Date(s) - 07/01/2024
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Walk Details

Pub Stop?: N/A
O/S Map Sheet No.: 30
Grid Ref. Start: 832 399
Grid Ref. Finish 850 334
Walk (Miles): 9
Walk Hours: 4.5
Bus Time to Walk:1.5 hrs
Bus Time from Walk: 1 hr
Departure time from walk: 3:00 pm

Walk Notes

AHWC Gight Woods to Formartine Visitor Centre 7th January 2024 O/S

Map 30 (Fraserburgh) Bus departs Aberdeen at 9.00am.

Today’s walk starts near Methlick where we will visit Gight Castle and travel along part of the River Ythan. The Castle is a ruin but was built in 1560 and is associated with the dynasty of wild Gordons from whom was descended Lord Byron. This family’s story from first to last was crowded with “murder and sudden death”. Walk options available are;

1) From the bus at the small car park (NGR832399) head South on a forestry track through Badiebath Wood towards Gight Castle. Go through a gate at the Castle and after about 200m go right upwards on steps to arrive at Gight Woods. Follow the path westwards and eventually downhill to reach Otter Bridge (NGR 819389). Cross the bridge and turn right, then immediately left at NGR820389 and in about 100m, reach a good forestry track which is taken to pass by the Braes of Gight and Wood of Wardford before heading towards Methlick. On reaching Methlick, head southwards on a track following the B9005 road, to reach a gate (NGR871360). Go through this gate entering Gillha Wood and head towards Haddo House on a tarred road. Pass Haddo House , (NGR867348), and carry straight on to NGR864343, then veer left until NGR865341. Continue on the path until NGR864337 then walk straight ahead and go through a gate at Formartine Lake (or Keithfield Lake) NGR855335.Keep the loch on your left, passing near Mains of Kiethfield and the Keepers Cottage (NGR851334) towards the Formartine Visitor Centre where our bus will be parked (NGR850334). Distance = 9 miles (14.5 Kms.)

Total distance: 14345 m
Max elevation: 70 m
Min elevation: 21 m
Download file: Gight to Formartime V C 3 Dec 2023 16_59_03.gpx

. 2) From the small car park (NGR832399) head South until (NGR832396) then turn left through the woods until (NGR841394), Turn right and cross the Waterloo Bridge over the River Ythan and join Route 1 above at (NGR840392) into Methlick. Continue following Route1 as above to reach the Formartine Visitor Centre. Distance = 6 miles (10Kms)

Total distance: 10589 m
Max elevation: 68 m
Min elevation: 21 m
Download file: t283915500_gight woods to formartine vc 2.gpx

3) From Methlick car park (NGR857373) follow Route 1 as above. Distance = 4 miles (7Kms) Bus departs for our Festive Meal at Cock & Bull, Balmedie at 3.00pm. The above notes are for guidance only and are intended as an aid to be used along with a map and compass and/or GPS devise with O/S maps. In the event of an emergency, the person in charge of the bus today should be notified if possible before the emergency services are contacted on 999. Committee member in charge of today’s walk is Frank Kelly Mobile no. 07821631362.

Meal menu


Soup of the Day(v) With Warm bread

Black pudding bon bons With cock and bull brown sauce

Chicken Liver parfait With Toasted bread


Sunday Roast

Choice of the days Roast With all the trimmings

Peterhead Landed Haddock & chips

Applewood Mac “n” Cheese(v)

Served with fries


Cock & Bull Sticky Toffee Pudding (v)  Served with Mackies Vanilla Ice-Cream

Apple & Rhubarb Crumble(v). Topped with Mackies Vanilla Ice-cream

Mackies Ice-Cream (v)

2 course £24

3 course £30

Tea and coffee not included


Online bookings are closed for this event. Please contact Gilbert to find out if there are spaces available.