(Time: approx. 1 1/2 hrs)
From the Tourist Office, turn left up Seafield Street. Take the A98 out of town. Turn 1st right on to B9018 (signed Keith/Deskford). Continue for 2.3 miles (3.7km). Turn right at sign Hill of Maud. Continue for 1.3 miles (2.09km) until you reach a forest gate on your right.
This is signed PRIVATE ROAD - NO ENTRY TO UNAUTHORISED VEHICLES. Park beside the gate, not in front of it.
Follow forest track for 200 yds (183m). Pass a track on your right and continue left until you reach a bridge over a burn. Cross this and you come to an intersection. Turn left, climbing past mature Scots Pine. The road levels out. Turn left and continue climbing along a stony track past gnarled old Scots Pines. Look out for Pine Martens, Squirrels, Crossbills and various wild flowers. Once out of the trees, there is heather all the way to the summit where there is a Triangulation Point and Cairn.
To the North lie the hills of Caithness and Sutherland. The distinctive conical outline of Mt. Morven - at 2,313ft.(706m) - is easy to spot. Looking East, you can see Portsoy and Troup Head. To the South East lies the bulk of Knock Hill at 1,410ft (430m). The Cairngorm Mountains lie to the South West. Looking westwards along the Moray Coast you can see the curve of the bay at Lossiemouth. Below you lie Cullen, the viaducts, Cullen House and the Auld Kirk.
Retrace your steps for the return journey.