Six-mile Tarland Way route to open

The Tarland Way, due to be officially opened on June 23.
The Tarland Way, due to be officially opened on June 23.

A new 10k cycle/walking route between Tarland and Aboyne, called The Tarland Way, will be officially opened at 11am on June 23, by the Countess of Aboyne.

An opening event has been organised to encourage as many people as possible to walk or cycle the route from Aboyne to Tarland, with free refreshments provided in the MacRobert Hall, Tarland.

The route starts at the entrance to the Kemsley Green housing development in Aboyne, where the new six-mile route follows the line of the Aboyne to Tarland road. It then crosses the road and winds down to the new bridge across the Tarland Burn, where walkers and cyclists should assemble for the opening ceremony.

The track then continues through scenic and varied countryside until it reaches the Coull road, near Coull Manse. The remainder of the route is along the quiet Coull road into Tarland.

The Tarland Way was a project initiated by Tarland Development Group and undertaken and managed by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust (COAT) with generous funding from Aberdeenshire Council, Leader Two, The MacRobert Trust, the Scottish Climate Challenge Fund and the Scottish Government.

A very informative illustrated booklet, created by TDG members, describing aspects of local history, agriculture, natural history and geology along the route will be for sale and a free leaflet for children will also be available. Flyers providing a map of the route and details of the event will be available locally.

A free shuttle bus service will be available between 10.15am and 4pm. Buses will leave Tarland at 10.15am taking walkers to the start point in Aboyne.

Thereafter, there will be a frequent service to transport walkers back to their starting point with an additional pickup at the halfway point near Coull Manse.

There is no designated parking along the walk but there is ample parking in Aboyne from where it is possible to follow The Deeside Way from the Victory Hall to the start of The Tarland Way at Kemsley Green.

Cyclists, and walkers of all ages with or without buggies or dogs are all welcome for a fun day out along The Tarland Way.