The HDT project to provide a long-awaited addition to Huntly’s walking infrastructure is complete.


The 765-metre Portsoy Road footpath along the B9022 between the Gibston Bridge and The Castle Hotel road end has been laid. Relocation of the existing crash barrier at the bridge to create room for the remaining 40 metres of path was completed in the latter stages of the project.  A celebratory opening of the footpath was held to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 3rd June 2012.  A mass walk around the new “Jubilee Path” was attended by members of the community, led by Huntly & District Pipe Band, and joined in the home straight by Brazilian samba band, Supersambacollider


The footpath provides a safe, circular route around the town and easier pedestrian access to the Forestry Commission’s walks in the Bin Forest. During and since completion a steady stream of walkers of all ages have been spotted enjoying the new path.


HDT commissioned Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust to manage the construction work. CR Contracting built the main section of path and Aberdeenshire Council undertook the specialist works at the crash barrier.


Scottish Natural Heritage, Aberdeenshire Council, LEADER, Forestry Commission Scotland and a contribution from Planning Gain funded the project.


HDT Development Manager, Donald Boyd, is pleased with the progress made. “This missing section of footpath has featured in almost every community consultation in recent years and as a local walker I understand that. We are really grateful to our funders and the nearby residents for their cooperation in making this project happen. Both CR Contracting and Aberdeenshire Council have done an excellent job and we were lucky with the weather allowing completion ahead of schedule.”