Prop of Ythsie

Aberdeenshire | Tarves | Tower | ★★

[Prop of Ythsie]

The Prop of Ythsie (pronounced "EYE-see") was built in 1861 in memory of the 4th Earl of Aberdeen, on a low hill overlooking Tarves village amidst gentle Formartine countryside. From the car park it's only a short walk to the base of the tower. From here, 91 steps separate you from extensive views over rural Aberdeenshire towards distant villages and hills. 91 pitch black, spiraling steps, covered with twigs and bird droppings... OK, perhaps you should bring a torch, although it's not quite as bad as Hopetoun Monument down in the Scottish Lowlands.

[View southwest towards Bennachie from the top of the tower]

Location & info

📌 Prop of Ythsie ★★
Off minor road 1 mi east of Tarves, G.R.: NJ 884315 ///safety.heaven.easy
Always open | Free

💬 From the car park at G.R.: NJ 882307 ///chats.equal.thousands it's a 15-min walk (each way) uphill to the tower, on a track then a muddy path.


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