Our Autumn Walks

THE OCHILLS - Sun 14th Oct 2018

Sunday 14th Oct 2018 Walk host: Alex Barbour
7am bus departs Gordondale Road Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £15 Tel: N/A
Map: 57/58 Mob: N/A
Expected time back in Aberdeen: 8-9pm

This is a rare excursion to the hills of the Central Belt, with views over the Forth.

Main Walk: Ben Cleuch, 16km (10 miles), 900m ascent, walking time around 6 hours plus stops

We start in Tillicoultry at 914975 and head up the mill Glen and onwards to Ben Cluech (903007). We then head east towards Andrew Gannel hill. From there, we follow the boundary ending at Whitewisp hill. We then head down to Glenquey Reservoir and on to Burnfoot. There is a well sign posted track here. Once you reach the road turn right and the hotel is about 300 yards up the road. The bus will be parked here all day

Alternative walk: Valley Walk, 8km (5 miles), 200m ascent

Starting in Dollar 963984 follow the well sign posted track Northwards into the glen. Walkers could also take a look at Castle Campbell. Continue through the pass and along to Glenquey Reservoir. As for main walk, once you reach the road remember to turn right to get to the hotel and the bus.

Ben Aigan (Boat O'Brig to Craigellachie) Sun 11th Nov 2018

Sunday 12th November 2017 Walk host: Kevin Adam Naughton
7am bus departs Gordondale Road Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £15 Tel: N/A
Map: OS 28 Mob: N/A
Expected time back in Aberdeen: 7-8pm

Main Walk: 16km (10 miles), walk duration 5 hours plus stops, difficulty 2 out of 5 based on Walkhighlands grading

We start at Boat O' Brig(NJ31935175) and head south to Bridgetown Farm and then follow the Speyside Way marked route to the turn off to ascend Ben Aigan (NJ29974928). Once at the summit, we return to the turn off. The Speyside way is then followed south to Craigellachie where we will meet the bus, and visit the local hotel for refreshments.

For a LONGER walk, The Speyside Way continues on a flat well marked route to Dufftown, an extra 4.5 miles or so. If a group wish to do this and stop at a Dufftown pub, the bus will pick them up on the way home.

Alternative Walk

This walk is not too long or strenuous, but missing out the hill climb to Ben Aigan would reduce the effort considerably.

Glentanar and Christmas Party

Saturday 1st Dec 2018 Walk host: Jacqui
8am bus departs Gordondale Road Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £ 45 IN ADVANCE Tel: N/A
Map: TBA Mob: N/A
Expected time back in Aberdeen: Sunday 1am approx

On Saturday 2nd December our walk takes us to Glentanar, followed by a delicious meal and party at the Loch Kinord Hotel in Dinnet. This years fancy dress theme is "Charity Shop".

The coach leaves from the usual spot on Gordondale Road, Aberdeen, at 8am, returning around 12:30 am on Sunday morning. We will stop at the hotel, allowing us to leave our party gear/change of clothing there, before heading off for our walk. The usual time for returning to the hotel is around 3-4 pm for mince pie and tea or coffee in the lounge (included in the cost of the day). For those who have not been before, we have separate ladies and gents hotel guest rooms set aside for showering and changing into your fancy dress, but you will need to bring your own towel. Many people change back out of their fancy dress after the dinner (or before if your costume prevents sitting down!), but others wear it all night.

Main Walk: 21km, ascent 440m, walk duration 5-6 hours including stops

After leaving party attire at the Loch Kinord Hotel, the coach will take us to the starting point in Glen Tanar NO479966. We cross the little hump backed bridge and continue round past the chapel, then on the track west to cross a bridge to the north side of the Water of Tanar, past the Halfway Hut (cup of coffee?) south-west, leaving the forest for views (hopefully) of Mount Keen. Before reaching Etnach, we take the track off to the right, up the slopes of Cairn Nairvie onto Black Moss. We turn east over Craigrae Beg, Black Craig and Slai na Gour, descending to the track to take us past Little Tulloch and on past Netherton and down onto the B976. We turn to cross the Dee by the bridge on the B9158 and continue into Dinnet. Turn left and the welcoming sight of the decorations outside the Loch Kinord Hotel.

A shorter alternative is to start as for the main walk, but turn right at 461943 and follow the track through the forest, meeting the main walk again as they descend off Slai na Gour. (13 km, 8 miles, 150 m ascent)

Another alternative is to be dropped off in Aboyne and walk westwards along the Deeside Way into Dinnet.

I'm sure the bus could take folk to Ballater and walk eastwards. Not much difference in distance but maybe more shops/tea rooms.

Tea/coffee and mince pies will be served upon arrival back at the hotel between 3-4 pm.

Hogmanay Hoolie (Cars - not bus)

Saturday 29th Dec 2018 Walk host: TBA
8am by car from Gordondale Road Email: stocketshost@gmail.com
Cost: £5 suggested fuel contribution to car driver Tel:
Map: TBA Mob:
Expected time back in Aberdeen: 4-5 pm

After the excesses of the Christmas Party and the rest of the festive season, you will all no doubt be making New Year's Resolutions to get fitter in 2018, so why not start by joining the Stockets on the last outing of 2018? This will be an informal affair, meeting at Gordondale Road/Old Mile End School at 8am and sharing cars to drive to the walk location.

No need to book, just turn up - lifts can be sorted out on the day.

Hope to see you on Saturday 29th. If you have any questions, please email stocketshost@gmail.com