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Aboyne is a charming village on the River Dee, set in the magnificent back drop of Royal Deeside and lies at the edge of the Cairngorms mountains.
The village has a varied selection of shops and places to eat, a theatre and swimming pool. Hill Trek and Monkey Business, two shops situated in the village, will provide outdoor clothing for all weathers and age groups for those who have come unprepared. A fantastic butcher, supermarket and general store will serve all your catering requirements. The large village green is the venue of the annual Highland games and also the focus of the Aboyne and Deeside Festival held every July.
I know you are on holiday but the following is a helpful guide to the best places to find local Scottish produce. The Coo hoose has a well equipped kitchen and has some great recipe books for inspiration. Keep an eye out for famers markets on the green and Braemar market every Sunday. Ballater and Banchory also have farmers markets selling local produce.
Salmon fishing on the River Dee is internationally famous as the top Spring Atlantic Salmon River in the world during February – May. It has some of the best beats in Scotland, and all set in the stunning scenic back drop of Royal Deeside. All the Beats along the Dee are fly based and have a catch and release policy only. There are some fabulous stocked Trout Lochs. Have a look at the Glen Tanar website as they have the most picturesque loch with two boats and four rods. Tullich Fishery just outside Ballater is great too, with the mountain of Lochnager as a back drop, it’s perfect for beginners and has a pool for kids to have a go too. Rods for hire. Aboyne Loch is open all year for coarse fisherman. Visit www.fishdee.co.uk and for more information and to book fishing.
You will find over 50 great courses in Aberdeenshire, catering for both the novice and more experienced golfer. Aboyne can boost two golf courses. Aboyne Golf Club, is a well maintained 18 hole Parkland course with spectacular views and well stocked pro shop.
Deeside Activity Park offers a range of outdoor activities including: quad biking, kart racing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, 4×4 offroad driving, paintball, and rifle target shooting. Great fun for all ages. Farm shop and restaurant, with indoor play barn and outdoor all-weather sledging slope.
Battlegrounds Adventure Activities bases at Banchory is a 5 star fun day out with Paint Balling and Lasar Tag. More info at www.battle-scotland.co.uk
The area is a walkers paradise and offers some of the best walking in Scotland. There is no less than 24 Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet) in the Braemar area alone. The best walking guide is www.walkhighlands.co.uk
3 of Scotland’s 5 major Snow Centres and within easy reach of Aboyne.
If you fancy taking to the air, Deeside gliding Club is located near Aboyne and is reowned for being the foremost wave soaring site in the British Isles. the UK altitude record of 38,600 feet was set in a glider flown from the club.
Glen Tanar Equestrian Centre offers safe, quality riding along some of the most stunning country side on Deeside. For all abilities and ages. Trek up mountains, along riverside and through ancient Caledonian woodland. Spectacular views and scenery to be enjoyed.
Aberdeen Water Skiing Centre operates on the Loch of Aboyne and catering for all levels and ages, from beginner through to national competition level. April – October. Visitors welcome Saturday and Sunday afternoons, booking required.
Deeside is surrounded by terrain suitable for all abilities. Explore forest trails, single track desents and quiet roads. The IMBA has recently awarded Scotland the worlds’ top mountain bike destination for the second year running. Cycling Highlands, in Ballater, specialise in bike hire, guiding and corporate events. They are also the largest bike shop in Aberdeenshire. Speak to Richard the owner for more information or visit their website. Recently opened is a mountain bike park in Aboyne, situated in Bell Wood Forest on the out skirts of the village. With ‘pump track’, a down hill section, and jumps area.
Z-plan Scottish Castles, beautiful walled gardens, art galleries, the Granite City – Aberdeen, and much more. Please use the following to plan your tour:
Aboyne Hospital/Health Centre (with A&E and Maternity Unit)
Bellwood Road, Aboyne, AB34 5HQ
Tel: 01339 886177
Tel: 0845 600 5700
Fountain Dental Group
Ballater Road, Aboyne, AB34 5HN
Tel: 013398 86177
Deeside and National Park
Days Out & Activities
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