A walk up Scolty Hill

We went for a walk up Scolty Hill today which is a small hill just south of Banchory. It’s about a 40 minute drive south west of Aberdeen to get to Banchory. The last time we walked up Scolty Hill it was snowing so it was quite different today. Everything was very lush and green and as is typical of Scottish days, there was a mix of sunny, windy, raining, and overcast.

The walk to the top of the hill is fairly short. The quickest and steepest route is just 45 minutes but there’s a longer gentler slope which takes about 1 hour. It’s a wonderful walk with a very good path. As always I feel so refreshed after a walk in the woods.


My father is visiting us from Australia and as you can see he’s in very good shape and managed the climb without any trouble.


Past the tree line were carpets of purple heather. It was gorgeous.



We took a picnic with us and ate lunch just beneath the summit. If you eat on the summit you get blown away. We saved our jumping shots for the summit instead.




Even Grandad had a go.


There’s a memorial tower at the top which was built in 1840 in memory of a local man called Willian Burnett who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. Inside is a winding staircase which will take you all the way to the very top of the tower.