Milton Arts and Crafts Centre opposite Crathes Castle, Deeside

Wild flower meadow on Royal Deeside

The Arts and Crafts Centre is located inside a collection of charming old granite buildings, including a mill complete with working water wheel, mostly arranged around a central courtyard.  The stream that turns the water wheel flows on into the Dee which flows past the centre.

The buildings house a restaurant, arts and craft shop, galleries, country wear, and a pine furniture studio. The swathe of wild flower meadow (shown on left) is a joy to behold.

There is a large free car park for visitors.

A path leads visitors safely under the road from the arts and crafts centre to the grounds of Crathes Castle with its forest walks.

Boorachie or arts and crafts shop near Crathes Castle Royal DeesideThe wee Boorachie, which also contains the working water wheel, is an arts and crafts shop with local products;  wooden bowls and toadstools, stained glass, decorative cushions, candles, angels, rag dolls, and many other quality gifts.
Milton_Restaurant near Crathes Castle Royal Deeside Scotland

The Milton restaurant offers its special fare including morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, traditional high tea and dinner to a discerning clientele.


After some refreshment, you may enjoy a stroll  around the galleries, country wear shop and pine studio.  The energetic may extend their walk  to the grounds of Crathes Castle and indeed visit the castle itself.

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Above, the country wear shop, art and craft gallery with paintings and sculptures, and on the right, forest walks in the grounds of Crathes Castle.

Entrance to the grounds and forest walks is free - many of the trees are labelled for added interest.


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