Path closures and project updates

On this page you can view details of path closures and updates on path project works in Aberdeenshire:

Path closures

A number of health and safety issues remain at council sites following extensive storm damage in winter 2021/22. We have cleared a number of sites and they are now open to the public again, however we advise you to avoid the sites listed below until further notice. Works to make these sites safe is due to take place in the coming months.

If you need to contact us regarding any path closures you can email outdoor.access@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or call 0345 6081204.

The public are advised to avoid: 

  • Gauchhill, Kintore
  • Meadows Plantation, Huntly
  • Battlehill Wood, Huntly
  • Clearhill Woods, Aberchirder

There are many other non-council owned or managed sites and woodlands in Aberdeenshire which have been impacted by the storms. When accessing any site ensure you follow any local signage. Further information on other areas is available from Forest and Land Scotland, National Trust for Scotland and Cairngorms National Park Authority.  

Please take care when exercising access rights, and remember that the outdoors cannot be made risk-free. All members of the public should act with care at all times to ensure the safety of yourself and others. 

Aberdeenshire Coastal Path

Following damage caused by extreme weather, sections of coast path have become difficult, and in some cases dangerous, to use. The council is reviewing the condition of these paths and therefore not currently promoting the Aberdeenshire Coastal Path.

Sandend to Cullen

We have had to close a section of the coastal path between Sandend and Findlater Castle due to landslips. This section of path will remain closed until further notice. The path between Findlater Castle and Sunnyside beach is passable with care, dependent on seasonal conditions. Potential path users are advised to assess conditions on a day-to-day basis. Findlater Castle is still accessible from Barnyards of Findlater car park. 

Loch of Strathbeg Core Path Bridge closure

The bridge over The Cut at Loch of Strathbeg has been closed for repairs. This section of the Coastal Path / Core Path is temporarily closed at The Cut as no local diversion is available. For details of alternative routes within the reserve please contact the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) directly or refer to their website.

Ellon Viaduct

Please be aware that due to the risk of falling masonry the areas directly under the Ellon Viaduct arches have been closed to through access. The Formartine and Buchan Way and Core Paths around Ellon remain open, and we would encourage continued use of these routes. Please observe all warning signs and barriers.

Deeside Way

Heavy rainfall has damaged a short section of the Deeside Way 300m west of Deeside Gliding Club near Aboyne. The route is passable but users should take care. We are looking to instigate repair work as soon as we can.

Bridge replacements on the Formartine and Buchan Way

Funded by a significant Nestrans application to Transport Scotland, a programme of upgrades will run from November 2022 to March 2023 to replace five bridges on the Formartine and Buchan Way.

The phase one worksite will cover three bridge replacements over the Ebrie Burn near Auchnagatt, estimated to take around three months in total to complete. A section of the route between Ellon and Auchnagatt will be temporarily closed to enable works to proceed safely, with completion expected by end March 2023.

Early 2023 two bridges will be upgraded between Udny Station and Ellon.

During construction, machinery will be working at various locations on the line and the safety of the public and that of the construction team is paramount. We request that everyone observes all safety signs and avoids entering the construction site areas.