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Royal Deeside

It was Queen Victoria who can be credited with ‘discovering’ this amazing area, making it her Highland retreat and building her castle at Balmoral. It’s been known as Royal Deeside ever since. She showed commendable taste, for the journey along the Dee from Aberdeen takes you through stupendous countryside of increasing grandeur, past the pretty town of Ballater to the tourist draw of Braemar.


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Cranford Cottage
Braemar, Royal Deeside
Cranford Cottage
BX4
 
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From £355
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
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Treasure Island Cottage
Braemar, Royal Deeside
Treasure Island
BF8
From £315
  • Sleeps: 3/4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Pets: No
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Highland Belfry
Braemar, Royal Deeside
Highland Belfry
DA9
 
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From £325
  • Sleeps: 3/4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Pets: No
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Dunanfiew Cottage
Near Ballater, Strathdon
Dunanfiew
BH8
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From £325
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Pets: Yes (2)
Changeover Day: Sat No Smoking Pets Allowed Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
Airlie House Cottage
Braemar, Royal Deeside
Airlie House Cottage
FF2
 
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From £325
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Pets: No
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Lilac Cottage
Braemar, Royal Deeside
Lilac Cottage
EP1
 
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From £365
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Pets: Yes (2)
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Badnabein Steading
Near Ballater, Strathdon
Badnabein Steading
BC2
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From £595
  • Sleeps: 4/8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Pets: Yes (2)
Changeover Day: Sat No Smoking Pets Allowed Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove WiFi
Fern Cottage
Braemar, Royal Deeside
Fern Cottage
BR5
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From £375
  • Sleeps: 5/6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Pets: Yes (2)
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Canmore Cottage
Braemar, Royal Deeside
Canmore Cottage
BD7
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From £365
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Pets: Yes (1)
Changeover Day: Sat No Smoking Pets Allowed Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove WiFi
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A Truly Royal Experience

Royal Deeside is a beautiful area, renowned for its many castles and its salmon fishing and the Royal family have regularly spent holidays here since Queen Victoria bought the estate.

Glen Tanar, accessible via Aboyne (west of Banchory), is ideal for walking, horse riding and mountain biking. Ballater, 10 miles west of Aboyne, has a restored train station (although the railway line has been closed for a long time) with exhibits about the visits of the Royal family to Balmoral. There are many walks in the area including many from Loch Muik (9 miles south west of Ballater), one to the 400 metre Craigendarroch and more strenuous and lengthy walks up the 871 metre Morven and the 1154 metre Lochnagar.

To the West of the County

Balmoral Castle, 8 miles west of Ballater, was converted from a 16th century tower into a mansion house for Queen Victoria in 1855. Only a small part of the castle is open to the public and only for a few months in the year.

Glenshee Ski Resort

    Braemar lies west of Balmoral at a height of 1,100 feet and is surrounded by mountains - good for hill walking and near to the ski resort of Glenshee, further south on the A93. Braemar hosts the Braemar Gathering (Highland Games) in September and has an interesting heritage centre.

    From Braemar, a little road (that is ideal for cycling) leads past the other royal residence of Mar Lodge through a wide valley to the lovely Linn of Dee and then you can walk for miles in the Grampians and beyond them the Cairngorms.

    You can also walk, or cycle if you're brave enough, for a couple of days cross country to Blair Atholl. There are also plenty of opportunities for mountain biking and horse riding. There are many walks starting at Inverey, five miles west of Braemar, including the long hike through the Lairig Ghru and the Glen Luibeg Circuit.