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Fortmartine & Buchan Way

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A 40-mile route following the disused railway track from Dyce station ending in Fraserburgh or Peterhead, ideal walking for wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists. Split into 11 separate walks, healthy active days out when visiting Aberdeenshire.

Once you leave Dyce, you are travelling along the old disused Formartine & Buchan railway which is also used as a cycle track. Throughout this route there are plenty of places to frequent acess the road network if you are only planning short walks. Mainly passing through agricultural land, the path crosses the Ythan river over an impressive viaduct to reach the first big town of Ellon.

Heading northwards past Auchnagatt, you reach Maud which, at one time, was a junction and from here you can choose to access either the route northwards to Fraserburgh or the route eastwards to the bustling fishing harbour at Peterhead.

From Maud eastwards, the route takes you via Old Deer to Mintlaw. This section is also accessible to wheelchair users (as is the Happy Plant Mintlaw Garden Centre which has an excellent cafe if you are needing refreshment).

From Maud northwards, you are heading for Fraserburgh, site of the first Scottish lighthouse and home to the excellent Museum of Scottish Lighthouses.

Further attractions en route include the Maud Railway Museum, Haddo House & Country Park, the ruins of Deer Abbey, Mormond Hill, and the White Horse, Aden Country Park, the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum at Pitmedden Gardens, and the RSPB Loch of Strathbeg.

Cycling is also encouraged along many of the routes, many of which provide the ideal locations for a picnic. Local birds to keep an eye out for include the Peregrine Falcon, Willow Warbler and Wren, whilst buzzards may also be spotted circling for their lunch.

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