Royal Deeside

Deeside is the name given to the River Dee. The river runs from the Cairngorm mountains to the sea at Aberdeen, and the area it passes through has had the Royal seal of approval for over one and half centuries. Royal Deeside as it is often called has within its domain all of the iconic elements of Scotland. Castles, rivers, lochs, heather moors, ancient woodland, mountains, cattle, whisky and a fine larder of local produce.

Crathes Castle

Castles include not only Balmoral, still the private residence of the Queen today, but centuries old tower houses and seats of great Scottish families such as Irvine, Burnett and Farquharson. These, and more, nestle in vast estates with woodland and open walks ideal for wildlife watching. Scotland’s special wildlife live here too. Red squirrels, Golden Eagles, Capercaillie. Whilst we cannot promise you will see them we know they are here!

Local businesses work effectively together to assist visitors and if you want to find out more about specific attractions, the many AA rosette restaurants in the area, food producers,  walks, cycles, itineraries, accommodation, wildlife, shops, cafes and more www.discoverroyaldesside.com is an excellent place to start.