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Bennachie, Inverurie AB51 5HX, UK
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Hike to the top of Bennachie Chapel of Garioch  United Kingdom

Hike to the top of Bennachie

Bennachie may not be tall (at 528 meters, it doesn't even qualify as a mountain), but surrounded by Aberdeenshire's flatlands its iconic Mither Tap peak can be seen for miles.

From the top, past fields of gold and green, the hard blue line of the North Sea glitters to the east. To the northwest the Cairngorms' snowcapped peaks stretch as far as the eye can see. Wander about the granite rocks and you'll feel like you're on the moon, with buzzards and boulders bigger than giants' tombstones the only diversion in this windswept scene of land and sky.

Need to impress at an Aberdeen dinner party? Make the hike through Bennachie's mossy woods and heather hills to Mither Tap in the afternoon (the top is just a 50-minute hike from the Visitor Centre near Chapel of Garioch, and the drive there takes less than an hour from town), then tell everyone what Bennachie is actually Gaellic for (hint: this one's a bit of a boob).