Aberdeenshire Area

Surrounded on two sides by 100 miles of unspoilt coastline and on the third by the 4,000-foot tops cairngorms, Aberdeenshire offers sand dunes and vertiginous cliffs, mountain and heather moor, granite towns, sturdy slate-roofed villages and local folk sure of their own special culture – and all ready with a genuine welcome.

This is in many ways the heartland of what people expect Scotland to be – malt whisky, salmon and trout-stocked rivers, golf links, moors home to stag, grouse and eagle, a castle at every corner, Highland Games and unpretentious people with very individual speech and identity.

Aberdeenshire is the perfect place whatever the season and whatever your interests.

Royal Deeside is in the heart of Scotland and lies in the magnificent valley of the River Dee. Rising high in the Cairngorm Mountains and running east to its mouth at Aberdeen the river flows through some of Scotland’s finest scenery. Midway, in the shadow of Lochnagar mountain, lies royal Balmoral Castle, summer home of the Royal Family.

Much is contained within this delightful glen. The west lies within the new Cairngorms National Park while the east comprises pleasant rolling farmland. For the active there is a wide range of sporting pursuits and some great walks. For animal lovers there is some fine wildlife and birds to be seen. For the tourist there are many attractions all surrounded by beautiful scenery. Shops, restaurants and accommodation are amongst the best in Scotland.

Royal Deeside, in addition to its natural beauty, tranquillity and peacefulness offers the visitor a multitude of attractions, sporting opportunities, places to visit and things to do for all the family.