Discover the Deeside Way this November

November is a great time to get outside and explore the Deeside Way, with the last flushes of autumn still evident, and the anticipation of winter and the festive season just around the corner.

The Deeside Way is a 41-mile way-marked path which runs from the Duthie Park into the west end of the city, and through the towns, villages, and hamlets of beautiful Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park. The path is also accessible via public transport as buses run between Union Square in Aberdeen and Ballater, with numerous stops along the route.

There is something comforting about getting wrapped up and heading out in the fresh air, stopping for a coffee or hot chocolate and a delicious pastry on route. Luckily the Deeside Way has plenty of options for this.

Mill Pond at Crathes Castle Estate2

The Drumoak to Milton of Crathes (4.2 miles / 6.8 km – EASY) section makes for a nice trip out in Aberdeenshire, to soak up the season and make the most of being outside and in nature during the shorter daylight hours. There are opportunities to explore heritage and architecture on the route, as well as to refuel, and to shop locally. Points of interest include:

Park Shop

For lovers of great coffee, artisan local produce, delicious pastries and hot pies in stylish surroundings, Park Shop is a must visit. Having opened in 2018, it has become a favourite of cyclists, walkers, locals, and day trippers. Find them on Instagram here.

Crathes Signal Box

A little further on from the Crathes crossroads, you will hopefully spot the old Crathes station signal box in amongst the trees on your right. A remnant of the original station that closed in 1954.

Crathes Signal box

Milton of Crathes

This steading complex is home to a variety of independent businesses, including the Hidden Scotland studio, gift shop and planning station - a great place to start some Christmas shopping and they also host a range of workshops.

There are often events in the events field at Milton of Crathes - follow them on Instagram to keep updated with exciting activities!

Additional walk to Crathes Castle

As you are very near the entrance to Crathes Castle, why not take the opportunity to explore the 16th century castle, gardens and estate?

Kelly Morrison has written a companion guide to the Deeside Way, which will be launched in December 2022 and is available to pre-order at

All information is correct at the time of publishing, we recommend that you check opening times and information for individual places before visiting.

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