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Catterline

I injured my foot earlier this month, a grisly business involving blood-soaked socks and a tetanus jab, so I haven’t been out and about much since then. But it’s now a bit better and, although not yet up to a 10 mile walk, I managed to get out with my camera to Catterline. All down […]

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On the ‘official’ maps of the Aberdeenshire coastal path, there’s a gap between Muchalls and Stonehaven, with the implication that you need to walk along the edge of the busy A90.  But my experience is that the ‘official’ maps don’t really reflect the reality on the ground so I thought I would try to see […]

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Magnificent Muchalls

Muchalls is a wee village south of Aberdeen, just beyond Aberdeen’s urban sprawl, although it is fast approaching there. It was a fishing village with clifftop cottages but now it’s mostly Aberdeen commuters. Most people drive past on the A90 without noticing unless they are going to the Muchalls Bistro, a decent country restaurant. But Muchalls […]

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My well-intentioned idea of using public transport to access the Aberdeenshire coastal path and to walk the path in linear sections has not really worked. Short winter days and infrequent buses mean that too much precious daylight would be spent on or waiting for a bus. So, for this bit of the path, I drove […]

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Roger Smith has written an excellent “Essential Guide to Finishing Points” for the TGO Challenge but to slightly misquote Alice in Wonderland: “what is use is a book that has no pictures”. As I’ve visited lots of the places on his list as I’ve wandered up and down the east coast, I thought I’d write […]

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In my last post, I wrote about places to finish the TGO Challenge between Aberdeen and Stonehaven. In this post, I planned to write about places between Stonehaven and Montrose but there’s a lot of places and a bit to say so I’ve decided to restrict this post to the northernmost bit of this section […]

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The TGO Challenge is a cross-Scotland walk, starting on the west coast between Ardrishaig and Torridon and ending on the East, between Arbroath and Fraserburgh. I’ve done it twice starting at Mallaig and Strathcarron and ending at Girdle Ness and St Cyrus. Roger Smith wrote a useful guide on places to finish the Challenge but […]

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The Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail stretches for about 160 miles from Cullen in the north to Montrose in the south. I have walked bits and pieces of it on days out but never in any kind of systematic way.  As a national trail, it is not well documented – there are (not very good) maps available […]

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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 […]

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