6 Great Dog Walks in Aberdeen
These are some of our favourite places to go walking with dogs in Aberdeen. Our dogs don’t really seem to care that much, as long as they get out and about, and I know our furry friends just want the lead on and out the front door, but that special reaction when we go somewhere different that they like, is something to behold.
1 – Aberdeen Beach / Links
Going to the beach is something dogs either love or hate. Most dogs I know, have absolutely loved rolling around in the sand and paddling/swimming in the North Sea. There are plenty of things to do down there, but even though there is a leisure centre / ice rink / cinema and a raft of shopping options these days, there isn’t much that’s dog friendly, unless you sit outside for an ice cream or visit the pets at home store beside the ASDA.
The walk is fab though. If you start at the Fittee end (Footdee) beside the toilet block on the boulevard, and walk right to the Bridge of Don Brig and back, it’s an 8km walk in total, which is not to be sniffed at. Be aware that the centre portion of the beach on the sand, no longer allows dogs, but if the tide is out, there are plenty options for sea dipping those doggie trotters. If you are unlucky and the tide is in, there is usually a spot behind the toilets at Fittee, where there is a pocket of sand, but it fills up quick in nice weather.
2 – Duthie Park / Riverside Drive
There is a lot of great walking in this area. In the actual park itself, there’s a large open space with a central bandstand area. The park is ideal for throwing balls and frisbees for dogs on a quiet day, but days/times of days can make this part a nice quite walk, or a very loud and busy one.
The park opened to the public by Miss Duthie, hence the name, in 1883, and has a couple of ponds as well as fab play areas for kids. In the indoor winter gardens, there are lots of exotic plants, but dogs seem to no longer be allowed indoors. If you haven’t visited for a decade or two, you might be disappointed with that.
Along Riverside Drive, there’s a good walk from the parking slot at the Bridge of Dee, which allows us to walk along the riverside to as far as Torry, with the Duthie Park as a stop off halfway along. It’s a tempting spot for dogs to launch themselves into the water, however there are a couple of steep spots on the bank of the river, so it’s a good idea to only trust a very good recall for dogs off lead.
3 – Old Deeside Railway Line
The old Deeside Railway Line starts just at the back of the Duthie Park, at the Polmuir Road entrance, just behind the winter gardens. It’s straight from the back car park and allows us to walk our animals to Drumoak in a fairly swift timeframe, with portions that also allow for continuing to Banchory, Aboyne and Ballater. The Deeside Way, also known as the Old Deeside Line, has it’s own dedicated website, you can visit, and some reviews on Tripadvisor.
4 – Hazlehead Park
Hazlehead has a lovely wooded walk, with lots to do when walking a dog. You are not simply limited to the actual park itself, which has so many things available, that it’s difficult to even start.
Aberdeen City Council have created a Hazlehead Park Trail and Guide Leaflet, which tells us all we need to know. There’s a map of the route used by the Saturday morning Park Run 5k fans. There are 4 running and walking routes in total, and are all well worth a visit. Avoid Saturday mornings if you want it to be a little quieter.
5 – Kincorth Hill Walking Route
Kincorth isn’t the obvious choice when it comes to walking routes, and thankfully, it’s been well marked by our local council, with an easy map to follow. It heads from Tullos to Nigg, and has been helpfully planned in an easy to follow diagram here. There are three routes, red, yellow and blue, ranging from 1.5 – 3.5 km long. The Coutryside Ranger Service sometimes offers tours of the area.
6 – Brimmond Hill Walking Route
You’ll find the map to do the Brimmond Hill walk here. With three access points from Kingswells and the car park at Brimmond Country Park, on the path to Elrick Hill, there is a range of walks up to 6km long, and plenty to keep dogs happy, as well as picnic benches on every option, for the walker to stop and have a break. Good views of Aberdeen on a clear day, there’s a direct line of sight to the North Sea. The Coutryside Ranger Service sometimes offers tours of the area.