Plan Your Visit


Admission and Opening Times

Auchtavan can be visited on foot at any time of year and it is  free to visit the settlement at all times.  The Horsemill is always open and houses an interpretation board. We are delighted to be able to welcome you again to see inside the hingin lum cottage and the Queen Mother’s cottage between noon and 3 pm on

Sunday August 14th 2022

and  Sunday September 25th 2022

It’s great to bring a picnic and savour this unique place.
If you need more information, please contact or 013397 41219.

How to Find Us

Auchtavan is situated a 5.5 km (3.4 mile) walk off the A93 Aberdeen-Braemar road, starting 10 km (7 miles) to the east of Braemar / 4 km (2.5 miles) west of Crathie at the Aberarder junction.

To get to Auchtavan, take the turn-off to Aberarder and follow the route marked on the map. If coming by car, please park in the lay-by on the A93 opposite the turn-off. There is limited car-parking at the Aberarder road end which reduces the walk to 4km (2.5 miles).

The walking distance from the A93 is 5.5km (3.4 miles) and we advise leaving a morning or an afternoon free to complete the visit in a comfortable time and to fully enjoy the wonderful views of Deeside and the Cairngorms. The track passes through birch woods and open moorland and can be exposed to the weather so good walking shoes and outdoor clothing are essential. An accurate map is also recommended.

The route passes through working farmland and there are a number of gates which must be left as you find them to prevent sheep straying.  Auchtavan is located within the Invercauld Estate. This is a working Highland sporting estate with regular game hunting between August and February and breeding throughout the year.  Please stick to the paths and look out for and respect notices during the hunting season.

Car Parking

Please park in the lay-by on the A93 Aberdeen to Braemar road near the Aberarder turn-off.     Auchtavan is then a 5.5km (3.4 mile) walk; turn off the A93 at the Aberarder turn and follow the route on the map marked on the map.