Date(s) - 08/03/2015
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Walk Details

Pub Stop?: Yes
O/S Map Sheet No.: 37
Grid Ref. Start: 459987
Grid Ref. Finish 459987
Walk (Miles): 10
Walk Hours: 5
Bus Time to Walk:2
Bus Time from Walk: 1.5
Departure time from walk: 16:00

Walk Notes

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N.B. 9.00am start from Aberdeen.

Please note, the “new” second pick-up point is at the bus stop, at the “West Lodge” gate of the Duthie Park, opposite the Allenvale Cemetery, on Great Southern Road. Our bus will arrive at this pick-up point approx. 5 minutes after leaving the Aberdeen Telecom House.

The walk today takes us into Deeside to commence at Dinnet, a small village almost on the shores of Loch Kinord. Carlos Oldani suggested this walk and your Committee included it on our 2015 Programme.

This walk is a circular one, so members who require a shorter walk – please indicate your intentions with the committee member in charge of the bus.

Two walks are suggested, one is a circular walk around Loch Kinord, the other is a walk along part of the Old Deeside Line with a return to Dinnet by way of the recently refurbished path, along either shore of Loch Kinord.

  1. Loch Kinord circular.

We commence at the carpark in Dinnet (NGR 459 987), where we follow the waymarked signpost W’wards, passing Clarack Loch, towards Loch Kinord. At a gate, NGR 451 989, our route can go clockwise or anti-clockwise around Loch Kinord towards “The Vat Visitor Centre” where there are picnic tables, toilets and a small museum. From the centre, there is a good path which follows the river towards the “Vat”, a vast bowl of pink granite which was scooped out by a river flowing underneath the glaciers that covered this land about 20,000 years ago. It is possible to enter “The Vat” by clambering through a small entrance in the rock wall, but in times of heavy rain, you might get your feet wet. Return to the visitor centre and continue on the path around Loch Kinord to our bus parked at the start point in Dinnet car park. On your way (clock-wise route) around Loch Kinord, one of the islands is actually a Crannog the remains of a hut built on a platform over the water. On the north side of the loch, you will also see a Pictish cross, carved over 1,000 years ago.

Walking distance approx. 8 miles.

  1. The Old Deeside Line, Burn o’ Vat and Loch Kinord.

From the bus, cross the A93 and access the Old Deeside Line walkway. Follow this wide path W’wards through the Muir of Dinnet, passing the “Old Station House” at Cambus o’ May, the “White Suspension Bridge” over the River Dee and the “Cut Away” cottage, on your way to the car park at Turnerhall (NGR 405 980). At this point, cross the A93, and head NE’wards through the forest for about 1.3 miles to arrive at a signpost – approx. NGR 415 997, pointing E’wards towards the Vat Visitor Centre. Take this path, which either gives access to “The Vat” or, directly to the visitor centre. From the centre, cross the B9119, where you can go either clockwise or anti-clockwise around Loch Kinord back to the bus parked at Dinnet.

Walking distance approx. 10 miles.

Bus departs at 4.00pm.

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 Alan Wallace


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