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Glenbuchat was once a thriving glen with over 500 people at the time of the 1911 census, mainly crofters, farm workers, or trades people like joiners and shoemakers. Sadly there is now just a small population of about 50. But it is a Glen of fascinating history and heritage, natural beauty, and lots of wildlife.

There is a wonderful website called the ‘Glenbuchat Heritage Archive’ with many fascinating potted histories of the various hamlets, which once existed in the Glen, and of the families who have lived here over the centuries, as well as many interesting historical photographs.

Would you believe that Belnaboth was once a hamlet of 15 croft houses, spread over a couple of acres? In the 1841 census there are 15 families listed, and by 1911 there are still 5 families. Now there is just our house and its outbuildings and Belnaboth (Farm) and its steadings. To find out a little more about the history of Glenbuchat click here.


There once was a Shop and Post office in the Glen, but sadly they are gone, though the Old Shop is now a house. The hub of the Glen is the Community Hall which has a lively programme of events throughout the year, including a Spring Fayre and several musical evenings. The annual NEOS (North East of Scotland Open Studios) programme includes the Hall where the local craft workers display their work. For up-to-date information on the events check the notice board at the Hall. To find our more about Glenbuchat today click here.



The nearest shop is 2 miles away at Bellabeg. This is a very well-stocked SPAR shop with a post office counter, also selling newspapers/magazines, frozen local butcher meat and fresh bakery goods from Aberdeenshire bakeries. It is licensed with a good selection of wines, beers and spirits.

At Glenkindie, 3 miles in the other direction, is a small shop attached to the local garage. This is also the nearest Petrol Station.

Alford is the nearest town - 17 miles to the south-east. Here you will find two Co-operative supermarkets, a local butcher and baker, chemist, and other small privately owned shops. There are also several restaurants and takeaways. This is the nearest town to access banks with ATMs.

Click here to visit the Alford Community Web Site.

Slightly further away to the north-east, at the larger market towns of Huntly and Keith, you will find a wider selection of shops, including Tesco and Asda. You can also arrange for home delivery of your groceries from Tesco and Asda.

Eating out

The Colquhonnie Hotel 1 ½ miles away is the nearest place with a bar and restaurant.


Some 8 miles away are the Kildrummy Inn and Kildrummy Castle Hotel. The Allargue Arms at Cockbridge is the same distance in the opposite direction.


Other Services

Medical Centre at Waterside

Recycling Centre and Public Toilets

Strathdon Church of Scotland

Bus Service (limited)

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