Upper Cabrach church and manse (c) Stanley Howe
Upper Cabrach church and manse

The small hamlet of Cabrach gives its name to an upland plateau on the border of Aberdeenshire, an area of deserted moorland and deer forests. The A94 crosses the plateau on its way between Rhynie and Dufftown.

At the western edge of The Cabrach the road passes through the dramatic Glacks of Balloch, a high pass of rugged beauty. The area surrounding The Cabrach is rich in historic houses.

Among these are Glenbuchat Castle, a late 16th-century tower house, 13th-century Kildrummy Castle, the traditional seat of the Earls of Mar, and Beldorney Castle, a 16th-century tower house built by the Ogilvey family.

Also within reach are Leith Hall, a 17th-century mansion, and Balvenie Castle, once visited by Mary, Queen of Scots.