A Ancient Castles in Donside
'Set in a barren moorland, Corgarff's medieval tower house, built in the mid-16th century, is surrounded by a distinctive star-shaped perimeter wall of 18th century date. Opening arrangements: Summer - 1 April - 30 September , Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. October: 1 October - 31 October , Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Winter - 1 November - 31 March, Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Admission prices: All year - Adult Ã‚Â£4.70, Child Ã‚Â£2.35, Concession Ã‚Â£3.70
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The Private House Stay's Guide
A beautiful area of countryside that follows the river don from Aberdeen west in to the Cairngorms. Not quite as famous as Royal Deeside but just as beautiful and part of the Queen's Trail that is recognised as part of Queen Victoria's most favourite areas for walking and touring. The focus town for the area is Alford which houses the Grampian Transport Museum, Haughton Country Park and the Alford valley railway. The Lonach gathering highland games are a major attraction on the 4th Saturday of every August.