Trying to find the best Aberdeenshire trails? AllTrails has 47 great hiking trails, running trails, views 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, Aboyne or Banchory, we've got you covered. For some great local park options, check out Muir of Dinnet. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Aberdeenshire ranging from 0.8 to 38.6 miles and from 22 to 3,753 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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First thing to know is you need £4 for parking (must be coins, no change given). Even on a moody grey day Loch Muick is still a beautiful walk. We decided to go clockwise around the Loch. This meant covering the rocky path on the first half of the walk. On a wet day the rocks can be quite slippery so watch your step. Nothing too hard on this walk and would recommend to all levels of walkers. So many opportunities for good pictures and on this occasion we were serenaded by Deers up in the hill calling out.

This is a nice walk if you don't feel like hiking hiking. Lots of green, a beautiful river, and a 7th century monestery.

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bugs
over grown
9 days ago

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16 days ago

Essentially walking adjacent to fields. A relatively easy walk on the edge of Tarland. Stone circle perched on Crest of a small hill - not as good as the one at Daviot but worth a visit.

Great walk up, cloudy and misty all the way but great fun none the less.

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no shade
1 month ago

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no shade
1 month ago

Dress for wind. Amazing view on clear day. Well marked trails in September.

The trail from the car park is a 4WD ACCESS ROAD so easy to follow. Fork left or right depending on the side of the loch u want to visit. Jocks Road goes Left. Jocks Road changes as it reaches the Loch to a single track that runs the side of Loch Callater then up and over to Glenn Dolll. If you are planning the full route then know how to read a map use a compass or follow GPS as easy to get lost on the upper plateau after you scramble Up the grassy hillside. The single track path is not easy to see.

Great for dogs, roads are lorry width so plenty of room and you can see far enough ahead. Can have deer in the woods so if you have a deer chaser a long line would be best.

Amazing loop. I got it done in 3 hours while running on flat/decline and slow to mid pace hiking on the inclines.

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over grown
1 month ago

Lovely walk along the coast with beautiful views of the surrounding cliffs and castle ruins.

Well kept trail, with nice views of the surrounding mountains and fields. Nice walk through Drummy Wood as well. The town square has an information point with maps of other nearby trails and brochures about the historical sites you'll see along the way.

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1 month ago

Great trails with loads of different routes to the tower. Dog friendly. Easier trails which take slightly longer but you get the benefit of views over deeside and the amazing forests.

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1 month ago

We followed the paths that lead all the way round the loch. Mostly stone path, a few sections where you are following grass path. Small section asks for dogs to be kept on the lead due to Adder snakes in the area. Seems to be very popular with campers as you walk past a lot of tents and you can see where a lot of small fires have been used in the past. Can see why they stay, would consider a sleepover myself. Enjoyed the walk and the views.

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1 month ago

This Trail is all about the scenery. Beautiful views and amazing hidden cave. Well worth the short walk and a must at least once.

The view point has been updated and is well worth the minimal effort

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1 month ago

Short and sharp. Great little walk. Superb views.

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1 month ago

Easy to walk, iW closed to the public forest road. Unfortunately we had a very stiff letter from the front. By the river along which one goes very picturesque.

Family favourite

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1 month ago

Enjoy coming back to this trail time after time. Plenty of opportunities to explore and make the walk longer

Great walk. Beautiful scenery

We went with our 3 and 6 year old and made me very proud that they could walk all the way to the top. Some whining, but overall a fantastic experience.... Highly recommended..

Absolutely wonderful place to go for hiking! In my opinion is the best place to go in Aberdeenshire if you like hiking and you wish to see an amazing Scottish scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Depending on which way you go can determine how hard it is to get up. Regardless of how you get to the top views are worth it. Paths never too busy which is surprising for where the trail is. One to do at least once. Again depending on which paths you take, footing is mostly ok. Some areas can be a little rocky or muddy.

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2 months ago

Absolutely the best hill in Aberdeenshire!

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Great little 3 km hike into the unknown. I would recommend to all for the spectacular view above and across Ballater village from the summit. The weather and conditions where perfect for it, although some of the paths were muddy due to last nights rain but easily passable, should not be recommend as hard, I would personally say easy > moderate at best.

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

fantastic walk to the top. good few hours to forget about day to day problems. don't forget about good shoes

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