Walk: Scolty sunset
|[View towards Clachnaben (left) and Mount Battock (centre) from Scolty summit]|
Scolty's heathery slopes rise above woodland across the river from Banchory, topped with a 20 metre tower commemorating General William Burnett who fought alongside the Duke of Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars. Though the hill itself is only 300 metres high, slopes drop away on three sides towards the River Dee and Water of Feugh to give excellent views towards Clachnaben, Mount Battock, Morven and the Hill of Fare alongside other local summits. The Forestry Commission owns part of the hill but their waymarked trails don't reach the top - fortunately there are plenty of other paths, including the circular option below.
|[There are good views over Banchory and Deeside from most of the route]|
Name: Walk: Scolty sunset ★★★☆☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 190 metres
Main summits: Scolty (299 metres)
Points of interest: General Burnett's Monument
Start / finish: Car park off minor road a mile south-west of Banchory, G.R.: NO 687948 / museum fortress quicksand
Route: Car park - north side of Scolty Hill - return to start by direct route.
Terrain: Good paths and tracks - quite steep on descent.
Wildlife today: Hairy caterpillars and small birds.
Weather today: Warm with hazy evening sunshine; breezy on the summit.
|[General Burnett's Monument - climb to the top for the best views]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands