Monymusk attracts many fishing visitors for its excellent trout and salmon Fishing on the River Don and the area is popular with hill walkers, mountain bikers and wildlife enthusiasts.

There are Mountain Bike Trails on Pitfichie Hill and Pitfichie Forest, many Walking Routes on Millstone Hill and Bennachie and Visit Scotland have developed a number of visitor Tourist Trails.

The Castle Trail takes you on a journey to many beautiful National Trust Castles, Houses and Gardens. On the Whisky Trail you will visit the many distilleries in the area. The Coastal Trail takes you on a tour of the varied Aberdeenshire coastline of fishing village, castles, beautiful sand dunes and dramatic cliffs, and finally the Victorian Heritage Trail on Deeside will take you to many of Queen Victoria's favourite castles and beauty spots including her famous residence at Balmoral.

Steeped in History...

Monymusk has been inhabited since the Stone Age and has a varied and fascinating history. There are many Stone Circles and Pictish Symbol Stones dotted around the region and a Neolithic site was excavated a mile to the north of the village at Pitfichie in 1995.

During the 1960s a Bronze Age grave belonging to the Beaker People was found at Nether Mains Farm and at the top of Bennachie are the remains of an Iron Age Hill Fort. Monymusk was also home to a Priory in the 12th Century, and even a Prisoner of War camp during the Second World War.

House of Monymusk
House of Monymusk

The House of Monymusk is situated about half a mile from the village beside the banks of the winding River Don and is home to the Grant Family, who have lived here since 1713. Please note that the House is a private residence, so if you plan to visit and would like to view the outside of the House and grounds, the owners would be grateful for an advance courtesy call to the Estate Office on tel: 01467 651333.

The first man to introduce the new agricultural ideas of the 18th Century to Scotland was Sir Archibald Grant. He achieved a great deal within his own lifetime; he cleared and drained the land, rotated the crops and introduced the turnip which meant that the animals could be kept alive throughout the winter. He also enclosed the fields, planted thousands of trees and rebuilt the village in its present plan between 1728 and 1735. 


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