New book about North-east footpath

A new book has been produced about the Formartine and Buchan Way, called Walking the Line.

Written by Janet M McLeman and published by the Great North of Scotland Railway Association, it is a mix of railway memorabilia, local history and natural history.

Walking the Line: A Curious Walkers guide to the Formartine and Buchan Way describes what can be seen on and near the Way.

The route is the long-distance footpath following the disused railway line linking the fishing ports of Fraserburgh and Peterhead with Aberdeen.

It traverses the heartlands of rural Aberdeenshire, a land of prehistoric monuments, medieval castles, ruined churches and abbeys, scenes of ferocious religious conflicts, Jacobite strongholds, abandoned mills, the planned villages and elegant mansions of the improving lairds and the only hill carvings in Scotland.

A valuable wildlife corridor, the Way is now a rich habitat for wild flowers, birds and mammals.

The book will be of interest to those who recall the days before the closure of the line as well as those who enjoy its recreational facilities.

The author will be at a book signing at Ellon’s Better Read Books on Saturday, July 18, from 1-3 pm.