The attractive Royal Deeside village of Aboyne is a little gem in the heart of Deeside and a haven for tourists the whole year round. Please visit our links page for further information.
The Great Outdoors are quite literally on the door step. Numerous walks and wild life abounds in both the local woodlands and estates as well as in the natural Scots pine woodlands of the Cairngorm National Park. Red squirrels are regularly seen in the garden helping themselves to the nuts in the bird feeders.
For the hill walking enthusiast there are numerous Munros in the Cairngorm mountains, not least of all Mount Keen which is Scotland’s most easterly Munro and is both visible and accessible from the house. A multitude of smaller peaks such as Clachnaben, Morven, Craigendinne, Birsemhor and Culblean are also within easy reach of the house for the less intrepid walker while the Munros of the Cairngorms are a short drive away.
There is an extensive range of outdoor sporting activities available locally. There are various Deeside Golf courses including Aboyne, Banchory, Ballater & Braemar to name but a few.
From late spring through to the middle of October, gliding is very popular at the nearby airfield and it is common to see the gliders overhead, from the garden, as they are towed up in front of the house.
Many local Highland Games run through the summer months with the Aboyne Games held on the first Saturday in August. The famous Lonach Gathering is held the third Saturday of August in nearby Strathdon. The Games conclude on the first Saturday in September with the world renowned Braemar Gathering attended annually by Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal family.
When The Queen is not in residence, Balmoral Castle, is open to the public, as is the Royal Lochnagar whisky distillery where visitors can take a tour of the distillery and finish this off with a free dram. Other local distilleries include Fettercairn and Tomintoul with more famous whiskies of Speyside just a short and beautiful drive away.
In the winter months as well as winter climbing,, snowsports are available at Glenshee and The Lecht, both of which are only a 45 minute drive away.
For guests wishing to follow the Castle Trail, as well as Balmoral Castle, there are many other castles within a short drive of Aboyne. Owned and operated both privately and by the National Trust for Scotland these include Crathes, Drum, Dunnottar, Braemar , Craigievar, Kildrummy Castles.