Keeping active in the winter months can sometimes slip to the bottom of the to-do list and feel like a bit of a slog. Make the most of the crisp outdoor weather and utilise your time off work or studying by planning some winter walks.

We are fortunate enough to live in a beautiful part of the world, with rolling countryside and open space on our doorstep. This all makes for the perfect exercise backdrop. Keeping fit doesn’t necessarily mean you have to run a marathon or pitch up in the gym for hours on end, although we do have a fantastic membership offer, click here to sign up and get your first month free!

Walking is a great way to keep fit; you can catch up with friends or escape the inevitable Christmas chaos, all whilst burning up to 103 calories with just a 20-minute walk.

Have a look at our take on the perfect winter walks around Aberdeenshire for some seasonal inspiration.

Bennachie

Try the Rowan Tree walk for an easier winter wonderland experience. However if you are feeling adventurous then hit up the more adventurous Mither Tap route! Have a look here for more information, how to get there and route information.

Snow walk

Loch of Skene

This really is an ‘all-rounder’ of a walk. Family friendly and boasting spectacular landscape views, perfect for budding photographers. If you are lucky enough this is also a great wildlife watching spot, making Loch of Skene the ideal Christmas day out! Have a look here for more information, how to get there and route information.

Winter walk

Loch Muick

Head out on a historic adventure and explore the impressive grounds of Balmoral Estate with breath-taking views of waterfalls, bound to be in full flow during the winter months! Have a look here for more information, how to get there and route information.

Winter walk

Dunnottar Castle

Head along this well marked costal path for some incredible views of the impressive ruined fortress and enjoy a relaxed road walk for your return. Have a look here for more information, how to get there and route information.

Winter wonderland