Date/Time

Date(s) - 29/03/2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Walk Details

Pub Stop?: No
O/S Map Sheet No.: 37
Grid Ref. Start: 458124
Grid Ref. Finish 480045
Walk (Miles): 9
Walk Hours: 4.5
Bus Time to Walk:1.5 hrs
Bus Time from Walk: 1.5 hrs
Departure time from walk: 3:30 pm


Walk Notes

Bus departs Aberdeen at 9.00 am.

O.S. Map 37 – Strathdon & Alford

This walk starts at Milltown of Towie & heads Southwards over the hill at Pressendye & onwards towards the finishing point at Tarland.

From the start at NJ 458 124 follow the road Southwards, ignoring the 1st road off to the left but take the 2nd turn off at NJ 458 124 which leads to Haughton. After passing Haughton continue along the road in a South Easterly direction for about 500m & then take the path leading off to the left at NJ 463 116 & head up the ridge in a South Easterly direction to Craigengell Hill, passing grouse butts on the way to Craiglea Hill (523m). At the top of Craiglea Hill go east for about 200m, ignoring the 1st track off to the right (South) & take the next turnoff to the right & head South East for about 200m to gain another track coming in from the North. Follow this track Southwards to gain the summit of The Socach (596m) & from there the track bends South Eastwards along a ridge to reach the top of Pressendye (619m). From the top head Southwards past grouse butts to reach another track coming in from the North. Follow this track Southwards passing the western flanks of Pittenderich (508m). At NJ 491 074 take the right hand fork & follow the track which heads firstly North Westerly for a short distance before it turns to head South Westerly downhill through the trees for 200m or so & then turns North West again for 100m or so before joining a track/minor road at NJ 482 068 approx. This track/road serves Oldmill, Ranna & Douneside. Follow this track/road SouthWest, ignoring the road on left leading to Ranna, until it curves round in a South Easterly direction to reach Douneside. From there head Southwards until the junction at NJ 482 052 where the road to the right should be taken & then head Southwards into Tarland where the bus will be waiting at NJ 480 045. Walking distance approx. 8 miles/13km.

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Those wishing a shorter, low level walk could take in the waymarked walk to Tomnaverie Stone Circle and Drummy Wood. This walk is also on the Walkhighlands website where full details can be obtained. It starts in The Square in Tarland & there is an information board at the East end of the Square with full details of this walk. From The Square turn right along Bridge Street, go over the bridge where there is a signpost for the walk near a stone sculpture which marks the start. There is a walker’s path on the left (east side) parallel to the main road heading South (B9119). Follow this path South to Whitely where it crosses the field to another path parallel to the minor road (B9094) which goes East. Follow this path East & observe the signposts until you reach the stone circle which is to the South of the road. From the stone circle head Southwest around some buildings, through trees & cross the access road. Continue in a Westerly direction until Drummy Wood is reached. Follow the trail through the woods in a northly direction until the unmarked road is reached & on into Tarland. Walking distance approx. 3 miles/5km

Map of Short Walk to Tomnaverie Stone Circle etc.

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Bus departs Tarland for Aberdeen at 3.30 pm

The above notes are for guidance only and are intended as an aid to be used along with a map and compass and/or a GPS device.

In the event of an emergency arising, the person in charge today should be notified, if possible, before the emergency services are contacted on 999.

The Committee Member in charge of today’s walk is Gilbert McCurdy. Mobile No. 07807240817