Rich in scenic beauty and places of interest, Upper Donside offers relaxed motoring and peaceful surroundings. The opportunities for fishing on the Don are superb. Pony trekking and hillwalking deserve particular mention, and in winter there is excellent skiing. All around there are castles, gardens and museums waiting to be explored and nature waiting to be enjoyed. Ospreys feed on the Don and buzzards and even eagles can be observed. Red deer are common and herons and otters are to be seen in the river.


Lecht Cafe

Lecht Ski Centre Corgarff.

Scotland's premier family ski area, providing excellent facilities for all abilities with the highest standard of tuition and service. Good food and drink, and Highland hospitality in the licensed day lodge.

019756 51440

Goodbrand and Ross

Goodbrand and Ross, Corgarff.

Ski and snowboard hire (freestyle and all terrain boards available), ski accessories, hats, gloves, goggles etc. Great selection of quality Scottish knitwear, jewellery and gifts. Teas, coffees, home baking. Open all year.

019756 51433


Permits are available from:

Colquhonnie Hotel

The Colquhonnie House Hotel Strathdon

A family hotel on the beautiful River Don with nine miles of fishing available. Eight en suite bedrooms, home cooking, children welcome.

019756 51210

Allargue Arms Hotel

Allargue Arms Hotel Cockbridge, Corgarff.

Beautifully situated in the glorious rolling countryside of Scotland's Cairngorm mountains. Ideally situated for outdoor pursuits. A family-run hotel with wonderful home-cooked food.

019756 51410

River Don

DONSIDE FISHING: Candacraig & Edinglassie Fishing from Luib Bridge to Bruchs (16km). Day/week/season permits available. 10.00 per rod per day.

019756 51386

Kildrummy Inn

Kildrummy Inn Kildrummy.

Trout and Salmon fishing permits for Kildrummy water are available from the Kildrummy Inn. Prices approx:

8.00 per day for trout per rod; 15.00 per day for salmon per rod.

019755 71227

Buchaam Farm Holidays

Buchaam Farm Glenbuchat, Strathdon.

Buchaam Farm is set amongst the unspoilt beauty of Strathdon within the Cairngorm National Park in the Grampian Highlands. With 650 acres to explore you can walk or cycle along tracks through the forests and hills, catch fish from the River Don, go birdwatching in the area and ski in the Cairngorm Mountains. Fishing on the River Don inclusive.

019756 51238

pat andersons loch

Ardgeith Fishings

Fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Fishing hut with cooking facilities and toilet.

019756 51277

See also For more information on fishing in the area.


Scotland has a long and sensible tradition of mutual tolerance between landowners and the public where access to open country is concerned. Built on a history of courtesy and consideration, with very few exceptions. This tradition has proven to be a practical, workable and effective alternative to applying the full rigours of the law.

There are few restrictions on walking, providing walkers behave sensibly and observe the country code. In particular, dogs must be kept on the lead where livestock are present. During the lambing season (April - June), the grouse shooting season (August - December) and the deer-stalking season (normally August - October) there may be local restrictions, and it is best to enquire about these.

For your safety when hillwalking, do make sure that you are suitably equipped and experienced. A useful booklet is "Hillwalking in Grampian Highlands and Aberdeen", available from Tourist Information Centres. If a path or track is shown on the map and is clear on the ground, it can usually be followed even though it may not be a right of way. If there are restrictions on public access for any reason, there will normally be notices to that effect.

In Scotland, the term "public footpath" can refer to one of three distinct kinds of path:

Scotland, unlike England, has no procedure for the formal registration of public footpaths and rights of way but local planning authorities often hold maps or lists showing the claimed rights of way in their areas which are available for inspection on request.

Forest walks & Mountain Bike Trails

Old Military Road

Old Military Road

The area is crossed by the Old Military Road built by Wade's successor, Caulfeild, after the 1745 Hanoverian campaign which commenced under Wade's leadership. That provides a link with our military history, and our past and present communities.

Waymarked walks in Ben Newe Forest, accessed from car park off Deochry Road.

Waymarked Forest Enterprise woodland routes in Bunzeach Forest, accessed from Bellabeg Car Park and Old Semeil.

Walk around the Doune Information board and access near the War Memorial in Bellabeg.

Leaflet available from Tourist Information Centres and Forest Enterprise.

There are also two walking groups in the area:

Strathdon Walking Group

Meets fortnightly on a Sunday for walks around the area of approx 5 miles for 2 or 3 hours. Variety of routes some easy, moderate and some strenuous.

Roger Sanders - 019756 51278

Frances Denerley - 019756 51262

or Pasco Ray - 019756 51709


More information can usually be found here.


Walking To Health

Meet each Thursday morning at the Recycling Car Park, Bellabeg. Easy walks up to one hour followed by a cuppa and chat. Volunteer Walk Leader Gillian Cook.

Gillian Cook - 019756 51343

Please click here for a PDF detailing Local Walks in Strathdon