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Another beautiful day and after a couple of hours at the keyboard I gave up and decided to get out for a while. I have only done wee bits of the Aberdeenshire coastal path so decided today to so a more substantial section between Aberdeen and Cove. I decided to count this as TGOC training –  about 9 miles as a round trip.

Parking at Torry, I tried to get a shot of a ship entering the harbour and immediately discovered that my camera battery was dead – not the best start. So, it was down to the iPhone camera today. As always, there was a queue of oil service boats waiting to get into the harbour.

Aberdeen harbour entrance. There's a constant stream of oil service boats coming and going.

Aberdeen harbour entrance. There’s a constant stream of oil service boats coming and going.

The coastal scenery starts at Girdle Ness. The wee bay on the right of this photo is a bit special for me as it was where I finished my first TGO challenge in 2013.

Rock scenery at Girdle Ness

Rock scenery at Girdle Ness

From Girdle Ness, the path goes along the base of the cliffs under the lighthouse and the magnificent foghorn. I’m not sure if it’s still used but it looks as if it is. The noise must be incredible from this position.

Girdle Ness foghorn

Girdle Ness foghorn

From Girdle Ness, the path skirts NIgg Bay – there’s a tatty litter-strewn area on your right as you walk round the bay so it’s best to look out to sea. There’s a magnificent sweep back to the lighthouse at Girdle Ness.

Nigg Bay and Girdle Ness lighthouse

Nigg Bay and Girdle Ness lighthouse

After Nigg, the path weaves its way along the top of the cliffs to Cove. One of Aberdeen’s main industrial areas is just inland but only the occasional truck on the coast road gives this away.

The weather was exhilarating – bright sunshine and a fair bit of wind.  Walking the coastal path was a school geography lesson in coastal erosion come to life. Cliffs, geos, stacks, sea caves were all obvious from the path.

A geo - a narrow cutting in cliffs

A geo – a narrow cutting in cliffs

Sea cave

Sea cave

 

Sea stack

Sea stack

In places, there were waves of honeyed scent from banks of common scurvy grass with primroses in full bloom on the cliffs. There were a few runners out from the offices in Altens but really hardly anyone around.

Common scurvy grass

Common scurvy grass on the cliffs

Primroses

Primroses

Near Cove, where the path turns inland for a while, I stopped for lunch – my usual cashew nuts and Tunnocks Caramel wafers.  These are my favourite on walks and I keep hoping that Tunnocks will notice and provide some sponsorship. It could be the start of a changed image from unhealthy Scottish food (have you seen their teacakes and snowballs?) to healthy food for walkers.

This path was a revelation – much better than I expected. It gets very little publicity but stretches from the Moray coast in the north to St Cyrus. The iPhone 5S camera was a revelation too – I’m really impressed by the quality but it does seem to hammer the battery.

A fabulous springtime walk in the sunshine and I’m now motivated to do get out and do some of the other bits. Hopefully, I can find some places accessible by bus and finishing at a pub.

Coastline

Coastline

4 Responses to “Aberdeenshire Coastal Path – Aberdeen to Cove”

  1. alan.sloman says:

    It looks to me that you’re all ready and raring to go.
    Good luck, Ian
    :-)

  2. Ruth says:

    Hey if you walked another ten minutes on the coastal path towards the cove harbour – you would have finished at the local pub/restaurant!! Lovely photos though! :D

  3. Ruth says:

    Hey if you walked another ten minutes on the coastal path towards the cove harbour – you would have finished at the local pub/restaurant!! Lovely photos though!! :D

  4. Mhairi says:

    Go on even further and there’s pubs in Old Portlethen and Newtonhill

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