Walk: Sub-par signposting on Mortlich

Aberdeenshire | Aboyne | Half day walk | ★★★

[Loch of Aboyne]

Many tourists can't wait for Aboyne to come to an end as they pass impatiently through this sizeable but quiet village bound for upper Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park. But there's good walking in these parts too. Mortlich's forested slopes rise up to the north of the village's golf club, with a picturesque and varied circuit possible which takes in both. It's no stroll in the park though: the few waymarkers are woefully inadequate and vegetation growth can hinder progress especially in late summer. Attempt the route without a map at your peril.

[View from Mortlich summit]

📌 Walk: Sub-par signposting on Mortlich ★★★
Start / finish at Golf Road (street parking), half a mile east of Aboyne village centre, G.R.: NO 532990 ///falls.fiery.nibbles

▶ 9 km / 6 mi | ▲ 290 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Summits: Mortlich (381 m) | Features: Loch of Aboyne
Terrain: Paths and tracks which can be overgrown in places - particularly when leaving the golf course and for the return along the old railway line.

Route & map

Start - Loch of Aboyne - leave bank at G.R.: NJ 535000 - Mortlich - return to G.R.: NJ 533014 - south-west slopes of Little Hill - minor road just south-west of Boddomend - Loch of Aboyne via old railway line - rejoin outward route to start

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

On our visit

Wildlife: Ducks on the loch and forest birds.
Weather: Dry with sunny intervals especially early on.

[Mount Keen shrouded in fog beyond Aboyne village (centre)]


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