Prop of Ythsie

[Prop of Ythsie]

The Prop of Ythsie was built in 1861 in memory of the 4th Earl of Aberdeen, on a low hill overlooking Tarves village amidst gentle Formartine countryside. From the car park it's only a short walk to the base of the tower. From here, 91 steps separate you from extensive views over rural Aberdeenshire towards distant villages and hills. 91 pitch black, spiraling steps, covered with twigs and bird droppings... OK, perhaps you should bring a torch, although it's not quite as bad as Hopetoun Monument down in the Scottish Lowlands.

[View south-west towards Bennachie from the top of the tower]

Name: Prop of Ythsie ☆☆☆ (prounounced "EYE-see")
Location: Car park on minor road a mile east of Tarves, G.R.: NJ 884315 / safety heaven easy
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? From the car park at NJ 882307, it's a 15-min uphill walk to the tower, on a track then a muddy path.

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