Lot 5 Thiefs Craig and the North Buck (About 370 acres)
Lying at the west end of the subjects of sale and also bounded at the northern end by the minor public road, this is a broadly rectangular block of mainly heather hill ground extending to about 370 acres.
At the south western boundary of this ground is the summit of a locally well-known hill of distinct
appearance called the The Buck. Rising to 721m (1,782 feet) above sea-level, the appearance of the hill is striking due to the rocky outcrop (tor) or at its summit.
Comprising a former grouse moor, there has been very little recent management of the hill but a line of original grouse butts is still visible and this area of ground formed part of the productive walked-up forays that were enjoyed by the current owners in the latter years of the 20th century.
There is a track leading on to the hill for a short distance from the minor public road.
As with the adjoining land, this lot is subject to the Hill of Towanreef SAC and SSSI. It is therefore not considered suitable for afforestation.
Craig Castle Estate enjoys a spectacular setting in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains on the Highland fringe of Aberdeenshire. Situated a short distance to the north of Strathdon on the road to The Cabrach an area sparsely populated and within the top thirty most remote zones of mainland Scotland Craig Castle Estate is secluded yet accessible, being 40 miles from Aberdeen, the Granite City and oil capital of Europe.
The closest village to the estate is, by a margin, Lumsden which is 3 miles south, with the village of Rhynie lying 3½ miles to the north. The combination of these villages provides convenient local services including primary schooling, a petrol station, village shop and post office. Further afield and equidistant from Craig Castle are the larger village of Alford, home of Aberdeen Angus cattle, and the town of Huntly, situated at the edge of the popular Speyside whisky trail. These settlements provide secondary schooling, and a wider range of public services, amenities and transport links.
The nearest railway station is in Huntly (12 miles) which runs services both north to Inverness and south to Aberdeen and beyond. The closest airport with both domestic and international flights is at Aberdeen (33 miles) which can be reached in about 50 minutes by car under normal traffic conditions.
Comprehensive services are available in the city of Aberdeen which provides a range of administrative, retail, recreational, educational and cultural facilities. Private education in Aberdeen
includes Albyn School, Robert Gordons College and St Margarets School for Girls. In addition, the
well-known Gordonstoun School near Elgin is 40 miles to the north.
Aberdeenshire offers a wealth of activities, including fishing, sporting, whisky tasting, golf, winter sports, walking, climbing and cycling.
The River Dee is one of Scotlands big four salmon rivers with picturesque and productive fishing
for salmon and sea trout. It is available to rent on either a weekly and/or daily basis on the majority of beats throughout the rivers course. Nearer to home, the River Don is also a well-established salmon river but is more celebrated for the quality of its wild brown trout fishing which is amongst the best and most productive in the UK.
In addition, the River Deveron is also known for its salmon and sea trout fishing. It rises a short distance away in The Cabrach and flows into the Moray Firth at Banff.
There are a number of renowned golf courses on the North Sea coast at Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and the Trump International Golf Links. More locally, there are enjoyable courses at Huntly and Dufftown.
For winter sports enthusiasts, the Lecht Ski Centre is situated 28 miles west, Glenshee slightly further at 51 miles distant and Cairngorm Mountain Ski centre is 57 miles away.
The Cairngorm Mountains lie to the west and provide climbing, walking and cycling opportunities amongst some of the most spectacular terrain in the British Isles.
For many, the Grampian foothills of Aberdeenshire and Moray are synonymous with Whisky and Malt Whisky in particular. The area surrounding Craig Castle is home to historic and famous distilleries, coopers, bottlers and retailers contributing to an industry which is said to be worth about £5.5 billion to the Scottish economy according to an April 2019 report by the Scotch Whisky Association. The Malt Whisky Trail is a collaboration of distilleries offering enthusiasts
the opportunity to visit nine local distilleries in order to meet those who play key roles in this
multinational industry. It is popular with tourists and adds significantly to the variety of activities available within striking range of the estate.