Date(s) - 08/01/2017
9:00 am - 7:30 pm

Walk Details

Pub Stop?: N/A
O/S Map Sheet No.: 44 & 45
Grid Ref. Start: 595 940
Grid Ref. Finish 696 955
Walk (Miles): 8
Walk Hours: 4
Bus Time to Walk:1.5 hrs
Bus Time from Walk: 1 hr
Departure time from walk: 2:30

Walk Notes

There will be the usual festive meal following the January walk at the Burnett Arms Hotel, Banchory.

O.S.Maps 44 and 45 (Ballater & Stonehaven).

N.B. 9.00am start from Aberdeen.

The walk today sees your Club to the west of Banchory following a ridge of low hills and woods separating the Dee and Feugh Valleys. Your Club last did this walk in February 2008. This walk is a through one, so members who require a shorter, or different walk – please indicate your intentions with your committee member in charge of the bus.

At the end of this walk, your Club will have a festive meal in the Banchory area.

We commence our walk at the summit of the B976, Aboyne to Strachan road (NGR 595 940). We enter the woods on the east side of the road and pick up a path which climbs NE’wards over the top of Corsedarder Hill (292m), past Balnahard Wood to emerge onto open ground leading to Tom’s Cairn (310m). From this trig point, head E’wards towards Glack’s Hill and continue to the picnic site at the “Shooting Green’s” of Blackhall Forest.

There are many paths through this forest – the choice of route is up to you, but we follow one path which is described below.

Head NE’wards for a short distance before forking right and picking up a path in the trees which climbs up past Red Cairn to reach the trig point at the Hill of Tillylair (248m). Continue onwards to a track junction at (NGR 645 943). Go (E’wards) straight on along the edge of the trees and contour round the Hill of Goauch to gain a track along flattish ground. Follow this all the way, then uphill to the summit of Scolty. On the summit is a tower erected by the business people of Banchory, to the memory of General William Burnett, a local landowner who fought under Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars. Inside the tower is a metallic circular staircase to the top. From the top of the tower, one gets a spectacular view in all directions. Descend from the summit (basically NNE‘wards) on a good path to a gate. Go through the gate (E’wards) to soon reach the car park area, on a good wide path, and onwards past Alton Farm to eventually cross the bridge over the River Dee into Banchory, where our bus will be parked (NGR 696 955).

Walking distance approx. 8 miles

Bus departs from Banchory, after the festive meal at approx. 7.30pm.

In the event of an emergency arising, the person in charge of the outing should be contacted, if possible, before the police are contacted.
Relevant telephone number for Grampian police is 0845 600 5700 or 999.
Committee member in charge today is Frank Kelly

Festive Meal

1 course £10.50, 2 courses £12.50, 3 courses £14.50

Scotch Broth, Chef’s Pate, Prawn Cocktail
Roast Beef, Gammon, Chicken
Sticky Toffee Pudding & Ice Cream, Apple & Blackberry Crumble, Homemade Custard & Ice Cream, White & Dark Chocolate Mousse in a Chocolate Dome on a Spicy Orange Sauce
On the outward journey you will be asked to make your choice of Starters & Desserts as we need to let the hotel know the numbers.


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