Walk: Cairn William - Menaway Hills meander

Aberdeenshire | Menaway Hills | Full day walk | ★★★

[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 (Aberdeen). 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]

📌 Walk: Cairn William - Menaway Hills meander ★★★
Start / finish at Pitfichie Forestry and Land Scotland car park, off minor road 2 mi west of Monymusk, G.R.: NJ 655132 ///simulates.dates.twisting

▶ 16 km / 10 mi | ▲ 420 m | ⌚ Full day | Moderate
Features: Whitehills Stone Circle; △ Pitfichie Hill (381 m); △ Cairn William (448 m, sub-2000')
Terrain: Narrow mountain bike trails on summits (beware bikes), otherwise good tracks.

Route & 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. Marked in white / red on map here.

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Spectacular flowering gorse.
Weather: Hazy warm sunshine with temperatures in mid teens, but a stiff breeze.

Also on this walk

📌 Whitehills Stone Circle
A mile west of minor road and 3 mi west of Monymusk, G.R.: NJ 643135 ///brimmed.flask.upper
Always open | Free

💬 If not walking the whole route, quickest access to the stone circle is still by following the start of the walk directions above. From the car park it's a 20-min (each way) uphill walk to the circle on a good track.

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


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