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 a large number of 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. 

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.

Muchalls Bay path

Muchalls Bay path is close following significant landslips in August 2020 and ongoing erosion issues. We are assessing options for repair with the landowner.