Designated as one of Scotland’s Great Trail, this popular with walkers and cyclist path is an exciting long-distance route.
Built on the bed of the former Formartine and Buchan railway, the route is around 53 miles long and extends from Dyce north to the towns of Peterhead and Fraserburgh. It follows the old rail track going east and passing villages of Newmacher and Udny Station and after 13 miles reaches the largest town on the route, Ellon. Then it continues north and at the small town of Maud splits into two routes of either running east to Peterhead or north to Fraserburgh.
Along the way there are number of places of interest including Aden Country Park, Drinnie’s Wood Observatory, Strichen Stone Circle, Deer Abbey, The White Horse at Strichen and Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh and all make interesting detours or picnic destinations.
Linking secluded forests and marshlands and crossing waterways, The Formartine and Buchan Way is a valuable home for a huge range of flora and fauna too. Variety of animals can be spotted in their natural environment including deer, fox, weasel, stoat and badgers. Plants and insects are also abundant and some to look out for include rosebay willowherb, harebells, oxeye daises and red campion. With the potential food and shelter found in The Formartine and Buchan Way thrushes, partridges and pheasant are also to be observed there.
Each of the above mentioned towns and villages have car parks and some also have a small selection of shops, bars and hotels for much needed refreshments.