Things To Do in Ellon

For the sporty, the arty, the history buff and the nature lover, Ellon has something for the whole family.

Community Activities

Check out our popular social media forum for activities around Ellon and at the Community Campus. From swimming to poetry, from keep fit to crochet, get involved and feel the benefit.


Get on your bike for quiet lanes, offroad adventures and beautiful scenery.


Popular fishing spots for beginners and pros alike in small local lakes, the Ythan estuary and rivers.


Affordable, accessible, quality courses - in Ellon and at the links.


Slow and easy? Going for the burn? In town? In nature?
You'll find them all here.


Formartine & Buchan Way

The route is 40 miles in length from Dyce to Fraserburgh with a 13 mile spur from Maud to Peterhead. The route has been divided into eleven sections, all of which are easily achievable for day trips.

Enjoy individual sections or group a few together for a longer adventure. Each route card provides detailed information about the particular section.

Grampian Cycle Partnership

Grampian Cycle Partnership works with local clubs, groups, associations, businesses and workplaces and individuals, the local authorities, government and national organisations to help achieve their ambitions through encouraging, developing, promoting and supporting cycling and work towards making Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire and Moray even more welcoming to cycle in than they are currently.

Aberdeenshire Council Routes 

Whether you are a local resident or a visitor to the area there is a lot to see and do in Aberdeenshire. Cycling in Aberdeenshire is a healthy and enjoyable way of experiencing the area. Series 4 is specific to our district.

The website provides routes to get fit, have fun and learn more about Aberdeenshire.

Sustrans National Cycle Network

Search the national cycle network for routes within and through our area.

Visit Aberdeenshire Routes

Whether you prefer to ride on the road, explore a mountain bike trail or just a leisurely ride away from traffic, get on your bike in Aberdeenshire and venture into our great outdoors.

Ythan Cycle Club

Ythan CC (pronounced as in 'python') is a cycle club serving the North Aberdeenshire area. We have a membership of around 140, varying from dedicated racers, time trialists, sportive riders, mountainbikers, triathletes, as well as tourists and occasional riders. The Club was founded in 1987 from the ashes of Ellon District Cycle Club, and prides itself on being a friendly organisation dedicated to helping people have fun on bikes whether they race or want to go for a pedal.

Ellon Cycles

Established in 2003, Ellon Cycles specialise in servicing and repairing all makes of bicycles for customers in and around the Ellon and Aberdeenshire area. Ellon Cycles is owned by Graham Ward, an experienced cyclist and founder member of the Ythan Cycle Club.
We carry a large range of new parts and accessories to keep your bike on the road in a safe and road worthy condition.


Haddo House Angling Club

The club offers around 6 miles of prime salmon, sea trout & brown trout fishing over 3 beats on the river Ythan.

The highest beat, Gight, lies in a beautiful wooded valley with both single and double bank fishing. The Methlick water has southern bank fishing between Waterloo Bridge and Tangland Bridge. Tarves water has southern bank fishing of approx. 3900m from Tangland Bridge downstream.
All beats have excellent deep holding pools with faster flowing stretches, this gives the angler a choice of Fly or Spinning, worming is permitted during September and October in high water conditions. Sea Trout and Salmon abundant in season(s).
All beats have accessible car parking and Methlick water has 3 fishing shelters.

Haddo Trout Fishery

Haddo Fishery is a trout fishery offering fly fishing from row boats set in a beautiful scenic location in Aberdeenshire. Spinning and bait for children by arrangement.

Mill of Elrick Fish Farm and Trout Fishery

Mill of Elrick Trout Fishery is stocked with mainly Rainbow Trout and is situated just north of Ellon, Aberdeenshire, in the North East of Scotland. It has excellent facilities that cater for beginners, occasional fishers and experienced fly fishermen.

You can bait or fly fish and the loch is set up to encourage beginners and children to take up the sport and well stocked with predominantly pound sized rainbow trout.

Newburgh Angling Club

The club has open access to local waters and it's own self maintained boats with engines for use by members boat fishing for sea trout in the estuary. All boat fishing members must be trained in the use of small powered craft.

The Ythan Fishery

The Newburgh Fishings is the most famous stretch of the River Ythan and is situated in the estuary. The number and size of the fish caught is impressive. Because it's in the estuary, the angler is not at the mercy of the elements (or sea-sickness), yet the fish are always present and can be caught throughout the summer months whatever the weather. The water is fished from both banks and boats, which have access to 17 pools.


McDonald Golf Club

McDonald Golf Club in Ellon is set in the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside, 16 miles north of Aberdeen. This scenic eighteen hole golf course provides a memorable golfing experience for all standards of golfer.

The parkland course is named after its benefactor Sir James McDonald who, in 1926, gifted the old woodlands to the people of Ellon. The original nine hole course winds its way through this magnificent forest with its stately trees and beautiful rhododendron bushes. The well established first nine has a natural stream that twists and turns across the course and features on almost every hole

Cruden Bay Golf Club

A traditional Scottish links golf course, originally designed by Tom Morris of St Andrews and Archie Simpson in 1899 and re-designed in the 1920’s by Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler. Cruden Bay regularly appears in the list of the world's top 100 courses.

Newburgh on Ythan Golf Club

Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club is 2 miles north of Trump International Links Scotland, mid-way between Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay championship golf clubs, and is situated on the Ythan Estuary, overlooking the North Sea and Sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve.

The club was founded in 1888, and is a challenging par 72 Championship links course that demands accurate golf from tee to green. The clubhouse was opened in 2001 by the 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie.

Trump International Golf Links

Embracing mile after mile of spectacular Aberdeenshire coastline, Scotland's championship links golf course and award-winning five-star resort features fine dining, luxury accommodaton, annual memberships and golf packages for visitors, tuition, spa treatments, clay pigeon shooting, riding on the beach and the Clavis Whisky Bar set against the backdrop of the beautiful McLeod House.


Ellon Walks

Download the map and enjoy the great outdoors at your own pace. If this doesn't meet your needs, there are walking maps aplenty at the library.

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Aberdeenshire Council
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