The Durris loop is a nice run for summer evenings and offers some splendid views across the Aberdeenshire countryside. Although there is a reasonable amount of climb there is nothing too steep so feels not too bad. The hardest part of this route is probably in the finding of the car park.
The route starts off heading uphill through the trees in what is called Stathie Wood. You actually go through or past several woods in the overall area of Durris forest.
A long loop takes you arond the small hill of Strathgyle and this is nice and easy running, but there are lots of forest roads heading off in all sorts of directions so make sure you have your map. The loop is partly out in the open and partly within the trees.
The steepest part of the route occurs just after the
7 Kmsmark which takes you to the top of Cairn-mon-earn where there are several masts and a fire observation point. It's about
1.5 Kmsfrom the path junction up to the top, but this part can be ignored if you want to save the additional
3 Kmsup and down. We do recommend the effort though as the views are worth it.
Heading back from the top and into the woods again. The woods do open up again although there is not too much to see and this is a nice easy descent. You soon arrive at the small country road at a place with the strange name of Craigs of the Slugs. Where do they thinkg these up from. The country road section is less than one Km and you are soon back into the trees running along the base of the small hill Mundernal. You are right on the edge of the forest on this section.
You soon arrive back at the road heading up from the car park. A left turn then downhill all the way to the car park. There is nothing on offer here in terms of cafes or shops, but the small town of Banchory is close by.
From the car park take the path heading uphill
Keep straight on
Take the path to the right
Cross the path and keep striaght on
Turn right at the tee
The road now starts to head around the hill
Follow the path to the right
Take the left path at the fork
Turn right up the hill
Turn right at the fork
Turn left to visit the top of the hill. Can be ignored
Take in the view then back down the hill
Turn left at the bottom of the hill
Turn left at the tee
Turn right onto short section of tarred single country road
Turn back into the woods at the small car park
Turn left at the tee, heading downhill torwards the car park
And finish at the car park
The hidden car park
This is the so easy to miss entrance to the Durris Forest car park
Looping round the hill
Looping round the hill
Running into the evening sunshine
Road to the top
Looking away from the top
View from the top
In the woods
Hairy things !