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Glenbuchat lies about 45 miles east of Aberdeen in Upper Donside, and is well situated to offer visitors a wide variety of interesting and historical places to explore, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.

For general information on a wide range of activities, check out these websites: At time of publishing all the following website links were active. We cannot be held responsible for changes to third-party web sites, over which we have no control, and which may invalidate some website links below.

Lying within the Cairngorm National Park, there is a wealth of information to be found on its website.

We are also neighbours to the Glenlivet Estate which has a wide range of activities detailed on its website.

Walking and Climbing

The Strathdon area has a number of walks of different distances and varying degrees of difficulty. A list of all local walks can be found at:

Information about two annual walking festivals will be found at:

Moray Walking Festival -

Tomintoul Walking Festival -

The Cairngorm Park has a whole range of climbing available from snow and ice to summer rock of all grades, and Lochnagar above Balmoral, is not far away - please visit


You will see roe deer, hare and pheasants in the fields around Belnaboth East and the stoat may even put in an appearance. Lots of small birds visit the garden, but look out for the osprey which occasionally flies over the woods to the front of the cottage. As you are driving up the A93 between Glenshee ski centre and Braemar, look up to the tops of the hills on the right for red deer and watch out for Grouse which may be sitting by the roadside as you drive from Crathie to Gairnshiel - please visit


Although there are no distilleries in Upper Donside, it is only a short drive to Speyside and the Malt Whisky Trail  

Or on your way north you can visit the Royal Lochnagar Distillery beside Balmoral Castle

Or visit the Whisky Castle in Tomintoul and sample a few different brands -

There are also Whisky Festivals on Speyside in spring and autumn - Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival


The north-east of Scotland is steeped in history and the best way to learn about that is to visit its castles in Visit Scotland’s Castle Trail. You can download the brochure online -

Not included in this trail is our local castle at Glenbuchat, which is owned by Historic Scotland.

And of particular archaeological interest is the Doune of Invernochty, seen as you enter the village of Bellabeg from Corgarff – a 12th century ‘motte and bailey’ castle, of which only earthworks survive.

Galleries & Museums

We can count one of the most remote galleries in the country as a neighbour.  The Lost Gallery is reached by driving a couple of miles up the Glenbuchat road at the Bellabeg Spar shop -    

At Corgarff you will find Gerard Murphy Photography, whose studio is open from March to October. Here you can view his wonderful collection of landscape and travel photographs from around the world.

In Tomintoul you will find A’anside Studios, and the Tomintoul Gallery -  

Alford has two very interesting museums to visit:

The Grampian Transport Museum which has a very full events programme throughout the year -  and the Alford Heritage Centre, situated in the former Auction Mart building, showcasing rural life throughout the ages

Highland Games & Agricultural Shows

Strathdon is famous for the Lonach Highland Gathering and Games held every August in the Bellabeg Park just across from the shop. On the day of the Games, the Lonach men set off early in the morning and march through Strathdon stopping off at a number of the large houses for a ‘wee dram’ before parading into the Park. It is a wonderful sight to see this large army of local men in Highland dress, led by their own pipe band -       

Second to the Lonach Games is perhaps the Braemar Gathering, always held on the first Saturday in September, and famously attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family -

There are many more Highland Games events held within the north east: -

The Grampian region is also home to many Agricultural Shows, often held on weekdays, as opposed to weekends. Two of the most popular are the Turriff Show and the Keith Show, both held at the beginning of August -

The annual Taste of Grampian at the Thainstone Mart in Inverurie in June is well worth a visit where you can sample and purchase a fantastic range of Scottish produce, and watch cookery demonstrations by well-known chefs, like Lady Claire Macdonald and Nick Nairn .


We are only 12 miles from the Lecht Ski Centre which offers mountain biking and Deval Karts in the summer months.

A few miles further on at Glenlivet you will find the Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails offering 5 trails with differing degrees of difficulty. You can download the brochure from their website -

On your drive north, you can also stop off at the Glenshee Ski Centre, which offers mountain biking in July and August.


There are a number of golf courses within driving distance of the cottage, eg. at Aboyne, Alford, Ballater, Banchory, Insch, Kemnay, Lumphanan, Tarland, Torphins -


The River Don is widely considered to be one of the finest brown trout rivers in Europe, as well as having a good reputation for salmon and sea trout. Permits for fishing for salmon and trout in the River Don are available from the local hotel, currently priced at £15 per day. This covers a 9 mile beat.

The brown trout season runs from 1st April to 30th September. The salmon season runs from 11th February to 31st October.

All you need to know can be seen at the ‘Fishing the Fly in Aberdeenshire’ website -

Situated about 10 miles away, between Kildrummy and Lumsden, is the Mossat Trout Fishery, where you can fish for rainbow trout -     

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