Of Local Interest


Deeside is a beautiful area, rich in historical sites, and abounding in opportunities for outdoor activities ranging from mountain biking, to hillwalking and climbing, to running, to wildlife safaris, to fishing and game stalking.

Full details of the opportunities which Deeside offers can be found on www.discoverroyaldeeside.com.

Aboyne itself is the centre for a summer cultural festival of music, arts, workshops and conversations with local, regional, national and international performers. The Aboyne and Deeside Festival runs from 25th July to 10th August 2014 and the Aboyne Highland Games is always held on the first Saturday in August.

There are lots of other exciting activities which you could try out in the Aboyne area.

The Deeside Gliding Club
dgc  The Deeside Gliding Club operates from an airstrip just two miles west of the village.  A trial flight may not have you soaring to the UK altitude record of almost 39,000 (held by a glider-pilot flying from Aboyne), but you should enjoy 10-30 minutes in the air.  Full details from the Deeside Gliding Club website   
Glentanar Equestrian Centre

Set in a peaceful location of outstanding natural beauty in the Cairngorms National Park, Glentanar Equestrian Centre offers safe, quality riding along riverside, woodland and mountain trails. Magnificent scenery is further enhanced by abundant wildlife including red and roe deer, red squirrel and capercaille, golden eagle, osprey and buzzard. One hour rides take you round the loch, into the Ancient Wood of Caledonia, along and through the water of Tanar. Two hour rides pass through the river and woodland up into the mountains to enjoy spectacular views.

  • A range of ponies and horses and qualified, friendly staff ensure memorable riding for children and adults
  • Exciting hacks for experienced riders; safe and gentle treks for the novice.
  • Private/class lessons with professional tuition on well-schooled mounts.
  • Excellent facilities include covered arena, light refreshments, riding hats and boots.

For further information:
Web: www.glentanarriding.co.uk
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Tel: 013398 86448

Deeside Activity Park
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Based on Royal Deeside in Grampian, Aberdeenshire we offer a range of alternative activities. Only 45 minutes from the centre of Aberdeen we offer activities ranging from quad biking round our mud-splattered course and kart racing on our asphalt racing circuit, to hitting the bullseye on our fully automatic archery range and breaking a clay at our clay shooting facility. In addition, we also offer 4×4 off road driving, paintball and rifle target shooting amongst others. We not only offer family activities but corporate team building activities as well. Our facilities include a restaurant, a farm shop, corporate conference suite, huge indoor activities arena and three luxury holiday cottages.

We are open seven days a week from 9.00 a.m. until to 5.00 p.m. all year round.

Visit us at www.deesideactivitypark.com or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Belwade Farm
Belwade Farm Logo Visit our Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre with its inviting new Visitor Centre and cafe - perfect for a day out in Royal Deeside. Belwade Farm is home to around 65 horses at any given time, and our staff are on hand to provide brief histories and information about the progress these horses are making. Why not come and meet our adoption horse, Whisky and also see which horses are ready to be rehomed? Refreshments and great food are also available at our new Visitor Centre. Whilst relaxing with a snack and a drink, you will be able to watch the horses being rehabilitated in our indoor school and find out more about the work we do to help the horses of today and tomorrow. After taking a look at our horses and having had refreshments why not try out one of our popular nature walks that take you through beautiful woodland, home to an abundance of wildlife, and along the River Dee as it travels through Aberdeenshire. From some of the high points you can see Lochnagar in the distance on a clear day. The longest walk covers five miles, but there are shorter routes! Have a picnic! Bring along a picnic, relax and take in the picturesque scenery of the farm and its Royal Deeside home See more at: http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/Farm/Belwade-Farm
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Woodside Veterinary Group is based in Torphins, with our branch surgeries in Aboyne and Banchory. We deal with all types of pets and are available 24 hours a day for emergencies. We don't use any external services so it is always our staff you will see 24 hours. Please call us on 013398 82556 for any emergency or to pre-book an appointment. Woodside Veterinary Group – Your vets for your animals.

Visit us at www.woodsideveterinarygroup.co.uk


We operate from the village of Aboyne in beautiful Royal Deeside in the North East of Scotland amidst wonderful walking, mountain biking and trail running country and within a short distance of skiing and mountaineering in the Cairngorms.

In addition to manufacturing our own clothing, we are a Premier Páramo® retailer and stock a comprehensive range of outdoor clothing and equipment provided by other leading manufacturers

Our own manufactured products are worn by outdoor enthusiasts including country walkers, mountaineers, dedicated Munro baggers, skiers, curlers, canoeists, bird watchers, hunters, gliding enthusiasts and all weather dog walkers!

Service sets us apart and in addition to bespoke outdoor clothing manufacture we offer repair and alteration of outdoor clothing.

We are open Mon - Sat from 9.00 a.m. until to 5.00 p.m. all year round.

Visit us at www.hilltrek.co.uk or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it