SCOLTY HILL Ascent 189m, distance 2 miles.
Scolty Hill forms the backdrop to the village of Banchory. Several way-marked trails to the top afford spectacular views of Deeside and beyond.
Several circular routes and one way-marked trail to Scolty Hill through the Blackhall Forest. Tremendous views of both the Dee and Feugh Valleys.
CLACHANABEN Ascent 511m, distance 5.5 miles.
Hill clearly visible from many points in Deeside, distinctive by its large granite tor. Popular walk up Glen Dye on way-marked path.
HILL OF FARE Ascent 433m, distance 11 miles.
An area of rough moorland rising above forest plantations a few miles north of Banchory. Hill is crisscrossed by Landrover tracks and makes for an enjoyable walk with extensive views.
THE DEESIDE WAY Aberdeen – Ballater, distance approx. 45 miles
An off-road combined pathway and cycleway, much of which follows the route of the former Royal Deeside Railway Line giving beautiful views of the River Dee.
FURTHER AFIELD: Bennachie (Inverurie)
Glen Tanar Estate (Aboyne)
Cambus O’May (Dinnet)
Loch Muick (Ballater)
The Larig Rhu (Linn of Dee to Coylumbridge)
Details of these and many other walks can be found on the highly recommended website www.walkhighlands.co.uk