Walk: Best o' Bennachie

Aberdeenshire | Bennachie | Half day walk | ★★★★

[Mither Tap is crowned with an impressive hill fort]

Overlooking the town of Inverurie on its western side is Bennachie, an open area of heathery high ground standing tall above forested lower slopes. The plateau is dotted with several granite tors, of which the highest is Oxen Craig, roughly at the centre. Meanwhile, cone-shaped Mither Tap is by far the most distinctive of the tops, visible from all over Aberdeenshire and crowned with an ancient hillfort. Starting at the Forestry Commission's visitor centre on the eastern side makes a circular route possibly which takes in both. Paths are generally excellent, meaning that - coupled with the relatively dry climate this far east - bog is unlikely.

[Mither Tap seen from the direction of Oxen Craig]

📌 Walk: Best o' Bennachie ★★★★
Start / finish at Bennachie Centre car park, minor road 2 mi southwest of Chapel of Garioch, G.R. NJ 698217 ///snow.evenly.scorpions

▶ 10 km / 6 mi | ▲ 550 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Bennachie Centre; △ Oxen Craig (529 m, sub-2000'); △ Craigshannoch (480 m); △ Mither Tap (518 m)
Terrain: Clear paths with short track sections. Occasionally steep on ascent to Oxen Craig; more so on descent from Mither Tap.

Route & map

Car park & Bennachie Centre - Pitgavenny via Gordon Way - Oxen Craig - Craigshannoch - Mither Tap - start. General path network map here.

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Birds in the forest.
Weather: Weak sunshine through patchy cloud, breezy on the plateau.

[View from the Mither Tap]


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