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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.

Aberdeen

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.

Stonehaven

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.

Craigievar Castle

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.

Ballater

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.

Crathie

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.

Balmoral Castle

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.

Braemar

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

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.

Overview

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Aberdeen

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15.9 miles

Stonehaven

3
34.7 miles

Craigievar Castle

4
19.9 miles

Ballater

5
7.9 miles

Crathie

6
0.8 miles

Balmoral Castle

7
9.5 miles

Braemar

8
39.9 miles

The Glenlivet distillery

9
32.4 miles

Aviemore

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Leave the Granite City of Aberdeen and head along the coastline to Stonehaven before turning inland to the fairy tale that is Craigievar Castle. Set off towards the Cairngorms and visit Ballater and Crathie – taking in Crathie Kirk before arriving at Balmoral Castle, the Royal Scottish residence. Enjoy Braemar set against the backdrop of the Cairngorms before venturing into Speyside to visit the Glenlivet Distillery. Finish your journey in the winter time ski resort of Aviemore.

Balmoral

Home for Royal Family when in Scotland, Balmoral is an iconic castle rich in history. Nearby you can discover Crathie Kirk – the church attended by the Royal Family.

Fairy Tale Castle

The enchanting Craigievar Castle is straight from a fairy tale – marvel at the pink fortress before exploring the rooms and their collections and wandering the grounds and gardens.

Spectacular Scenery

From the rugged coast to the rolling high and towering peaks of the Cairngorm National Park, the north east of Scotland is blessed with some spectacular scenery and panoramic views across the countryside.