Inchmarlo is set in the beautiful countryside of Royal Deeside. We have our own extensive grounds to explore, a Walled Garden, ancient trees, colourful plants, shrubs and flowers, but for something a little more energetic here’s our guide to a hike up Scolty Hill.
Hiking Scolty Hill, Aberdeenshire

Escape outdoors…

This 300 metre hillside is only three miles from Inchmarlo, and it works for a multiple of ages, from children to retirees. It provides a great day out for our homeowners, or a family expedition when children and grandchildren come to visit.
Mobility is required, but it’s a scenic and tranquil half hour/45 minute walk to the summit, before a return journey along clearly marked trails. The shorter, yellow, Craigloch trail is 1.5 miles. The slightly longer, red, March trail is 2.5 miles.

Sights & Sounds

At the top is an unexpected reward. Take in the views over town, down the Dee, to the neighbouring hillside of Clachnaben, and over to Bennachie. But there’s more, Scolty is also home to a quirky tower for hikers to explore.

The tower was built in the 19th century as a monument to General William Burnett who fought with Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars. Ascend the modern spiral staircase inside to reach the top. Here, a wire fence provides safety for all, and the views are that little bit more rewarding.In terms of foliage, look out for tall larch, conifer and pine trees, wild heather and blaeberries. Wildlife enthusiasts can keep an eye out for cuckoos, woodpeckers, roe deer and red squirrels in the undergrowth.

Make sure you bring snacks, water and even a tempting picnic to celebrate at the top. Supplies can be picked up in Banchory, which has a mix of supermarkets and cafés, but a simple flask of soup and a slice of bread never tastes so good as after a hike. Do get active in Aberdeenshire, it’s definitely worth it.

The Deeside Way

Hiking Scolty Hill, Aberdeenshire

Views from the top of Scolty Hill

The Deeside way runs through Scolty. This is a peaceful route between Aberdeen and Ballater, popular for jogging, cycling and horseriding.


Hiking Scolty Hill, Aberdeenshire

Don’t forget water. Exercise is thirsty work.

-Parking is available at the base of the hill. Costs are currently £1 for up to 1 hour, £1.50 for up to 3 hours, and £2 as a day rate.

-Toilets – the nearest public toilets are located in Banchory at the Bellfield car park.

-Ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing and sensible footwear. Hillsides are exposed and the weather can change rapidly, so wet weather gear (either warm or lightweight, depending on the season) is advisable.

-Remember to pack the suncream. On a bright day the wind may make things feel cool, but it’s remarkably easy to burn in this weather. Slap it on!

-Bring any medication you may need.

-Don’t forget water. Exercise is thirsty work.

-Even though this is a relatively gentle hike, do let people know where you’re headed, and when you hope to be home, especially if hiking alone.

At Inchmarlo we love the peace and quiet of our country location, and we encourage our active residents to make the most of the beauty on their doorstep.
Today Inchmarlo consists of over 190 houses and apartments and a 52 bed care home designated Grade 4 by the Care Inspectorate. If you or your relatives have any questions about Inchmarlo please contact Dawn Ronaldson on 01330 824981. We’d happily give you a guided tour, send a brochure or answer any queries. – Where gracious living comes naturally…
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