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Top 10 Aberdeen Walks

The Lost Lochlands
Distance: 1.48 miles Duration: 1.5 hours
Now part of Aberdeen’s historical legacy, the Lochlands was the name of the settlement when the loch was still the main source of water for the people. A short trip around here and you’ll discover The Soup Kitchen, Windy Wynd’s Spring Garden, and Crooked Lane’s public baths.
There is now a new ‘circular’ tour designed especially for those who like shorter walks or have mobility problems.

Correen Hills Circuit, near Alford
Distance: 15km Duration: 4 – 4.5 hours
The Correen Hills are an area of open heather moorland, rising to 518m at the summit of Lord Arthur’s Seat. A very pleasant circular walk around the tiny hamlet of Tullynessle.

Elrick Hill
Distance: 4.25km Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
This short and relatively flat walk combines a forest trail with modern art installations along the way, ending with a visit to the sprawling natural landscape of Elrick Hill.

The Lost Cinemas of Union Street
Distance: 1.93 miles Duration: 2 hours
Go on a journey of Aberdeen’s cinematic history, recall the early days of the Silver Screen to the glamour years of the 40s and 50s, and follow the sad decline of the city’s picture palaces from 35 public cinemas to now just four.

Haddo House Circuit
Distance: 3.5km Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
The pathways of Haddo House take you around majestic lakelands, breathtaking flora, concealed bird hides, an active children’s play area and back home through the gift shop and tearoom.

Mortlich Circuit
Distance: 10.25km Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours
Pass the picturesque Loch of Aboyne, follow a loch side path and come through the woods for great views over Deeside on top of the hill of Mortlich.

Aberdeen’s Blitz Experience
Distance: 2.96 miles Duration: 2-2.5 hrs
Based on the 2010 Exhibition ‘Aberdeen’s Blitz: 21 April 1943’ – you may see the sites of some of the worst bombing in the city, and compare it with the city’s archives as well as extracts from personal testimonies of those who lived through it.

Bodysnatcher Tour
Meeting Point: Marischal College, Broad Street Duration 2hrs
Learn about professional resurrectionists operating from the 1800s to the passing of the Anatomy Act in 1832, which put an end to the theft of bodies from cemeteries and legalised the supply of corpses to medical research. Aberdeen had its fair share of “corpse lifting”, including a theft which went wrong in Torry. When the skeleton of an unfortunate woman floated onto the beach, her family realised that, despite assurances of the kirk session, she had been “lifted” from her grave.

Portsoy and Sandend Circular
Distance: 9km Duration: 2.5 – 3.5 hours
This stretch of coastline joins Portsoy, with its heritage harbour, to the small beach village beach at Sandend. The return is on a meandering country road through farmland and includes sea views.

Mount Battock via Clachnaben
Distance: 25km Duration: 6 – 8 hours
Mount Battock is the highest point on an expanse of rolling moorland, usually approached via Glen Esk, this longer route from the east side passes the great granite tor of Clachnaben along the way.