Walk: Menaway Hills meander

[Good views over rural Aberdeenshire from both summits]

Cairn William and Pitfichie Hill may be overshadowed by their celebrity big brother, Bennachie, but they're lovely hills in their own right, crossed by mountain bike trails and only a short drive from the Granite City. Tracks snaking through gorse-rich countryside provide the longish approach, with a 4,000 year old recumbent stone circle surrounding a burial cairn adding to the interest.

[Whitehills Stone Circle]

Name: Walk: Menaway Hills meander ★☆☆
Length: 16 km / 10 miles
Ascent: 420 metres
Main summits: Pitfichie Hill (381 metres); Cairn William (448 metres, sub-2000')
Points of interest: Whitehills Stone Circle
Start / finish: Pitfichie Forestry Commission car park, off minor road 2 miles west of Monymusk, G.R.: NJ 655132 / simulates dates twisting

Route: Marked in white / red on this map. Start - Whitehills Stone Circle - Bogmore - map marker 13 - bealach between Pitfichie Hill and Cairn William - Pitfichie Hill - return to bealach by outward route - Cairn William - King's Stane - Bogmore - return to start via outward route
Terrain: Narrow mountain bike trails on summits (beware bikes), otherwise good tracks.
Wildlife today: Spectacular flowering gorse.
Weather today: Hazy warm sunshine with temperatures in mid teens, but a stiff breeze.

[Spectacular flowering gorse and its delicious coconut aroma characterised the approach today]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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