seen. This is followed by a gradual descent to the main road. After crossing the road it follows an old turnpike road and bridge before gradually rising again. This provides good views over the River Don and an old motte before returning to the car park.

For those interested in more ancient signs of the history, the area surrounding the motte or Doune of Invernochty can be reached from the car park. The Doune was an important stronghold. It is an oval-shaped mound of residual mass of fluvial gravel. Surrounded by a deep ditch, the summit has remains of a curtain-shaped wall 1.8m thick with an entrance to the south. In the wall are remains of a Norman chapel which served as a parish church until the mid-17th Century, a unique piece of Norman military engineering.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Aberdeenshire - Donside


Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
8/25/2020 - Briony Jones

As mainly on good tracks and minor roads excellent walk for families and dogs. Other than pheasants we didn't meet any not-fenced in livestock. Very pleasant, easy walk with no difficult stretches, and the Lost Art Gallery makes a nice lunch stop (although they only provide food for the soul).

8/25/2020 - Briony Jones

At 15- it is easier to go through the gate in the fence, and the stile at the other end is missing, but there is a gate The area between these two points is currently being used as a pheasantry - worth warning if you have a dog with you. At 16 the seat has gone - so it's easiest to carry on until you meet the track and turn left down it (only a few hundred more feet)

10/5/2010 - Ian Cordiner

A further update was made in May 2010

10/29/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thanks to Morley Sewell for his updates October 2008.

5/14/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

All the fallen trees have now been cleared and this walk guide was updated May 2008.