Walk: Correen Hills - in the footsteps of Forbes' final journey

[View over the Esset Burn on the descent]

The little-visited Correen Hills span the high ground between Alford and Lumsden in rural Aberdeenshire. Lord Arthur's Hill is the highest part of this gentle range, named after Lord Arthur Forbes, whose body was carried across the moorland here after his death at the nearby Battle of Tillyangus in 1571. An occasionally soggy circuit (avoid after wet weather) around the head of the Esset Burn sticks to a broad swathe of high ground giving views over most of the county.

[Emerging from the fog on Lord Arthur's Hill]

Name: Walk: Correen Hills - in the footsteps of Forbes' final journey ☆☆☆
Length: 15 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 370 metres
Main summits: Lord Arthur's Hill (518 metres, sub-2000'); Badingair Hill (478 metres)
Points of interest: Correen Quarry
Start / finish: Space for a few cars near minor road end at Terpersie, a mile north-west of Tullynessle, G.R.: NJ 548201 / blacken curious brew

Route: Start - Dubston Farm - Fouchie Shank - Lord Arthur's Hill - Edinbanchory Hill - Brux Hill - Badingair Hill - Correen Quarry - start
Terrain: Good tracks can become a big soggy in places, especially between Edinbanchory Hill and Badingair Hill.
Wildlife today: Snow buntings in the mist on Lord Arthur's Hill.
Weather today: Blue skies to start but with hill fog on the summit which lifted beyond Lord Arthur's Hill. Temperatures in single figures with little wind.

[Good views soon open up on the ascent of Fouchie Shank]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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