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.
Things to do in Donside
Bennachie Visitor Centre
A great starting point to explore one of the north-east's most popular landmarks. Walks for all abilities.
Corgarff's mid-16th century tower houses are located in the barren wilderness of Strathdon.
The Craigievar Castle iconic tower houses offer extensive views of the Benachie countryside. Explore the beautiful pink castle, which is the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle.
Grampian Transport Museum
The Grampian Transport Museum is situated in Alford and has an impressive collection of transportation exhibits, from the stage and post car era to some of the fastest cars ever.
Leith Hall and Garden
Leith Hall is a country house located in Kennethmount, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was built in 1650 on the medieval Peill Castle and was the Leith-Hay family's home for nearly three centuries.
Fraser Castle is a Scottish monument, one of the most elaborate Z-plane castles and one of the largest "castles of Mar." It is located near Kemnay, a village 26 kilometers west of Aberdeen in Aberdeenshire.