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Auchtavan a Ferm Toun Open Day.

On 27 Aug 2017

Join us for a walk to the old ferm toun of Auchtavan and learn about life in a traditional small community in the Highlands. Have a look inside the cottage, the horsemill and the Queen Mother’s Victorian picnic cottage.

The few remaining cottages at the old ferm toun of Auchtavan will be open this Sunday as part of the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Walkers will be able to see inside 3 buildings at the settlement in Glen Fearder at Crathie. Two complete buildings have survived the land clearances of the 19th century, a hingin lum cotter’s cottage and a horsemill as well as a later Victorian building.
The settlement can be visited at any time but on Sunday the 27th of August and on Sunday the 24th of September, from 12 until 3, visitors will be able to see inside the cottage, the horsemill and the Queen Mother’s Victorian picnic cottage. The cruck framed cottage has a traditional wooden chimney and at one end, a cobbled floor for the animals, and at the other, an earthen floor for the family, giving a real sense of a way of life now long gone.
The late Queen Mother also loved to come to Auchtavan and on many occasions members of the Royal family have enjoyed using the Victorian cottage for picnics. There’s also a small exhibition in the Queen Mum’s cottage created by the pupils of Aboyne Academy which will also be on show illustrating what life would have been like here when dozens of people occupied these houses.

Opening Days and Times:


From 12 to 3pm

Ticket Information:

Free Event.

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Venue Detail:

Auchtavan is situated about 6 miles north-east of Braemar. Cars can be parked in the lay-by opposite the turn-off, marked Aberarder. It is then a 2.5 mile uphill walk to the settlement. The track passes through birch woods and open moorland and can be q



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Tel: 013397 412 19

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