From Aberdeen, trace the coast to Stonehaven. Enjoy the delights of Craigievar Castle before calling at Ballater and Crathie – taking in Crathie Kirk. From Balmoral Castle head to Braemar before reaching the Glenlivet Distillery and finishing up at Aviemore.
The “Granite City” of Aberdeen is a port town rich in stunning buildings and sea views. Explore the beach and harbour with its mixture of fishing and oil industry support vessels – look out for the local dolphins and the cobbled streets to soak up the atmosphere of this charming location.
Explore the ruined Dunnottar Castle that overlooks the pretty harbour town of Stonehaven and then head down the waters edge to the Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum. South of the town you can visit RSPB Fowlsheugh. For something special, visit Stonehaven at new year – the fireball celebrations are legendary.
The ornate pink Craigievar Castle is straight from a fairy tale and is said to be inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle. Take in the arts and armour, explore the castle and then wander the gardens and woodland trails.
Set on the River Dee east of the Cairngorm Mountains and surrounded by beautiful countryside, the village of Ballater is famous for its range of “by Royal appointment” shops. Visit the Royal station and nearby Royal Lochnagar Distillery.
Part of the eastern gateway to the Cairngorms, the village of Crathie a great base from which to explore the national park and is famous for Crathie Kirk – the place of worship for the Royal Family when they are in residence at Balmoral.
The Scottish home of the Royal Family, Balmoral Castle is a great example of Scots Baronial architecture and is open, on a restricted basis, for the public to visit. Tour the grounds and gardens of castle to enjoy the splendour of this iconic building.
Set against the Grampian Mountains, the village of Braemar is surrounded by stunning scenery and very popular with walkers, hikers and cyclists. Just outside the village you’ll discover the 17th century Braemar Castle.
The Glenlivet distillery
Set in the Speyside countryside, the Glenlivet Distillery, is open to visitors on a seasonal basis. Discover the story of malt whiskey – don’t forget to sample it as well – all part of the experience!
Aviemore benefits from some spectacular scenery and offers visitors a wide range of activities including sailing, climbing, walking and biking, and then snow sports in the winter. For something less energetic take in the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, the Rothiemurchus Estate and Strathspey Steam Railway.