There is something special about being able to get out into the great outdoors and experience the sights, sounds and beauty of an area.
Here in Royal Deeside we know all about that, as the area is blessed with its fair share of unspoilt and special landscape. Part situated within the wonderful setting of the Cairngorms National Park and part in the fresh rolling landscapes of Aberdeenshire, the area really has the best of both environments and worlds.
Combine that with one of the most versatile of all holidays such as camping and caravanning and you really can wander as you please.
From camp sites, country cabins, lodges, hired campers or touring with your own state of the art caravan or motorhome, then you can really experience the beauty and fresh air of the great outdoors all in a weekend, week or even longer.
Royal Deeside has such inspiring scenery with its spectacular mountains, lochs and glens, however it is also home to more than 100 species of rare and endangered animals and plants.
A natural paradise, step quietly and you may encounter the wildlife for yourself. Otters, pine martens and even wildcats prowl this diverse landscape, which is also home to the endangered red squirrel.
The area also offers some of the best walking in Scotland and as would be expected is a very popular activity. Several Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft.) can be accessed from the Braemar area. But don’t worry if climbing mountains is not really your thing, there are lots of other options to choose from.
Hill-walking experiences for all abilities with literally hundreds of footpaths, trails and walks to suit all levels looking for a picturesque wander. Royal Deeside is a heavily forested area where the autumn colours are spectacular. There are several excellent way-marked walks and interpretive signs, perfect for a leisurely stroll with the family.
You can find out more about walking in the area by CLICKING HERE
The area is also blessed with some great experiences and activities, so with lots to see and do, you may want to plan your adventure in advance.
Step back in time and explore the history and folklore of one of the several captivating castles in the area. Imagine who lived there, uncover what life must have been like or just marvel at the legendary and sometimes mysterious structures.
Soak up the tradition and culture that the area is famous for by attending one or more of the Highland Games. Many traditional events take place throughout Royal Deeside from the Games to large agricultural shows, village galas, fairs or shows. June to September are usually the busiest months, where you will always find something taking place in or around the area.
Probably one of the best-known “Highland Games” is the one held at Braemar, a traditional Games held the first Saturday in September which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the World.
In need of some retail therapy, or well no problem then we have that covered too, from fine clothing, footware, special or unusual gifts right through to arts and crafts, something for everyone.
Looking for a “wee bit” more of an adrenalin rush, then live life adventurously in Royal Deeside and swing through the tree-tops at Go Ape Crathes or perhaps climb aboard a Heritage Steam or Diesel Train to experience the sights and sounds of the great age of railways.
Hop onboard a runaway timber train roller coaster or ride the rafts on a water slide experience both at Landmark Adventure Park.
If that sounds like it needs too much energy and a nice sit and relax is more what you had hoped for, then you can’t beat a good cuppa and a “fine piece” to use a local expression. Fine piece translates to nice cake.
As the area is also famous for it’s quality food and drink too, there are many places to experience great food and a dram or two of your favourite tipple.
What are you waiting for you, get planning your visit and to help may we suggest the Royal Deeside PassporTour, which not only helps you plan, explore and uncover all of the above but also helps you make real valuable savings against your adventures here.
A 128-page pocket sized visitor guide packed full of helpful information including practical advice on what to see and do. There is also a map along with a potential of £200+ savings, using the various vouchers, offers and discounts from a whole range of different businesses throughout Royal Deeside and beyond. Valid against entrance fees for attractions or activities, or for great savings on food & drink as well as retail.
The guide normally retails at £9.95 but using this special online code "RDP50" you can save £4.98So why is the “wee book” so useful, well you only have to use one or two of the vouchers and you have made you money back. Use something like the 2 for 1 offer at Braemar Castle and save £8 off your admission costs or perhaps purchase one adult and two teenager tickets to do the tree top adventure at Go Ape Crathes and save another £12.45.
Equally great savings can be made on a whole range of activities, attractions, golf, food & drink and shopping. Lots and lots of opportunities to make real savings and you also have the handy guide book to use over and over again. The Royal Deeside PassporTour acts as a self-guided tour through the area, which you can tailor to suit your own individual needs. One PassporTour covers an individual, group or family too and is valid until 31.12.18.
So wherever you wander, or whatever you choose to do and see or experience during a visit to the area please don’t forgot your camera to capture the memory.
You can find out more from the tourism destinations