Walk: Sub-par signposting on Mortlich

[Loch of Aboyne]

Many tourists can't wait for Aboyne's 30 mph speed limit to come to an end as they pass impatiently through this sizeable but quiet village bound for upper Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park. But there's good walking in these parts too. Mortlich's forested slopes rise up to the north of the village's golf club, with a picturesque and varied circuit possible which takes in both. It's no stroll in the park though: the few waymarkers are woefully inadequate and vegetation growth can hinder progress especially in late summer. Pity the fool who doesn't take a map.

[View from Mortlich summit]

Name: Walk: Sub-par signposting on Mortlich ★☆☆
Length: 9 km / 6 miles
Ascent: 290 metres
Main summits: Mortlich (381 metres)
Points of interest: Loch of Aboyne
Start / finish: Golf Road, Aboyne, G.R.: NO 532990 / falls fiery nibbles

Route: Start - Loch of Aboyne - leave bank at G.R.: NJ 535000 - Mortlich - return to G.R.: NJ 533014 - south-west slopes of Little Hill - minor road just south-west of Boddomend - Loch of Aboyne via old railway line - rejoin outward route to start
Terrain: Paths and tracks which can be overgrown in places - particularly when leaving the golf course and for the return along the old railway line.
Wildlife today: Ducks on the loch and forest birds.
Weather today: Dry with sunny intervals especially early on.

[Mount Keen shrouded in fog beyond Aboyne village (centre)]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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