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tourism & travel guide to aberdeen

In the heart of Scotland lies the magnificent valley of the River Dee. Rising high in the Cairngorm Mountains, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park, 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. Hence the name Royal Deeside.

The Dee runs west to east and is mostly bounded on both north and south by high hills with few passes. The castles of Deeside offered their owners control of east-west travellers in the valley and north-south travellers using the mountain passes. Now those castles provide fascinating visits while the passes are used by walkers enjoying the wonderful surroundings. Those open to the public are Braemar, Balmoral, Crathes (with its world-famous gardens) and Drum, the latter two being National Trust for Scotland properties. On the edges of Royal Deeside there are several more castles including Corgarth, Craigievar and the ruins of Dunnottar Castle.To these can be added three magnificent buildings, easily visible but not open to the public, Mar Lodge, Invercauld House (sometimes known as the Castle of Invercauld) and Abergeldie Castle. Between them they offer a sample of the best to be found in Scotland.

Beautiful Royal Deeside is a holiday playground unequalled in Scotland. Comprising fine Grampian mountains, attractive woodlands and delightful rural scenery it is a mecca for the walker, climber or wanderer. A wide range of sporting activities are available whether you like a challenge or relaxation. Ski or climb in fine mountains; Golf or fish in beautiful surroundings; hang-gliding or 4x4 rides etc. Add in the nearby castles and distilleries and you have the ideal place for a holiday break. The majestic River Dee flowing past Braemar Castle, royal Balmoral Castle and Crathes Castle on its way to Aberdeen offers the finest salmon fishing. (The beauty spots of Linn of Dee and the Bridge of Feugh both offer the opportunity to see salmon jumping.) There are numerous excellent golf courses and Braemar Golf Course is the highest 18 hole course in Britain. In the south-west is Glenshee Ski Centre, the home of the largest ski centre in Scotland.

There are four major nature reserves: ancient Mor rone Birkwood, Glen Muick, Glen Tanar and the Muir of Dinnet. Some of the finest vestiges of the ancient Caledonian woodlands are to be found here. And, of course, such nature reserves lead to a wonderful variety of wildlife.

Lovely towns and villages of Royal Deeside, mostly built from the local granite stone, - from the mountain-surrounded Braemar to the thriving town of Banchory. Ballater, with its fascinating former Royal station, and Aboyne, with its magnificent village green.. The ancient village of Kincardine O' Neil with its terrace-lined main street.

Lots of events both big and small. See the world-famous Braemar Gathering and Highland Games. Take part in Royal Deeside Walking Week. Dress up for Victoria Week and more.

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