Although considered remote by many of our urban neighbours, visitors will be impressed by the high standard of the few shops in the area. While public transport in Donside is limited, Aberdeen is well served by land, sea and air transport - Dyce Airport sees many daily flights to all major cities in the UK.

Lonach Hall

Lonach Hall

Lonach Hall, Strathdon.

The Lonach Hall is a historic building recently restored and refurbished to award-winning standards. It is a unique, flexible facility, situated in the friendly community of Strathdon within the Cairngorms National Park. See www.lonachhall.com

07586 416064

Shops etc

Bellabeg Shop

Bellabeg Shop and Post Office, Strathdon.

Licensed Grocer - The food selection at this Spar Store allows residents and those in self-catering establishments to live well, with both traditional Scottish fare and a wide selection of groceries and wines.

019756 51211

Goodbrand and Ross

Goodbrand and Ross, Corgarff.

Ski and snowboard hire (freestyle and all terrain boards available), ski accessories, hats, gloves, goggles etc. Great selection of quality Scottish knitwear, jewellery and gifts. Teas, coffees, home baking. Open all year.

019756 51433

Glenkindie post office/ shop/ garage

Central Garage, Glenkindie.

A garage, small shop and a community post office providing a basic posting service for local and international needs. Opening hours: Mon to Fri 8.00am-8.00pm; Sat 8.00am-6.00pm; Sun 10.00am - 6.00pm

019756 41230

Mossat Antiques

Mossat Antiques, Kildrummy.

Furniture and other items bought and sold. House clearances undertaken or single items purchased. Honest reliable service from family run business. Open Thurs to Sun, 11.30am - 5.00pm.

019755 71300 or 01464 861309

Transport

Bus Services

Private Hire

Businesses

Emergency Services

Doctor

Police

Fire

Churches

Roman Catholic

Parish Priest Fr Peter Moran conducts mass in the Episcopal Church, Main Street, Alford, at 6.00pm on Saturday until further notice.

Church of Scotland

Churches in Corgarff, Strathdon, Glenbuchat, Towie, Kildrummy and Lumsden. Services are held at Towie on the first Sunday of the month at 11.30am. 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays - Strathdon at 10.00am / Lumsden at 11.30am.

For extra events and services and information about various clubs please see the community notice board.

The Silver Circle

This registered charity operates in the local area to provide support services for older people. It runs a weekly Day Centre that meets in the Lonach Hall and its members enjoy a sociable day with a good subsidised lunch.

Games, craft activities, exercise to music and visiting speakers and entertainers are enjoyed by a group of about twelve members. A willing team of volunteers help the Day Centre Organiser and Assistant Organiser to ensure a good time is had by all in a supported environment.

The Silver Circle also runs a Lunch Club fortnightly during the winter months. They meet in various local hotels and restaurants where people over sixty can enjoy each others company and a subsidised two course lunch.

Hospital Volunteer Drivers Scheme. This is a scheme to provide transport, in a volunteer driver's car, to access medical appointments that may be in Aberdeen or other clinics. The passenger makes a small contribution and the drivers expenses are met through a grant from a Community Transport Initiative that is administered by The Silver Circle.

The Silver Circle is now in its twelfth year and contributes to the health and well being of many local residents be they members, volunteers or employees.The organisation enjoys good support from the local community and is now part of life in Upper Donside.

Enquiries about The Silver Circle to Mrs Gillian Cook tel: 019756-51343 philandgill.cook@talktalk.net