FREE Walks on Bennachie!


FREE Walking programme in conjunction with SSW’s Natural Bennachie Project 2013

On Saturday 11 May, as part of their 40th Birthday celebrations, the Bailies of Bennachie are organising free walks for anyone interested in learning more about the hill. All walks leave and return to the Bennachie Centre.

If you are interested in attending any of the walks, you need to book in advance by phoning 07799658209 or emailing:
Here is the programme of free walks…..

Walk 1:  Visit to English Quarry, Oxen Craig ,  Memorial Cairn to aircraft victims and Mither Tap
Meet 9.30 am at Bennachie Centre – return approx. 2.00pm
This walk will be led by John Nicol (Former Senior Bailie) and Jill Matthews.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Bennachie both historical features and to find out more about the plants and animals found on the hill. There will be climbing on this walk so walking boots are recommended. This walk is approximately 6.5miles long.

Walk 2:  4, 00 years of history close to the Bennachie Centre:  Burial cairns, an ogham – incised boulder, ring ditch houses and rig and furrow
Meet 11.00am at the Bennachie Centre – return approx.2.00pm
This walk is led by Colin Shepherd (Bennachie Landscapes Project Coordinator and local archaeologist)

This is a great opportunity to visit the small area of Woodend that contains a range of monuments that show at least 4,000 years of habitation.

Walk 3: The Colonists
Meet 11.30am and return approx 2pm
This walk is led by Leaf Gould (Community Archaeologist involved with The Bennachie Landscapes Project)

Lean more about the Colonist who lived on the slopes of Bennachie in the 1800s and learn more about the excavations and archaeology work to be carried out this year on the site.

Walk 4: Bennachie Story walk!
Meet 12.00 noon at The Bennachie Centre return approx. 2pm
This walk is led by Jackie Cumberbirch

Find out more about some of the stories from Bennachie such as where is Jock Stone, the famous party on Bennachie and other stories. This is a family walk and aimed at 8 years and over.

After the walks at about 2.30pm there be free refreshments and at the centre followed by a talk from James Mackay.

Useful Information: For all walks please wear sensible footwear, bring warm and waterproof clothing and bring a packed lunch.  Children under 15 years old and are most welcome and should be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are welcome if under control.


For more information about the Bailies of Bennachie, please visit their website.

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