The ancient Royal Deeside village of Aboyne is situated off the East Coast of Scotland – on the edge of the highlands and 30 miles inland of Aberdeen. It is a village of great natural beauty whose population doubles during the Summer months. Situated just on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, Aboyne is of great attraction to those interested in outdoor pursuits.
What is Aboyne like?
Aboyne’s centre has a large village green framed by buildings of local grey granite. As expected in a village popular with tourists and passers-through, if offers facilities for shopping, and dining in hotels, cafes and restaurants.
Aboyne Castle was built by the Bissetts in the thirteenth century following the fortification instructions of Edward I. It is strategically positioned on the River Dee, with garden plantations on both sides of the river. A building has been on this site before the 13th Century, and the castle has been regularly rebuilt and updated since then, the last time as recently as 1986. It is a three storey, multi-towered, asymmetrical castle which had been previously owned by the Knights Templar but has been owned since the 15th century by the family of the Marquis of Huntly. Fly fishing is possible on the Dee in the grounds of the castle.
Balmoral Castle, Summer home to many of the British Royal Family, is a royal estate house near to Crathie (about eighteen miles away).
Aboyne Highland Games
The Highland Games are held each August on the large village green. The Highland Games programme details events such as the marching of pipe bands and playing of massed bands, alongside dancing and traditional highland games, strength events such as putting a heavy stone, and tossing the caber.
Outdoor activities around Aboyne
Aboyne is a popular location for holidaymakers with an interest in the great outdoors.
Aboyne is a fantastic base for rock climbing in Ballater, and cycling or walking throughout the Cairngorms and along the North East coast. But it is also home to some less obvious attractions – the village has an airfield located on its outskirts which is home to Deeside Gliding Club. The location is fortunate to possess very stable air currents so is “renowned for being the foremost Wave soaring site in the British Isles”, according to its website.
There are also a great many options for fishermen on the Dee in general, and also on Aboyne Loch (on the A93 between Banchory and Ballater), which is home to bream, carp, roach, tench, perch and pike.
The Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve isn’t far from Aboyne, and blends woodland, open water and heath. The landscape, shaped by retreating glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, is home to two main lochs which provide habitat for otters, wildfowl and migrating geese, amongst others.
Aboyne also offers the visitor a well maintained and diverse 18-hole golf course by the Aboyne Loch, tennis courts and a bowling green.
Visitors interested in prehistoric sites might be interested to know that Tamnaverie Stone Circle and Culsh Earth-House are located just to the North of Aboyne.
Getting to Aboyne
Aboyne is well accessible by road, being positioned on the A93 – one of the two main roads linking Aberdeen with the M90 and rest of the motorway network to the West and South, and with the A9, A95 and A96 enabling access to the North of Scotland. Aberdeen Airport is around 36 miles away. Aboyne did have its own railway station, but this was closed in 1966, the old railway now being home to shops and the line being part of the Deeside Way footpath.
Staying in Aboyne
Our properties in the Aboyne area are perfect for those visitors wishing to get away from it all in a lodge, bothy, inn or cottage in this spectacular countryside. For a base while walking in the Cairngorms, or while visiting the local towns and cities (Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Brechin, Montrose and Forfar are all within easy traveling distance), we can offer accommodation to suit all pockets and all tastes, so do take a look at our listings below.