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Meikle Balloch Hill Circuit, near Keith, Moray

By Tracy Chalmers, founder of Tracy Goes Outside adventure blog

Start: Balloch forestry car park near Keith.

Distance: Four miles.

Time: Allow one-and-a-half to two hours.

Terrain: Easy with some elevation. Mainly forestry roads. Downhill section is uneven in parts.

Level: Suitable for most.

Access: Arrive by car. To reach the car park, turn up Bridge Street from Keith and follow the road until you come to a parking area after approximately two miles. The postcode is AB55 5NT.

What makes it special: A picturesque forest walk coupled with breath-taking panoramic summit views.

THE Meikle Balloch Hill overlooks Keith and on a clear day you can see the hill path from the town. It is a beautiful and peaceful walk through the forest and once you get out of the woods and among the heather, the views of Moray and Aberdeenshire are incredible.

HeraldScotland: Views around the Meikle Balloch Hill Circuit, near Keith, Moray. Picture: Tracy ChalmersViews around the Meikle Balloch Hill Circuit, near Keith, Moray. Picture: Tracy Chalmers

Route: At the car park you will see an information board. To the right of the board there is a blue-marked post at the start of a narrow path into the trees. Follow this path for about 200 yards. You will come to a forestry road, take a right here and then keep on this road.

There are some nice views of the countryside through the trees as you pass along this section. After about three-quarters of a mile, there is a fork to the right; ignore this and continue on. The road does gently climb here but nothing too taxing.

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You will pass a Scottish Water reservoir and the Balloch Quarry. Not long after passing the quarry there is a signpost for Coachford; ignore this if you wish to proceed directly on the planned route.

But, for those with the time and inclination, it is well-worth a brief detour. About 20 yards along the Coachford turn off, there is a small pond to the left where dragonflies can often be spotted.

HeraldScotland: Views around the Meikle Balloch Hill Circuit, near Keith, Moray. Picture: Tracy ChalmersViews around the Meikle Balloch Hill Circuit, near Keith, Moray. Picture: Tracy Chalmers

Back on the main track, about 80 yards further on from the Coachford signpost, there is a turn to the left. Take this road and head further up the hill where it will begin to get a bit steeper. Keep on this road. There are plenty of great views on the way up where the trees have been felled.

Less than a mile along this stretch, the road will narrow as you come out of the trees and reach a fork with two paths. Take the path to the right. This will take you up to the summit and trig point where 360-degree views of Moray and Aberdeenshire await.

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After enjoying the views, it is time to descend. Take the path to the right. Once you are back in the woods, the path will zigzag before coming to a straight downhill section that can be quite uneven.

You will then reach a crossroads, take a left here and this will bring you back onto the forestry road. After a short stretch, you will come to the last fork in the road. Take a right which will take you back to the gate at the car park.

HeraldScotland: Views around the Meikle Balloch Hill Circuit, near Keith, Moray. Picture: Tracy ChalmersViews around the Meikle Balloch Hill Circuit, near Keith, Moray. Picture: Tracy Chalmers

Don't miss: Pop into Boat ‘N’ Barn at Reidhaven Square in nearby Keith. This cafe is an excellent pit stop for soup, sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks. Call 01542 880381.

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Useful information: Check out the Tracy Goes Outside adventure blog, visit tracygoesoutside.com and facebook.com/tracygoesoutside

Do you have a walk you would like to suggest? Email susan.swarbrick@theherald.co.uk