3 Hills

Today’s primary task is bike set-up, adjusting gears, suspension and breaks on another bike I’ve recently acquired. It’s my first full-suspension MTB, so out testing how it handles both up and downhill too – Tullos Hill should do.

First round the rocky beach path, I watch the bow wave of this boat to see if any dolphins are tempted in, but no sign today. Haven’t seen any in ages now :-(

Bow and fairground wheel

Bow and fairground wheel

Oystercatchers and gulls keeping themselves to themselves

Oystercatchers and gulls on the harbour wall

Oystercatchers and gulls on the harbour wall

The pebble section and some of the rocky bits at Nigg Bay that normally need a hike are negotiable with rear suspension. I stop for a minute to study some plants, this bird (Rock Pippit) isn’t shy.

Coastal Rock Pippit Nigg Bay

Coastal Rock Pippit Nigg Bay

A boat scuds across the bay.. wait.. wait.. CLICK. Thanks for waiting birdy!

Nigg Bay bird and fishing boat

Nigg Bay bird and fishing boat

Back to the plants. Thrift in full bloom. In Gaelic it is known as tonna chladaich, meaning ‘beach wave’

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Armeria maritima

I think this is Black Mustard (Brassica nigra) the seeds can be used to cook

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Black Mustard

Ragged Robin (Silene flos-cuculi)

Ragged Robin

Ragged Robin

I think this might be Scottish Lovage, which is edible. I’m not sure, so leave it be other than one sprig to try and identify later

Scottish lovage

Scottish lovage

Chap out on a paddle board. I’ve no idea if this is the same as a windsurfer one without a sail or not, or why you would do this rather than a kayak. I guess you get a better view point and can possibly ‘surf’ as well as paddle, though you’re probably going to fall off occasionally

Nigg Bay paddle boarder

Nigg Bay paddle boarder

 

Climbing up to the top of Tullos Hill a buzzard taking a post break.

Tullos Hill buzzard

Tullos Hill buzzard

 

Up near the top there’s a load of cotton puffs – Bog Cotton – Eriophorum angustifolium

Tullos Hill bog cotton

Tullos Hill bog cotton

Looking down closer into the moss, it’s like a wee alien forest

Tullos Hill micro flora

Tullos Hill micro flora

The wee podded stalks are Polytrichum strictum otherwise known as Bog haircap moss

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I thought swallows flew constantly. This couple have stopped briefly from swooping on insects to have an argument and a sulk

Resting Swallows

Resting Swallows

Those flies ain’t gonna eat themselves

Swallow away

Swallow away

First white petals of Lady’s Smock flowers showing, in a few weeks this will be a white sea

Looking back from Tullos Hill top

Looking back from Tullos Hill top

Zooming out to sea

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Up onto Kincorth Hill, Nigg Kirk peeping through foliage

Nigg kirk from Kincorth Hill

Nigg kirk from Kincorth Hill

Went down a couple paths I’d not been before. Noticed this metal impression on a rock, I guess there must be others, perhaps covering other plants / wildlife?

Bronze fern on Kincorth Hill rock

Bronze fern on Kincorth Hill rock

After descending I headed along the road and up Tollohill to complete the trio of hills bordering Aberdeen’s South side

Dee bridge from Tollohill

Dee bridge from Tollohill

Found a couple hidden paths with evidence of MTB activities, didn’t switch on strava so unfortunately had to wait for another time to see if there was a segment. Headed back down towards the river. The end of the path leads through the Beannachar Camphill community.

Path down to Beannachar

Path down to Beannachar

It’s a nice leafy environment

Beannachar old lampost

Beannachar old lampost

 

Beannachar trail

Beannachar trail

In one of the woods there, a massive fallen tree’s roots and branches look like the ribs of some ancient beast

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Big old pines casting shade. Had a nosey around Banchory Devenick house – major building works going on and the pond there drained, not much to see

Beannachar pines

Beannachar pines

Heading back into town had a look along The Dee,banks to see if there was a bike navigable path at this point on the South bank (couldn’t see one).  Spotted this poor old house right on the banks. It’s vicinity would lead me to believe it probably got flooded earlier in the year when it was very high.

Boarded up house on The Dee

Boarded up house on The Dee

The garden still has a flower or two

Dee poppy

Dee poppy

Heading back into town, the road was blocked by a bunch of Neds, one who had a mountain bike. “Hehmin ya want to race” er.. ok then…boom.. 1-o moab 😉

 

 

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