One group went to the Speyside Cooperage Centre to find out about the making of barrels.
They then moved on to the Glenfiddich distillery to sample the stuff that goes into them.
Another group went for a walk up Burn O'Vat, a local beauty spot.
The young ones went cycling, along the disused railway track from Aboyne to Ballater and over the Cambus O'May forest trails.
There was also a fair amount of eating going on, the courgette and Stilton soup in the Black Faced Sheep was very good, unfortunately the cheese scones had all gone by the time we got there.