Top recommended things to see in Royal Deeside

In this unique environment we are sure you will agree that Royal Deeside offers the very best for that special and memorable Grampian touring and sightseeing experience.


And here are just a few visitor attractions which can be easily reached from the hotel - Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve, Balmoral Castle, Lochnagar, The Lecht and Glenshee ski-ing areas, The Dufftown and Strathspey steam railways (and others), Crathes Castle and Gardens, Old Fettercairn Distillery, The Cairngorm Funicular railway, Rothiemurchus estate & highland farm, the granite city of Aberdeen, Inverness and Loch Ness, birdwatching, great forest walks, Craigellachie nature reserve, eight fine golf courses; two lovely lochs nearby; Speyside whisky trail, Grampian Castle trail, Victorian Heritage trail, world class hill-walking, wonderful arts and photography opportunities, gliding, great loch and river fishing and superb game and mixed shooting/stalking… and so much more. The National Trust looks after a wide range of properties in the area. The main Trust properties in Aberdeen and Royal Deeside are as follows:


  • Castle Fraser and Garden
  • Craigievar Castle
  • Crathes Castle and Garden
  • Drum Castle and Garden
  • Fyvie Castle
  • Haddo House
  • Leith Hall and Garden
  • Mar Lodge Estate
  • Pitmedden Garden