There is a wealth of Activities to do in the local area. The Croft is situated close to both Donside and Deeside, both have their unique charms. These are some of our favourite places to visit, routes to ride, activities and walks.
Upper Donside is a destination for those who appreciate wonderful views and peace and quiet. It is well placed as a base to explore Speyside and the Cairngorm Mountains, Royal Deeside as well as the granite city of Aberdeen.
The River Don rises in the eastern Cairngorms and winds its way eastward through Corgarff, Strathdon, Glenkindie and Kildrummy; on its way to the rest of Aberdeenshire. Chiefly a farming area with sheep, cattle and barley. The high moors are managed for grouse shooting and acres of forestry clothe the glen sides.
Hill walking and low level walks use old drove roads, ancient smugglers trails and forest tracks. The tracks are also suitable for mountain biking and horse riding. Abundant wildlife includes red and roe deer, grouse, red squirrels, crossbills, buzzards and even osprey.
Four castles overlook the river and are fascinating to explore as are the historic gardens at Kildrummy. In August the world famous Lonach Highland Games are held in Strathdon. Hotels and tearooms provide warm hospitality.
Royal Deeside weaves along the valley of the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. It is an area rich in history and lush with rare wildlife, from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats and unusual birdlife. Its most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral Estate in 1848, and the region’s royal connections continue to this day. The area is beloved of the current Royal Family,and the Queen along with Princes William and Harry are regular visitors to Balmoral and to Ballater’s Crathie Kirk.
Stretching from the floor of the Dee high into the Cairngorm Mountains, Royal Deeside encompasses a range of terrains and habitants, and is renowned for its splendid regal scenery. Through the seasons the colours change from gleaming white winter snow to the opulence of summer and autumn – deep green trees and purple heather. There is plenty for outdoor enthusiasts to do, with winter sports available at Glenshee and Aviemore, while Braemar Castle and Balmoral Estate will fascinate lovers of history.