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Walks around Lumphanan



We are in the process of preparing detailed route maps of walks in the area. In the meantime we have produced simple maps of our most popular routes.  Relevant Ordnance Survey maps are: 1:25,000 Explorer OL59 Aboyne, Alford & Strathdon, and 1:50,000  Landranger 37 Strathdon & Alford.


You can also view routes and descriptions in the links provided below. Please be aware Lumphanan Paths Group is not responsible for the content or accuracy of third party websites.


Always walk responsibly -

use the Scottish Outdoor Access Code!

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Descending Glen Road to Lumphanan

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Chair on church route Deb Munro
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Deb Munro

Looking west. The route passes over high ground, with long sections following the former drove road and old Military Road. These historic routes avoided the wet lowlands, visible from here, which once contained the loch of Auchlossan. Drainage in the 17th to 19th centuries provided fertile land and allowed the railway line and modern road to Dess to be built. However, the area now floods most winters, supports wintering and breeding birds, and is a Local Nature Conservation Site. The drier mid slopes in the foreground support forestry, native birch woodlands and pasture. In the distance is the ridge line rising to Craiglich, over which passes the long distance walking route from Lumphanan to Tarland via The Comply.

Take a journey back in time and experience the layers of history in the Lumphanan landscape. With stunning views and intriguing green lanes, ruins and historic monuments, this truly is an area of outstanding character.

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Granite fence post, Old Military Road, Church circular

Lumphanan Tom Main

Descending the Old Military Road from Tullochvenus to Lumphanan, approaching Stothert Memorial Church


Looking north to Cairnmude from the track south of Newton

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St Finan's church and Lumphanan from the Cairnbeathie track to Kincardine O' Neil


The 'green lane'  from Lumphanan to Kincardine O'Neil, south of Old Town


The Old Military Road in spring, verges carpeted with Wood Anemone. Look out for Red Squirrel! Relax at the summit to take in far reaching views to the Cairngorms

Church Circular & Old Military Road

A refreshing walk on good paths and tracks, from Stothert Memorial Church rising gently up the Old Military Road. Turn south at the kissing gate to cross the high ground above Lumphanan with woodlands and spectacular views, descending back to Lumphanan on Glen Road.

You can extend your walk by continuing up the Old Military Road to Tullochvenus, or by returning to Lumphanan on the farm track to the disused railway line, and finally via Lover's Lane.


Refreshments:  Meet Again Tea Shop and Macbeth Arms.


Route maps by third parties:

Church Circular with Lover's Lane route

Tullochvenus - Lumphanan Circular via Old Military Road


Cairnbeathie Track to Kincardine O' Neil

A longer and varied walk on roads, tracks, 'green lanes' and footpaths, following a choice of historic routes over the high ground between Lumphanan and Kincardine O'Neil, where far-reaching views can be enjoyed. You can divert west down to Dess and Deeside Activity Park. The path also joins the Deeside Way Long Distance Route, which leads west to Aboyne , and east to the Potarch and Banchory.


Refreshments: Deeside Activity Park and the Village Store, Kincardine O'Neil.


Route maps by third parties:


​Lumphanan to Kincardine O'Neil

Kincardine O'Neil - Dess Waterfall

The Deeside Way

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