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River Dee in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

Royal Deeside

Things to do in Ballater include discovering the royal associations and links throughout the area.

Balmoral Estate and Royal Lochnagar Distillery are nearby, whilst the scenery, wildlife, local walking trails, and a range of activities in Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park have attracted visitors since the time of Queen Victoria.

A Royal Area

Ballater is near to Balmoral Castle, the Scottish holiday home of the British Royal Family, and Crathie Church, where the family worship when in residence. Stately mansions and historic castles like Crathes and Braemar lead visitors along the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail, embracing centuries of Scottish heritage and culture along the way.

Balmoral Castle and Estate Ballater Braemar Royal Deeside Scotland

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle and estate is the Scottish summer home of Her Majesty the Queen. The castle is a wonderful example of Scots Baronial architecture and the building has been awarded a category A listing by Historic Scotland. The grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and cafe are normally open to the Public on a daily basis from April through July.

Balmoral Castle and Estate Ballater Braemar Royal Deeside Scotland

Balmoral Estate

Admission includes parking, access to the formal and vegetable gardens, the exhibitions in the stable area and largest room in the Castle, the Ballroom.

Activities on Royal Deeside

Throughout the year, walkers, hikers and mountain bikers follow trails and maps across the region, rewarded with views of lochs, mountains and forests and glimpses of local wildlife. In the winter season, skiers and snowboarders flock to nearby Glenshee and The Lecht within the Cairngorms National Park for seasonal snow sports.

Hiking Walking Climbing In The Cairngorms Deeside Scotland


There are a range of options open to visitors from gentle walks around the glens of the River Dee, up to more challenging routes which often see visitors traversing a munro, such as the famous Lochnagar.

Fishing Spots In Aberdeenshire


There are many opportunities for anglers in Ballater, from catching wild brown trout in the misty mountain lochs, to bagging salmon on the Dee or seeking rainbow trout in one of the many lochs close to Ballater.

Shooting Hunting & Stalking In Royal Deeside Cairngorms


Hunters can stalk deer in the woodlands or heather-clad moorlands in Ballater, with roe deer available in both the hills and high seats in the woodlands on the estate’s lower ground. Large red stags are considered to present an excellent hunters challenge. There are a few estates in Royal Deeside that offer organised grouse shooting by car or foot, as well as red and roe deer stalking trips.

Skiing At The Glenshee Ski Centre In The Cairngorms National Park


Deeside Inn is located near Glenshee Ski Centre and The Lecht.

Cycling Routes Through The Cairngorms National Park In Aberdeenshire


The area offers the option of road touring, to challenging mountainous routes for mountain biking. At Deeside Inn we are located opposite Cyclehighlands where you can hire bikes from £15 for a half-day.

Full of Life

Roosters & Wildlife In Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

The scenery, wildlife and range of activities in Royal Deeside have attracted visitors since the time of Queen Victoria. Red squirrels, black grouse, Scottish wildcats and golden eagles call the local Highland wilderness their home.

Dog Friendly Breaks

Hill Walking & Dog Friendly Walking Trails In Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

Deeside offers plenty of walking for your dog. The hills and trails of the Cairngorms National Park are easily accessible and shorter walks are available directly from the Inn. All of our guestrooms are dog friendly and we can accommodate a maximum of two dogs per room at a charge of £12 per dog per night. Guide and assistance dogs stay free of charge and we make a charitable donation for every one that stays.

Directions to Deeside Inn

Travelling from the south on the A93, follow the road to the centre of Ballater and turn right on to Victoria Road. Deeside Inn sits on the left hand side of the road. From Aberdeen and the east, follow the A93 into Ballater, driving alongside the River Dee on Tulloch Road. At the end of Tulloch Road, turn right on to Bridge Street, then take a left turn into Victoria Road, where Deeside Inn sits on your left. The nearest railway station is Aberdeen. From there you can take the Stagecoach bus to Ballater. For full information on public transport links to and from the area, visit www.travelinescotland.com.

The essentials

Dog friendly

Dog friendly


Variety of wildlife from eagles to deer

Royal Deeside

Balmoral Castle nearby

National Park

In the Cairngorms National Park

Outdoor Activities

Fishing, hiking and stalking

Muddy Boots

Dirty wellies/boots welcome

Free WiFi

Keeping you connected

Live Music

Live traditional Scottish music

Whisky Trail

Royal Lochnagar Distillery 8 miles


Glenshee and The Lecht

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