Yesterday, I decided to grab my hiking boots, walking gear, and my camera equipment in my Kata backpack and make for the countryside.
I headed for the hill of 'Bennachie' , just north of Aberdeen, past Inverurie. I arrived at the Back o' Bennachie car park, and checking out the overcast sky, got ready and started off up the path to the 'Mither Tap & Quarry trail'. It's a decent walk, only around 9-10km there & back, but it is pretty steep nearly all of the way, good walking shoes/boots are recommended!
Walking through the lovely wood at the base of the hill, before emerging onto the moorland I saw the other two shorter trails at the location. At a steady pace I climbed up and reached the 'Oxen Craig' peak, which is the highest of the three, at 529m. It was somewhat more windy at the granite peak than below so, shelter in the rocks was found, and a sandwich eaten!
I took some pictures from here of the view across Donside, and over the 'Mither Tap' (518m) peak nearby before walking over the ridge to that peak. Then, I headed back across towards 'Oxen Craig' and back down the trail to the wood, diverting to join onto another short trail for a different route to the car-park.
All in all a good hike and a nice afternoon out! The weather held and even sunshine eventually broke through later in the day, but unfortunately after I'd left the peaks.
Think I should have a couple of good pictures to show for my exertions, which I'll post if I like them!
Check out: www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
for info on trails!