Friday, July 22, 2011

Hill of Tillymorgan

Glens of Foudland
Glens of Foudland from Hill of Tillymorgan

Another Aberdeenshire Sunset..

With the longer evenings, the Sub 2000 Marilyns are providing excellent opportunities for some short walks after the kids are in bed. Tonights choice was Hill of Tillymorgan, just off the A96 near the village of Colpy.

The walk starts at Kirkton farm in Kirkton of Culsalmond. There's a sign on the gate pointing you to the start of the walk. I drove through the gate and parked in front of an old barn. Beside the farm is an old church and graveyard which I took the opportunity to explore before starting the walk.

2 Mile Walk
Sign at start of walk at Kirkton Farm, Kirkton of Culsalmond.

Church View
View from church to Bennachie.

Churchyard View
View from churchyard to Bennachie.

Old church beside Kirkton Farm, Kirkton of Culsalmond.

To start the walk properly, I followed the sign and headed uphill away from the farm. There are two or three gates to deal with, all of which have smaller side gates (the first had a broken latch, the second was working and the third was wired closed). The old road is easy to walk on and passes between the fields - at this time they were full of lambs. Just before entering the forestry, there's a wooden structure hidden in the tree-line which looks out over the fields. I assume it's a deer hide? From here, there are cracking views back towards Bennachie.

Hill of Foudland I
Looking across to Hill of Foudland.

Old Farm Road
Old farm road from Kirkton farm.

Deer Hide?

Tillymorgan Panorama
Tillymorgan Panorama from near hide. Bennachie to left, Hill of Foudland to right.

Entering forestry
Leaving the farmland behind and entering the world of forestry, quarries and transmitters.

Next, the road enters the forestry and becomes more muddy, but still easy to walk on. There's a well-made track off to the right, which I assume is for access to the transmitter further round the hill. I ignored this and carried on straight ahead.

Eventually, the track bends to the right, around some fenced off new forestry. There's a faint track which carries on in a northerly direction but I ignored this and followed the track as it curved round in a north-easterly direction. After a short distance, I left the track and took a direct line staright up the hill alongside some old growth.

Hill of Foudland II
Hill of Foudland.

Windfarm on Hill of Bainshole, above the Glens of Foudland.

Glens of Foudland
Glens of Foudland from Hill of Tillymorgan

I reached the summit 30 minutes after leaving the farm. The top of the hill was quite a surprise. Short grass and heather, but lots of piles of slate from old quarrying. There was a large quarry near the trigpoint as well as lots of smaller holes, perfect for falling into if you're not careful.

Slate from the disused quarry on the summit of Hill of Tillymorgan.

Quarry Site.

Hill of Tillymorgan Summit
Summit of Hill of Tillymorgan. Looking north across Aberdeenshire.

I returned by the same route.