Aberdeenshire Walk, Shire, Noth o' Tap, #48walks

Aberdeenshire Walk (10/48)

March Walk Aberdeenshire, Tap o Noth, #48walks

I promise to make up for all my winter whining about the weather by being ridiculously happy about all the days full of skies this blue.

Yesterday at church, Simon’s sweet teacher told us we needed to enjoy days like these because they are so few and far between, so we spent every possible minute yesterday afternoon under these sweeping blue skies.

Aberdeenshire Walk, Shire, Tap o' Noth, #48walks

We climbed to the tops of two different hills and I don’t know why but I am still surprised to find the remains of ancient fortresses on so many of Scotland’s hilltops. Crazy winds make me wonder if the structures were for hiding from the elements or defending one’s land. Or both.

We use them to hide from the wind and imagine our own battles.

Aberdeenshire Walk, Shire, Dunnideer, #48walks

Loads more photos of this walk on Google+

PS Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! New piece about Ireland on Medium this week! And loads more on Ireland in the archives. We are super excited that we will be walking in Ireland again over our Easter Holidays!


  1. Is that Old Slains Castle?

    1. No, that last shot is Dunnideer Fort. We hiked to Old Slains Castle last week though! Photos of that walk here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+AlisonChino/albums/5989170281856826929

  2. Where is this? I live in Aberdeen (american expat as well), so always curious where things are!

    1. How fun Erin! The top two shots are from a hike to Tap o’ Noth and the bottom shot is Dunnideer Fort. Both hikes are kind of close to Bennachie. Here’s a link we used to find them: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/aberdeenshire/huntly.shtml (We use that website weekly!)

  3. What a beautiful blue sky! Love your photos. That first one reminds me of ‘Christina’s World’ by Andrew Wyeth. We’re having blowing snow today. Enjoy your part of the world! 😉

    1. Thanks so much!! I need to check that out!

  4. So beautiful, Alison!

    1. Thanks so much!! We’re having a lovely spring for walking! Cold, but gorgeous!!

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