Walk: Eyeing up Dunnideer Castle
|[Hill of Foudland from the summit]|
The remains of 13th century Dunnideer Castle sit, Eye of Sauron-like, atop the Hill of Dunnideer just west of Insch village. The direct ascent of the eastern slopes is short and straightforward (though unremittingly steep, and we can testify that the short grass is like an tilted ice rink when frozen!). The views over Aberdeenshire from the top are excellent considering the minimal effort required to reach it, taking in the Hill of Foudland, Tap o' Noth, Bennachie and much more.
Name: Walk: Eyeing up Dunnideer Castle ★★☆☆☆
Length: 1 km / <1 mile
Ascent: 100 metres
Main summits: Hill of Dunnideer (268 metres)
Points of interest: Dunnideer Castle
Start / finish: Car park on minor road just to the west of Insch, G.R.: NJ 617282 / hiked shortens mission
Route: Car park - Hill of Dunnideer & Castle - return by outward route
Terrain: Grassy path, steep gradient.
Wildlife today: Sheep in surrounding fields.
Weather today: Overcast but dry; snow on highers hills and ground frozen.
|[Tap o' Noth from the summit]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track