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Walks around Lumphanan

Lumphanan Walks leaflet provides detailed descriptions of routes around Lumphanan and between Lumphanan and Kincardine O' Neil.  Download a copy here, or look out for hard copies, available soon in shops and eateries in Lumphanan, Kincardine O'Neil, Aboyne, Torphins and Tarland.  We are grateful to Paths for All and Scotways for funding this leaflet.

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Relevant Ordnance Survey maps are: 1:25,000 Explorer OL59 Aboyne, Alford & Strathdon, and 1:50,000  Landranger 37 Strathdon & Alford.


You can see the walks on our Ordnance Survey Routes - see links after each walk below. You can also view routes and descriptions by other walkers in the web links provided. Please be aware Lumphanan Paths Group is not responsible for the content or accuracy of third party websites.


Please walk responsibly! 

Our walks pass through land with livestock and wildlife.

  • keep dogs under control at all times

  • close gates

  • take your litter home. 


Use the Scottish Outdoor Access Code!

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Lumphanan Tom Main

Looking from Glen Road across Lumphanan to the Cairngorms beyond

Lumphanan Circular / 

Lumphanan to Tullochvenus (Old Military Road) 

Refreshing walks on clear paths and tracks taking in the Old Military Road and providing spectacular  views over Lumphanan and to the Cairngorms.

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

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A more detailed map of this area is available in the leaflet

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Granite fence post, Old Military Road, Church Circular

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


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.

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Lumphanan to Kincardine O' Neil and Dess

Longer walks on roads, tracks, 'green lanes' and footpaths, following a choice of historic routes over the high ground between Lumphanan and Kincardine O'Neil. 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


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

This the best route for cycles, to avoid disturbance of livestock, wet ground and thin soils.

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A more detailed map of this area is available in the leaflet


Looking north to Cairnmude from the track south of Newton


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

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Looking west. The routes to Kincardine O' Neil  pass 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 efforts from the 17th to 20th 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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