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Aberchirder, and the surrounding area, have a lot to offer visitors who want to relax yet experience the unique characteristics of the landscape and learn about the culture of the area. Get into the local history and you will learn a lot about the traditional farming and fishing industries, the local lairds and the religious struggles of the past. Talk to local people and find out about the Doric language and culture which still survive in the North-East of Scotland.

If you enjoy exercise, you can walk or cycle (National Cycle Network Route1 crosses the northern part of the area), do some easy hill walking, or go horse riding. There are six very varied golf courses within a ten mile radius and the River Deveron is famous for its fishing.

The coast offers families a range of pursuits, from pottering in rock pools to dolphin watching to surfing and sailing. Even the ever-changing weather is worth coming for - and with such a big sky you can see it coming from a long way off! The sunsets over the hills and sea are beautiful, and after dark you will be able to see the stars as you never can in a city.

Visit our links page to see other places of interest and visitor attractions in the area.

Aberchirder itself is a centre for walking and cycling. Cleanhill Wood, on the southern edge of the village, has a network of trails forming the hub of a wider set of paths and quiet country roads which suit walkers and cyclists of all ages, and often offer stunning views, particularly to the Grampian Mountains to the southwest.

Cleanhill Wood.

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Pathway to the Little Haven Well

Under Aberdeenshire Council’s Rural Access Strategy, the walks on Cleanhill will form the hub of a network of paths and roads round Aberchirder.  Many of these paths are traditional rights of way which local people used as cross-country routes between the town and the outlying areas.  In recent times there has been a tendency for farmers and landowners to block off rights of way, but, under the Scottish Parliament’s Land Reform Act, local authorities will have a responsibility to create and maintain walking routes in their areas.

Path from South Street to the Little Haven Well

For good views of Aberchirder and Cleanhill, take the path from South Street to the Little Haven Well, through the Arkland Community Woodland planted out in 1998, across the Arkland Burn and up to Quarryhill Farm.  From there you can turn left to the Netherdale road which leads back to Aberchirder.  Alternatively, for a longer walk, you can take a right turn and go through Quarryhill Wood to a quiet minor road which, if you turn right and right again, leads to Mill of Auchintoul on the A97 road.  From this road you get stunning views similar to those from the viewpoint on Cleanhill.  From there you can walk back to Aberchirder.

Map showing area of Arkland Community Woodland.
Arkland Community Woodland



Other fitness and leisure activities are available for visitors at Aberchirder Bowling Club, the gym in the community pavilion and at various horse riding establishments. Good fishing is available on the River Deveron at Marnoch. The Foggie Flower Show, held every August, is one of the major events in the northeast.

Aberchirder Bowling Club.


Visitors are also attracted by the village's central location, which makes it a convenient base for activities in the surrounding towns and countryside. The Coastal Trail, Castle Trail and Whisky Trail are all within 20 minutes driving time.

Glendronach Distillery lies only about 6 miles from Aberchirder.

Glendronach Distillery.

Come and see the difference in an unspoilt and little-known corner of Scotland - at your own pace!

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