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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

Find out more about path closures in Aberdeenshire. For further information email outdoor.access@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or call 0345 6081204.

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. We are assessing options for repair.

Project updates

Deeside Way

We have completed significant surface upgrades to two sections of the Deeside Way between Aboyne and Ballater. A further section between Milton of Crathes and Banchory is due for upgrade in Spring 2021. This work is being funded by Nestrans.

Formartine and Buchan Way

As of 26th April 2021, a significant surface upgrade project for the Formartine and Buchan Way will take place on the sections within Ellon town. We expect works to take approximately 6 weeks. Funding for this work is being provided by Nestrans from the Regional Transport Partnership Active Travel Grant from Transport Scotland.