Walk: Simply Scolty

Aberdeenshire | Banchory | Short walk | ★★★

[Banchory from Scolty summit]

Scolty's popular slopes rise above woodland across the river from Banchory, topped with a 20-metre high tower (which you can often climb) commemorating General William Burnett who fought alongside the Duke of Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars. Though the hill itself is only 300 metres high and relatively simple to conquer, heathery slopes drop away on 3 sides towards the River Dee and Water of Feugh to give excellent views towards Clachnaben, Mount Battock, Morven and the Hill of Fare alongside other local summits. Forestry and Land Scotland owns part of the hill but their waymarked trails don't reach the top - fortunately there are plenty of other paths. Our circuit ascends by a fairly quiet but steep eastern option, returning by the northeast "tourist" route.

[Scolty summit]

📌 Walk: Simply Scolty ★★★
Start / finish at car park off minor road 1 mi southwest of Banchory, G.R.: NO 687948 ///museum.fortress.quicksand

▶ 3 km / 2 mi | ▲ 200 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: △ Scolty (299 m); General Burnett's Monument
Terrain: Clear paths and tracks throughout but often quite steep and rough, especially for ascent.

Route & map

Car park - waymarked path to south - Scolty Hill & General Burnett's Monument by east slope - descend by northeast path. First & last parts of the walk shown on map here (no. 7, yellow).

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: 2020: small birds, speckled wood butterflies. 2011: birds, hairy caterpillars.
Weather: 2020: hazy sunshine, feeling humid with temperature in high teens, breezy on summit. 2011: hazy with warm evening sunshine; summit breeze.

Chronological photo guide

[The start of the route is an easy amble through forest]

[Woodland path]

[Woodland fringe]

[Time for a break]

[Steep ascent]

[Approaching the summit]

[Scolty summit]

[Looking southwest from the summit]

[Looking up Deeside]

[View over Banchory & the start of the descent]

[Descent by the main path]

[Woodland track return]


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