Date/TimeDate(s) - 28/02/2010
Walk DetailsPub Stop?: No O/S Map Sheet No.: 29 Grid Ref. Start: Grid Ref. Finish Walk (Miles): 11 Walk Hours: Bus Time to Walk: Bus Time from Walk: Departure time from walk:
Today’s walk follows an interesting and spectacular part of the Moray Firth coastline with the two former fishing villages of Crovie and Gardenstown (commonly called Gamrie) nestling in bays in the cliffbound coast around Troup Head.
Along the way a number of fences will have to be crossed with little difficulty.
The walk commences on the B.9031 Rosehearty/Macduff road just 1 Km west of the road down to Pennan village at a minor road (NGR 835 655) which leads northwards to a small carpark at Cullykhan Bay. From the carpark head northwestwards towards the headland known as the Lion’s Head and onwards to the trig point at Troup Head. In good visibility the views from here are outstanding, stretching from the Bin of Cullen to the west and eastwards along the coastline towards Fraserburgh. From the trig point continue southwest past Northfield and Crovie farms to eventually descend on a path to the eastern end of Crovie village. Walk westwards towards Gardenstown village and continue along the shore to enter a small ravine where a path climbs up to the old ruin of St, John’s chapel. Turn right (northwestwards) at the chapel and climb upwards (through the line of least resistance) through the gorse and whinbushes to eventually reach a fence which leads towards More Head. Follow the fence and walk basically westwards along the edge of the coast towards Meran Licks, Stocked Head and Head of Garness. Keep to high ground to avoid two ravines on your way towards Cornhill Farm. Cross towards the Royal Tarlair golf course and descend diagonally on an overgrown path on the land side of a fence to the old disused Tarlair swimming pool area. Leave the poolside and deserted buildings and walk westwards past a rock arch on the sea front and continue uphill to the top carpark where the bus will be parked.