PLANS to build a footpath that will link Banchory with Aboyne have been unveiled.
Aberdeenshire Council Planning and Environmental Services have applied for full planning permission to build a footpath parallel to the A93 from Bridge of Potarch to Kincardine O'Neil.
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said the path will be the missing piece in the Deeside Way jigsaw.
He said: "The Deeside Way aims to link the local communities and local path networks along the Deeside Valley by creating a safe and pleasant long distance multi-user path between Aberdeen and Ballater.
"Considerable work has been undertaken on the project over the last four years with sections of the route now complete from Aberdeen to Banchory and Aboyne to Ballater.
"This authority's application to develop the section of path between Potarch and Kincardine O' Neil is part of a phased programme to complete the missing link between Banchory and Aboyne.
"The works are to be funded by Aberdeenshire Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and Sustrans and in cooperation with the local landowner, Kincardine Estate."
Interested parties have until November 20 to make representations about the plans which are available online at: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/apps/detail.asp?ref_no=APP/2008/3689.