Thursday, 08 June 2023
Latest forest information
- The Millstone Hill Trail is currently open to the summit but you must return the same way due to active harvesting sites and wind blow blocking the trails.
- Harvesting operations have now started. Please follow all on site signage and stay out of exclusion zones for you own safety.
The best views of Bennachie on a quieter walk to the summit
If you want to really get to know Bennachie, this is the place. The trails here are quieter than those from Bennachie Centre and Rowantree, giving you a taste of the wild and plenty of choices for long treks in the hills. But you don’t have to want a big day out to enjoy this place: there’s a pretty drive along the river Don to get here, with places where you can stop for a picnic and a paddle. If you’re lucky, you might even see ospreys fishing in the water.
Millstone Hill Trail (diverted)
A trail notice is in effect
A short diversion is in place. Please follow all on-site signage.
Up through beautiful woods to heather hills and superb views from the top of Millstone Hill.
A very steep, rough and rocky trail, with large steps and roots. Generally narrow, and has a narrow timber walkway. Can be wet and muddy.
Allow 2½ hours
There are superb 360-degree views from the top of Millstone Hill, taking in the main bulk of Bennachie to the north and the River Don to the south.
Mither Tap Heather Brig
This grand, adventurous route crosses Millstone Hill and onto the landmark of the Mither Tap. Stunning views.
A very steep, rough and rocky trail, with large steps and roots. Generally narrow, and has a narrow timber walkway. Can be muddy.
Allow 4 hours
As you cross the valley at Heather Brig, between the two peaks, there’s a great view stretching out to the west along Lord’s Throat. Our suggested time is for a return trip from Donview, but with two cars you could come down from Mither Tap to Bennachie Centre.
Big days out
The hill routes from Donview are superb. It’s a popular base for expeditions with two cars, walking over Millstone Hill and the Mither Tap between Donview and Bennachie Centre.
Remember that the weather can change quickly in the hills, even in summer. Our advice about hillwalking will help you prepare.
Facilities and access
There are places to eat in Monymusk and Inverurie. The nearest public toilets are at Bennachie Centre and in Inverurie.
Car parking information
There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.
From Monymusk, head north on a minor road towards Pitfichie. After about 1 mile (1.6 km), turn right at a cross roads and follow signs for ‘Chapel of Garioch’ and Lord’s Throat’. After about ¾ mile (1.2 km) take a left turn signposted ‘Donview Forest Walks’. The car park about 1 ½ miles (2.4 km) along this road, at grid reference NJ 672 189.
Nearest postcode: AB51 7JE
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