Belwade Farm, Aberdeenshire

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Visit our Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre with its inviting new Visitor Centre and cafe - perfect for a day out in Royal Deeside.

**Please note: we will be closed from Monday 22nd December until Wednesday 21st January 2015. This is for essential maintenance to be carried out. The farm will be operational if anyone wants to see the horses or go on the farm walks. We're sorry for any inconvenience but look forward to seeing you in 2015!**

Things to do at Belwade Farm:

Meet the horses

Belwade Farm is home to around 65 horses at any given time, and our staff are on hand to provide brief histories and information about the progress these horses are making. Why not come and meet our adoption horse, Whisky and also see which horses are ready to be rehomed?

Visitor Centre and Cafe

Refreshments and great food are available from our new Visitor Centre. Whilst relaxing with a snack and a drink, you will be able to watch the horses being rehabilitated in our indoor school and find out more about the work we do to help the horses of today and tomorrow.

Take a look at our wonder Christmas Menu!

Enjoy a nature walk

Our popular nature walks will take you through beautiful woodland, home to an abundance of wildlife, and along the River Dee as it travels through Aberdeenshire. From some of the high points you can see Lochnagar in the distance on a clear day. The longest walk covers five miles, but there are shorter routes!

Have a picnic

Bring along a picnic, relax and take in the picturesque scenery of the farm and its Royal Deeside home.


Belwade Farm is located in the breathtaking countryside of Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, just off the A93 close to Kincardine O'Neil, AB34 5BJ.

Our address is: World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5BJ.

Opening hours

We are open all year Wednesday to Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. In addition to our public opening times, we also welcome group visits, and can tailor them to meet your requirements. Call the farm on 013398 85398 for more information.

Please note, Belwade will be closed from Monday 22nd of December until Wednesday the 21st January 2015 for essential maintenance to be carried out.


SAVE THE DATE!!  World Horse Welfare’s inaugural Balmoral Sponsored Ride takes place on 23rd May 2015.  Join us for an amazing ride in this most unique of venues - places are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment by email at


Eileen Gillen World Horse WelfareOur Centre Manager

Eileen Gillen has been Centre Manager at our Aberdeenshire Rescue and Rehoming Centre since 1990. She helped set up the farm, which has since grown to be the largest receiving Centre in Scotland for equine cases subjected to neglect and ignorance from all areas of the horse world. Eileen has been involved in the training of horses and riders across the major disciplines, but particularly show jumping. She instigated the “whole horse approach” that is used at each of our farms when assessing and rehabilitating our horses.


Our Adoption horses


AAH Whisky Landing Page

When Whisky, a three-year-old skewbald donkey, was admitted to Belwade Farm in February 2013.