Pressendye Walk Report


As two walks were cancelled because of storms and flooding, members of Blairgowrie and District hillwalking club were keen to get to get out on the hills in better weather. The club selected an area not often frequented by the club, around Tarland, Aberdeenshire for a skyline walk on a broad ridge on moorland tracks and paths over rolling hills. Although numbers were depleted by illness, all the walkers enjoyed a grand day out, with everyone completing the A walk. The day was rounded off with an excellent stop in Tarland Tearoom for coffee and cakes.

The walkers started north of Ballater and headed south-east, over Baderonach hill to Lazy Well where they had their “elevenses” by one of the lochans. Suitably refreshed, the walkers headed due east over Green Hill, and Broom Hill to Pressendye a “Graham”. Here they enjoyed panoramic views to the snow-capped Cairngorms, over Strathdon and towards Mt Keen and Clachnaben.

On the way, they spied a solitary raptor soaring above, and some colourful mosses and lichens. At the summit they took advantage of the shelter cairn for another picnic stop before starting their descent through Pittendreich forest to Tarland. Whereas they only met one small group of fellow walkers on the rolling ridge, there were many more walkers and mountain bikers above Tarland. Indeed, there was an abundance of new trails for mountain biking making route selection slightly tricky.

The next walk is our Christmas meet on 10 December 2023, walking part of the Cateran Trail from Ballintuim to Blairgowrie. See here for full details of our Christmas Walk.