Walk: Eyeing up Dunnideer Castle

Aberdeenshire | Insch | Short walk | ★★

[Hill of Foudland from the summit]

The remains of 13th century Dunnideer Castle sit, Eye of Sauron-like, atop the Hill of Dunnideer just west of Insch village. The direct ascent of the eastern slopes is short and straightforward (though unremittingly steep, and we can testify that the short grass is like an tilted ice rink when frozen!). The views over Aberdeenshire from the top are excellent considering the minimal effort required to reach it, taking in the Hill of Foudland, Tap o' Noth, Bennachie and much more.

[Dunnideer Castle]

📌 Walk: Eyeing up Dunnideer Castle ★★
Start / finish at car park on minor road 1 mi west of Insch village centre, G.R.: NJ 617282 ///hiked.shortens.mission

▶ 1 km / <1 mi | ▲ 100 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: △ Hill of Dunnideer (268 m); Dunnideer Castle
Terrain: Grassy path, steep gradient.

Route & map

Car park - Hill of Dunnideer & Castle - return by outward route


Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep in surrounding fields.
Weather: Overcast but dry; snow on highers hills and ground frozen.

Also on this walk

📌 Dunnideer Castle
At the top of the Hill of Dunnideer, G.R.: NJ 612282 ///define.seagulls.darker
Always open | Free

💬 The quickest route to the castle on its own is a 15-min walk, still by the route described above.

[Tap o' Noth from the summit]

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