Support Local Businesses

Local businesses:

At this trying time, it is important to support local businesses if you are in a position to do so. Many lovely small businesses around Aberdeenshire are still open and are doing their best to support local communities and help those in need. 

Inverurie area


Aberdeenshire Highland Beef: Open for fresh meat and produce.

Alford Dry Cleaners and Laundry: Open with reduced hours, providing doorstep collections and deliveries. Tel 019755 64224. Mobile 07590907958

Aboyne Service Station (013398 86440) : Revised shop opening hours: Mon-Frthey 11.30am – 5.30pm, Sat 11am – 1pm. Sunday Closed. These times are subject to change. When they are closed, fuel is available at Pay at Pumps 3&4. The workshop is now closed. Key workers requiring emergency repairs should phone to receive contact details to make an appointment. Thank you for supporting Aboyne Service Station at this time

Aboyne Coop: Please note that the Aboyne Coop is now operating a one way system. If the shop becomes busy a ‘one in one out’ system will be used to ensure social distancing can be observed within the store.

Aboyne Papershop: Open from 5am – 1pm Monday to Saturday. Sundays - 5.30am - 1pm. They are still operating a delivery system for newspapers and groceries as previously advised. If you need anything phone 86847 before 1pm.  They are also are providing ready-made meals from a butcher in Kemnay and will give menus to people requesting them.

Aboyne Post Office – revised opening hours. Mon-Frthey 9am – 12.30pm.

The Auld Kirk, Ballater -  are offering Afternoon Teas for delivery. The cost will be £15 per head and will be delivered free of charge locally, with a small fee for deliveries over 5 miles . Any enquiries, please call on 01339 755762.

Ballater Chiels – The Chiels are often regarded as a "Labour Force" in Ballater, doing the jobs that others are unable to do. If you require help with something physical be it hacking sticks of fetching coal to your door or something else. You can contact the Chiels Secretary, Andrew Thain on 0775 253 2864. If there are Chiels available they will do their best to assist.

Ballater Milkman: Derek supplies juice and yoghurts ( 07721619859

Bank of Scotland, Ballater New opening hours are Mon and Wed 10am – 2pm. Please note, they are only allowing one person into the branch at a time. Please ring the doorbell and wait. You can also phone 0345 721 3141

Boat Inn, Aboyne. Food deliveries. Turiff's food boxes can now be ordered online at or by phone on 01674 674207. Don't forget to let them know if you are unable to collect from the Boat Inn and they will deliver your food box to your door. Also: Boat Inn Aboyne Saturday Takeaway: Call 013398 86137 to order.

They are now taking bookings for outside dining areas from 6th July and inside from 15th July. They have 8 dining pods for 2 as well as numerous physically distanced larger tables and are also in the process of building dining booths inside for 15th. They will be working with the menu on our FB page initially to serve everyone as quickly and safely as possible. Please email or call 013398 86137 with your name, telephone number, size of party, date and time. 

Braemar Butchers (01339741206) stocks a wide range of Veg, Cooked meat and Frozen products. Can also find on Facebook.

Braemar Filling station are open daily and are all stocked up. Before you leave the house for essentials please check if they have it in stock. It could save you from visiting supermarkets where demands are highest and stock is limited. If you can't find what you need then call 01339741142.

Brown Sugar Cafe: is shut for the forseeable future. They will be available to help anyone who is self-isolating. Please email, or call 07584052328.

CASSIE'S Hardware shop. Temporary Opening Hours 10am - 2pm Mon. to Sat. They have a delivery service if need be. Tel. 55396. Out with these hours 55804.

Campfield Filling Station (Torphins / Raenoir Rd).  New opening hours until further notice:
Mon- Friday. 6.30am – 5.30pm, Sat- Sunday 8am - 4pm. Due to demand daily deliveries of local bakery ( Ritchies and Sinclairs) buns , pies ,butteries and cakes in stock. Local tatties, Katy's Eggs, and Collies of Kemnay Bacon all in stock.

The Commercial Hotel, Tarland (013398 81922) At the moment their phased re-opening plans are:

July 6th - beer garden re-opens for drinks only 12-9 pm daily

July 10th - bar menu available, beer garden only 12 - 8 pm

July 15th - public bar and lounge bar and restaurant re-opens for drinks and bar food menu
12 - 11 pm ( bar food 12 - 8 pm )

July 20th - full menu available

Corner House, Aboyne: the Corner House is closed until further notice. Unfortunately this also means the ATM will not be holding any cash. While they are closed, they thought it would be really nice to cover their large windows with colourful and cheerful pictures. A shout out to all you budding artists, young and old, every drawing and painting welcome. Pop your name, village and age (if happy to) on the picture. Either pop through letter box or post to Corner House, Ballater Road, Aboyne, AB34 5HX. Happy drawing / painting, The Corner House Team.

Deeside Activity Park are now making deliveries from their farm shop. They have fresh fruit, veg and meat plus a selection of ready meals and larder essentials. Call 01339 883536 or email

Dee Valley Confectioners, Ballater: although they are currently closed for business due to Covid-19, they are happy to provide a postal service.

The Deeside Delthey (013397 55741) is now open 9 -3pm. It has increased its deliveries. It can supply fruit and veg, eggs, cold meats, cheeses, some dry goods products. If you can pay by card it would be a help (but it is not essential).

Deeside Mineral Water will deliver to your door:

Free DIY painting and decorating advice. If you are using this time to do some DIY and need advice, please feel free to contact or 013397 56000

Finzean Farm Shop (01330 850710) are offering local deliveries on a range of items, from soup to bread and fruit and veg. Phone for more info.  It would be appreciated  if orders could be made online. Please phone to check the opening times for the shop. To avoid unnecessary queuing, only 1 member per family will be allowed in and they ask that you observe the 2 metre social distancing guidelines at all times.

Finzean Post Office: Revised opening hours: Monday 11.30-12.30, Wednesday 10.30-11.30

Free range eggs available medium or large for a small price. Contact 07754807155 (Graeme Nicol) and he can organise the eggs for you.

George Strachan Ltd, Aboyne (13398 86121): They are open 7 Days 6am – 6pm inclusive. In the meantime stocks are being replaced daily and a local delivery service is always available. Ballater Branch is closed meantime until after lockdown and self-isolation is lifted.

Granite Fish deliveries in Ballater. They are willing to come out on a Wednesday, so long as they reach a minimum order. Call on Monday or Tuesday 01224 587065 to place your order and leave your delivery details.

The Highlanders Bakehouse (013397 42242) Their online shop back up and running – online orders only. THEHIGHLANDERSBAKEHOUSE.CO.UK . They aim to deliver within 3 days. Please leave detailed instructions. They are implementing a strict no contact delivery service, so please fill in the 'safe place' box at checkout.

H.M. Sheridan's (013397 55218) is now letting only one person in the shop at a time. They will deliver anywhere in Upper Deeside and surrounds, and will also be willing to pick up (for any one self-isolating) bread, milk, eggs etc. They now have available weekly small portion ready meal selection now available: Mince and tatties with veg, sausage casserole, macaroni, steak pie, chicken and bacon in a white wine sauce, potato and leek soup, chicken and vegetable soup, bread and butter pudding. All for £22, and can be delivered to your door.

India on the Green (013397 55701) is open for carry-out services. Please phone your order in.

John Troup Butchers, Aboyne – limiting people in shop at one time . Also doing deliveries – phone for details.

Kinker Store and Post Office. The shop will be open from 6am to 1pm, Monday to Saturday. The post office will be open until 12noon each day. If you are self isolating get in touch and they can keep you going with essentials.

Lily's Dough Homemade Pizzas -!/~/

Pizzas prepared and woodfired until they're almost ready - delivered for you to pop into your own oven and eat freshly baked. Free delivery for all orders over £15.

Lochnagar Indian, Ballater (013397 55611) They will be open for takeaway 5pm to 9pm, every night apart from Monday. Please call to order your food in advance.

Louise's Farm Kitchen: Orders to be placed by 8pm Wednesday. To order simply visit:

Lumphanan Pet Hotel (07970 794973 ): If at anytime you are badly affected by coronavirus, or caring for someone who is, they at Lumphanan Pet Hotel are here to help take the strain by offering to take your dog for a while, at a very reduced rate. Contact us for details.

ML Tree Services  Garden waste collection available £8 bin load, £15 for builders bag, £4 garden waste bags. Available Donside and Deeside. Text 07484613701

Morvern Veterinary Practice (013397 55134 ) Due to further advice from the government, they have taken the temporary step of cancelling all non-essential appointments. They will continue to see: - All sick or poorly patients – Emergencies - Primary course of vaccinations for puppies and kittens.

On arrival at the practice please phone and a member of staff will assist you - they are currently restricting access into the practice. Please phone if you are unsure on 01975562339. You are still able to pick up repeat medication, please make sure you phone ahead so they can have your order ready.

New Shanghathey Chinese Takeaway, Ballater: = Due to the Covid-19, they accept phone order only.

Paws N Klawz Pet shop in Aboyne are offering home delivery if you can’t get your usual supplies from the shop. For home delivery tel 013398 86776 or email . Shop hours are 11-3 pm.

Pringles Garage, Ballater: Opening hours are 8am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am-12.30pm Saturdays. They are open for Fuel, MOTs and Repairs. Our telephone number is 013397 55525 for bookings and queries

Phoenix Chip Shop Ballater: They will be open Weds to Sat 4.30pm – 8pm. It will be phone orders only – 01339755119. They will be letting 1 person in at a time to collect. Card payments preferred. Supplies could be limited. They will be offering a delivery service from 5PM-7PM. This is only available for Ballater and 2 miles outside the village. Please could you leave the money on the doorstep. They will let you know how much it is when you phone.

Raemoir Garden Centre: They are delivering within a 40 mile radius. Go to their website and click on 'online shop'.

Riverside Cottage, Cambus O' May have limited stock of freshly baked bread available. Please send them a message through Facebook.

Roaring Stag Gifts (01339755789) They are closed to the public at this time, however you can still order coffee online at and items from the shop through They can deliver locally and post/courier elsewhere.

Rocksalt and Snails are offering a not for profit home delivery service, Tuesdays and Fridays. 3 course meal £10, 2 course £8. Order by text or phone: 07834452583, or email

Russell's of Dess – they have closed the shop but will continue to deliver pet food to households in the area: Aboyne, Tarland, Lumphanan, Torphins, Banchory and Finzean. If you need any pet food call 07393860856 to arrange delivery. You can either pay in cash or by bank transfer. 

The Seed Box – An order form for plants and vegetables is now available on our website. See

Shorty's, Ballater (013398 80908). New menu available for home-deliveries. Orders can be taken by FB, email, or by phone. This will be a zero-contact service, so payment can be made by BACS or Paypal. Deliveries will be Thursdays and Fridays with a small fee of £1 per order. There is a minimum sped of £10 per order.

Tarland Paper Shop (013398 80060 ) is open and are happy to keep papers to be picked up if you give them a ring. Due to the COVID19 lockdown they are reducing  opening hours -  Mon - Sat 6am till 3pm, Sun 9am - 2pm (No home deliveries available on Sunday). Lots of lovely fresh fruit & veg delivered Mon & Thurs. Also they have deliveries from HM Sheridan every Tuesday and Friday.

Tarland Post Office : Opening times will be Tues/Thurs/ Frid 10-3, Weds / Sat 10-12. Admittance will be on a one in, one out basis.

White Cottage, Aboyne – are offering a limited frozen ready meal selection. Pre-order and pay by phone before collection (card only – no cash). Collection available Fri- Sun, 2pm – 5pm only. Please do not arrive without preordering. . On arrival please ring the doorbell and give your name through the window. They will collect your order and leave it in the vestibule for you to pick up. No contact required! Please call ahead to order and pay on : 013398 85757. To see the menu, please look at

Woodside Vets: Both Banchory and Aboyne branch surgeries will be closed for business until further notice. Emergency care ONLY will be carried out at our TORPHINS surgery.
Farmers wishing to collect lambing and calving supplies, phone and they can arrange this for collection. Small animal repeat prescriptions can be arranged by giving us at least 24 hours notice, and they can also arrange deliveries to your door if you cannot travel. Telephone consults can be arranged with the vets if needed. Torphins Surgery Phone Number - 01339 882556.

Yules Paper Shop (013397 55480)  are now open from 6am – 11am. They are happy to put papers by for someone else to pick up for you.