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Aikey Brae stone circle, Deer Abbey and Pitfour Lake

Aikey Brae stone circle, Deer Abbey and Pitfour Lake


Postby litljortindan » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:14 pm

Date walked: 27/02/2017

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 5 km

Ascent: 30m

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An afternoon spent visiting a couple of places we've driven past many times, never thinking there was much to see there.
First off, Aikey Brae stone circle: well, there are many such circles in Aberdeenshire I suppose and you get to thinking seen one seen 'em all. This one, though, is worth a visit one several counts; a pleasant hillside location some distance off the main road, a pleasant approach path and the drama of reaching the circle via a walk through a wood. Ok, maybe nothing too special but certainly worth the detour.


ImageDSCN7273 by John Little, on Flickr

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view west from the way up

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out of the woods and into the circle

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Aberdeenshire's most retiring recumbent stone?

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Set off next for the car park opposite Pitfour Lake with a vague plan to follow the Buchan Way westwards, hoping to get a view of Deer Abbey along the way.
Bumped into a slightly inebriated local who insisted on giving us his potted history of the Abbey. That may have been thin on accuracy but his confirmation that we could loop round to Pitfour Lake via the Abbey was very useful.

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On the pleasant, if puddlesome, Buchan Way.

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Pleasant walk along the Buchan way for a short distance, then a sharp right to reach the main road and the Abbey entrance. Met some extra friendly sheep in the field next to the Abbey -more dog like than sheep like in their behaviour, the way they crowded at the gate.

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View of Deer Abbey.

We'd already caught sight of the Abbey from the Buchan Way and it certainly looked interesting from there but we still went through the entrance with low expectations. Those were immediately revised once through the doorway though. What a splendid location and fascinating and ancient history.

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Not very sheep like!

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Sheep whisperer in action.

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The grand wall and entrance.

Maybe it was just the fine weather and some easy on the eye tricks with trees and grass and free entry but the effect was fairly jaw dropping; such a beautiful and well kept site and so much history.

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Relating the information board floor plan to the remains.

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Decided then to carry on along the main road for the short distance to the track to Pitfour Lake.

ImageDSCN7335 by John Little, on Flickr
Snowdrops on the way to Pitfour Lake.

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At the lake.

ImageDSCN7341 by John Little, on Flickr

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A lot of swans here.

ImageDSCN7356 by John Little, on Flickr

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