Things To Do
Walking And Climbing
The ridge of the Ladder Hills is accessible directly from the Cottage without the need for driving.
Ben Newe is close by. The diverse range of walking and climbing opportunities in the Cairngorms National Park are generally within 30 to 90 minutes’ drive from the Cottage.
An extremely valuable tool to discover walking routes is to be found in the website of Walkhighlands. It offers various routes in the immediate area of the Ladder Hills above the Cottage, as well as the wider area of the Cairngorms and beyond.
Mountain Biking And Cycling
Mountain biking is available in the local area but there are several excellent facilities within an easy drive
There are specific facilities in Aberdeenshire. And purpose built trails are available in the Glenlivet estate (about 45 minutes by car on the other side of the Ladder Hills from Glenbuchat). Ride in Peace in nearby Glenkindie offers guiding and coaching.
The network of quiet local roads in the area of Glenbuchat and Strathdon offers a lovely range of road biking itineraries.
Scotland is malt whisky country and many distilleries offer guided tours and tasting sessions.
The world renowned Royal Lochnagar Distillery in Crathie, the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown and the Tomintoul Glenlivet Distillery in Ballindalloch are under an hour’s drive away.
The North East Coast and the Moray Firth coast
A trip to the coast is definitely worth considering - just over an hour to the nearest coastal areas.
Aberdeenshire has a long and very diverse coastal region with distinctive villages and beautiful sandy beaches. VisistAberdeenshire suggests a coastal trail - 165 miles of signposted coastal trail.
On the coast (about 75 minutes’ drive) and not to be missed: Dunnottar Castle, near Stonehaven, steeped in history and with outstanding views.
Castles & Historic Buildings
A large number of castles are dotted about the North East of Scotland.
With over 260 castles, stately homes and ruins dotting its landscape, Aberdeenshire is said to have more castles per acre here than anywhere else in the UK. VisitScotland suggests that you can discover 19 of the most famous and dramatic castles in Aberdeenshire on Scotland's Castle Trail.
Of particular significance and easily accessible from Glenbuchat:
Crathes Castle (with particularly lovely gardens)
Or maybe just drive along the so-called SnowRoads?
Or maybe just drive along the so-called SnowRoads? They offer scenic driving on a network of roads that link with the rest of the Cairngorms National Park such as historic Badenoch and Strathspey and Carrbridge and many other areas and attractions including the Malt Whisky Trail, Royal Deeside and other scenic routes including the North East 250 or Inverness and the North Coast 500. Further information is available.