Visit Royal Deeside

The Royal valley of the River Dee, internationally famous for its salmon fishing -  Royal Deeside is a fine-looking area that captivated Queen Victoria with its characteristic Scottish blend of moody mountains, lofty crags, tumbling rivers and moors and forests. The rarefied Royal air still pervades the neat chocolate box towns and villages of Deeside, such as Ballater and Braemar, which are unsurprisingly thronged with tourists in season. Braemar is famous for its Highland Gathering - one of Scotland's best. Royal Deeside offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities such as walking, biking and wildlife watching, and superlative touring and sightseeing, by car or by bike.

 

The valley got its name as it was Queen Victoria’s favourite holiday spot. The Royal Family are still regular visitors to this day, so you’ll be following in Royal footsteps when you explore the area. You can even choose to follow the Victorian Heritage Trail which will take you through towns, landmarks, beauty spots and attractions with a special connection to Queen Victoria.

 

Take in views of the Cairngorms National Park from above in a hang-glider, or choose from a wealth of local golf courses, fishing pools and wildlife hot spots. Or, for visitors looking to experience Aberdeen's vibrant modern side, look no further than the city's West End boutiques, award-winning restaurants and extensive shopping malls.