Visit Deeside

Welcome to an area described as the birthplace of Scottish Tourism, a real hidden gem located within the fabulous north east corner of Scotland.

The area was first made famous by Queen Victoria and her family during the Victorian era and continues to be enjoyed today by Queen Elizabeth and all her family – you could say it has definitely been giving the Royal seal of approval! And following the Victorian Heritage Trail is a great way to get a sense of the heritage of the area, see some of the most beautiful scenery and stumble across our intriguing villages.

With the iconic River Dee flowing from its source high up in the Cairngorm Mountains it passes through 85 miles of some of the world’s most stunning scenery until it finally reaches the sea at Aberdeen. The area is seen by many as Scotland’s crowning glory and is home to many rare wildlife and plant species – capercaillie, red squirrels, roe deer, golden eagles and more! Stepped in history, heritage and culture, many visit the area to trace their ancestry or to explore some of our iconic Fairy Tale Castles such as Crathes or Balmoral.

The combination of rich history, culture, scenery, landmarks, beauty spots and attractions combine to offer the visitor plenty to see and do. With several Towns and villages including Banchory, Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar offering shopping, accommodation and outdoor activities, including walking, Fishing, mountain biking, Skiing, running and traditional highland games and festivals, you can understand why the area attracts visitors from around the world.

Getting here couldn’t be simpler – located a little inland from Aberdeen International Airport, which has connections to many other airports and hubs in UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Or join us by train with regular services running from London and other major UK cities and Europe. Perhaps you prefer to travel by road, self-drive or by coach, well if so, it’s worth knowing some routes are even marked as designated tourists routes where you can soak up the atmosphere and scenery on route, all part of the experience.
We even have ferry links which connect to the Northern Islands of Orkney & Shetland, so whatever you mode of transport you are sure to find something that fits your requirements.

For all your holiday needs – visit Discover Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms website