Being confined to Aberdeen, or within 5 miles of the boundary of Aberdeen due to covid restrictions, has stymied our walks in the countryside quite a bit. But it has forced us to look for hidden gems close to home and Elrick Hill is one such place. I’d never been here before but it was lovely with woodland, moorland, streams, and rural views.
You can park at the Tyrebagger carpark which is just off the A96 near Aberdeen airport. There are several walks you can do here including Elrick Hill, Brimmond Hill, Tyrebagger, and Kirkhill Forest. We just did Elrick Hill but we enjoyed it so much we want to go back. There’s a sculpture trail at Tyrebagger most of which we missed but sounds like it’s worth checking out. We only saw the “Moon Pool” and we didn’t realise at the time that it was part of the trail.
The paths are good albeit quite muddy in places. Some were icy and a bit slippery and some still had patches of snow. I took lots of beautiful photos.
The trees in this next photo are unusual in the way they curve backwards. I wonder how that happened? I assume it was the wind?
The only downside is you can hear the traffic on the A96 and AWPR which takes away some of the peace of the countryside. Hopefully that’ll be a thing of the past in 10 years when most people have electric cars. One of the things I like most about walks in the woods is the silence except for the sound of the wind and wildlife … and the occasional whining child.