There are over 30 Munros and Corbetts to bag in Aberdeenshire alone.
Whether you’re taking on the challenge of your first Munro or touring the 282 Munros found in Scotland, you expect breath-taking views looking out over some of the region’s most striking landscapes.
As part of VisitAberdeenshire’s Rediscover Your Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire campaign, we’ve rounded up a selection of Munros to bag during your next outing, as well as nearby food and drink suggestions. But be sure to check for the opening hours of the business ahead of your visit.
The campaign – involving the Evening Express, The Press and Journal, Society and Original 106 – also has its own dedicated section on the VisitAberdeenshire website, where people can explore blogs with ideas for things to do, Munro-bagging included.
Walkers from far and wide travel to the north-east, eager to tick off four of the highest mountains in the UK including Ben Macdui, Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochain Uaine. And we can’t forget the mighty Lochnagar.
Lochnagar – also known as Beinn Chiochan in Gaelic – is found on the Balmoral Estate and stands as one of the most popular Munros in Scotland with walkers, climbers and mountaineers.
Food and drink suggestions in the local area include: Douneside House, Tarland, The Commercial Hotel, The Square, Tarland, and The Fife Arms, Mar Road, Braemar.
For those after a challenge, the Lairig Ghru is Scotland’s most famous mountain pass covering 19 miles of outstanding natural beauty from Braemar to Aviemore. But Hiking the Lairig Ghru is no easy feat, taking roughly eight to 10 hours to complete the trail through wild terrain.
Creag Choinnich is also close by, which is home to the oldest recorded hill race dating back to 1064. This is still an annual tradition, which Queen Victoria attended in 1850 as part of the Braemar Highland Games.
Red squirrels, small woodland birds and buzzards are easily seen year round on the 3.8km trail. Wild flowers can also be spotted along with minibeasts, pine martens, bees, dragonflies and damselflies, red deer, other birds of prey and creatures of the night.
If you fancy venturing further afield for a delicious meal, pay a visit to The Lodge on the Loch, Aboyne Loch Golf Centre, Aboyne; Buchanan Bistro, Woodend Barn, Burn O’Bennie Road, Banchory; Finzean Estate Tearoom, Balnaboth Steading, Finzean, Banchory.
Driving from Aberdeen to Inverurie, you’ll see the peaks of Bennachie towering high in the Aberdeenshire skyline.
Bennachie offers a contrasting route, taking you from ancient forest through heathery inclines and exposed rock before you reach Oxen Craig (the highest point).
After working up an appetite, visitors could head to Macdonald Pittodrie House Hotel, Chapel of Garioch, Inverurie and Meldrum House, Oldmeldrum.
For more information on the Munros and hills listed, visit yourabdn.com
Social Media Campaign
VisitAberdeenshire, The Press and Journal, Evening Express, Society and Original 106 are encouraging people to share an image of their favourite part of the north-east throughout the #RediscoverABDN campaign. To take part, simply follow the steps below:
- Take a picture of your favourite north-east attraction, venue, product or landmark
- Upload the image to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter including the hashtag #RediscoverABDN and tag @visitabdn
Social Distancing Guidelines
When visiting these locations, it’s important to adhere to the social distancing guidelines currently in place across Scotland – with regards to outdoor activities. These guidelines are below.
- People can meet in groups of up to 15 people outdoors, from up to five different households, including your own household. However, children aged 0-11 should not meet in groups larger than 15 people in total at a time.
- Keep two metres apart from anyone you meet from outside your household, and don’t share food or utensils.
- You should not meet with more than four different households per day, whether indoors or outdoors.
- Follow physical distancing guidance and hygiene rules.
- There is now no restriction on travel within Scotland as long as individuals are acting in line with all other guidance that supports the route map.
All guidelines can be viewed at www.gov.scot