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Best trails in Aberdeenshire

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Trying to find the best Aberdeenshire trails? AllTrails has 101 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Ballater, Peterhead or Aboyne, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 59 easy trails in Aberdeenshire ranging from 0.6 to 9.4 miles and from 22 to 2,312 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Aberdeenshire
Top trails (101)
#1 - Loch Muick Circular
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
NOTE: Remember to bring 4 pounds for parking and bear in mind the machine doesn't give change. This is a great,scenic trail that is suitable for all ages. There is a rocky section that can be tricky in wet conditions, so take caution and bring proper footwear as the footing is a bit tricky. Show more
#2 - Lochnagar Munro's 55, 56, 57 and 58
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 18.1 mi • Est. 10 h 9 m
This trail provides excellent views and good wildlife viewing opportunities. The entire route follows a good path except for the descent to Loch Dubh, which is off trail down a steep slope.Show more
#3 - Mount Keen
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 6 h 23 m
Mount Keen is the most easterly munro. This route is the shortest path to the peak and starts in the Invermark car park in Glen Esk. The views from the top are incredible, especially on a clear day.Show more
#4 - Meikle Pap, Cac Carn Mor and Lochnagar
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 7 h 18 m
This route features panoramic views and a path that is easy to follow. Begin at the car park on Loch Muick Road and pass the Spittal of Glenmuick Visitors Centre. Turn right to take the route counter clockwise.Show more
#5 - Cairnwell 52, 53 and 54
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
#6 - Clachnaben
Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
Scenic North-East Scotland low hills walk. Overlooking Deeside and Glen Dye this can be the start for more challenging summits. A decent sized peak, the initial ascent is easy as you follow the track through grazing fields and over a meandering stream. The trees offer shelter, but the terrain can be slippery and more steep (but the path has been enhanced by development work). Coming out of the treeline, the summit can be clearly seen and the path carves round the hill in an increasingly steep gradient which has been laid with stone. A slight scramble to the very top has the reward of panoramic views around Deeside. An afternoon walk for the family and some degree of fitness is needed especially the last section.Show more
#7 - Forvie Sands Walk
Forvie National Nature Reserve
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
Excellent trail, well maintained paths and stunning dune landscape. Area is a reserve for grey seals, however it is luck if you find them on the beach - you have keep your eyes open whilst walking along the estuary where they feed, heads bobbing up every few minutes. Please note: this area may be closed when the Terns are breeding.Show more
#8 - Glen Tanar Short Circular Walk
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Parts of the first section are quite rocky and can be unstable to walk on. However once past that, it opens up into nice wide paths that are easy to walk on. Suitable for all ages and the scenery is beautiful. Lots of other paths to go down if you wish to make the walk longer. £3 parking and a fairly small lot.Show more
#9 - Mither Tap from Bennachie
Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
The trail is well marked as it climbs up through an ever-green forest. The top is rocky and steep, with interesting stone-work from an ancient hill fort. Great views.Show more
#10 - Dunnottar Castle via Stonehaven Coastal Walk
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
The trail to the castle is not too difficult and offers great views of the North Sea and cliffs. Once you get to Dunnottar Castle you have to descend down steep stairs to get to the entrance. The castle is well worth visiting (there is a fee if you choose to go inside). Dolphins and seals can often be spotted just off the coast.Show more
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