Date(s) - 03/04/2016
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Walk Details

Pub Stop?: No
O/S Map Sheet No.: 30
Grid Ref. Start: 945553
Grid Ref. Finish 000662
Walk (Miles): 11
Walk Hours: 5.5
Bus Time to Walk:1.5 hrs
Bus Time from Walk: 1 hr
Departure time from walk: 3:30 p.m.

Walk Notes

Please note the bus fares have been increased by £1 for the current year. Club Member’s fare is £11 & Non-Member’s fare is £16.  It would be appreciated if you would bring along the exact fare on the day.

N.B. 8.00am start from Aberdeen.

The walk today sees your Club starting at the 17th Century planned village of Strichen on the Ugie Water, walking over Mormond Hill and then along the trackbed of the former Buchan/Formartine railway line to the town of Fraserburgh (formerly named Philorth).

Your Club have not been in this area since November 2006. This walk is a through walk, so members who require a different, or shorter walk, please liaise with your Committee member in charge of the bus today.

The walk commences at the end of the main street of Strichen, near the church (NGR 945 553), where we head NE’wards towards Bransbog Farm. Turn right just beyond the farm and head uphill past Bransfarm before starting the climb past the famous “White Horse” marked out on the hillside with white quartzite stones. Continue uphill to reach the “Hunters Lodge” ruin. From this ruin, continue on a track E’wards below the 230m Mormond Hill NATO Early Warning Station, with its cluster of radio masts. We eventually reach the headwaters of a burn. Follow this burn downhill S’wards to reach a track leading to Hillfoot Farm. At a split in this track below the farm, go left, past Mormondside Farm leading to the site of the former Mormond Halt railway station. From here, we access the trackbed of the disused Buchan/Formartine railway line – now a walk/cycle way. Continue along this walkway for about 7.5 miles, to the outskirts of Fraserburgh, passing the former stations of Lonmay and Rathen and the sites of the former halts at Philorth and Kirkton Bridge.

Cross the B9033 at NGR 003 654, near a cemetery, and continue on to the links passing an Industrial Estate. Your bus will be parked near the Fraserburgh esplanade (NGR 000 662).

Walking distance approx. 11 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 Heather Eddie


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