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Explore Royal Deeside

Banchory Lodge is perfectly positioned for exploring Royal Deeside at its very best.

For everyone…

Whilst there’s enough to keep you busy around the clock it’s the surrounding countryside that really steals the show. With a patchwork of rolling fields, ancient woodlands and of course the stunning River Dee there is plenty to see and do. Close to the hotel and well worth a visit is the tumbling Falls of Feugh where salmon can be spotted leaping up the river in winter and spring. So, whatever the weather – sandals or wellies – head out on foot, bike or horseback and admire the stunning vista and glistening rivers and you won’t be disappointed.


For active people…

Royal Deeside is a playground for outdoor types and provides the perfect backdrop to get your heart beating a little faster. Besides walks and cycling there’s some stunning golf courses nearby and we have plenty of contacts for horse-riding, shooting and fishing. Hill walkers will be in their element on nearby Scolty Hill or one of the higher peaks accessed from the Cairn O’Mount road, such as Clachnaben.

For culture vultures…

There are many lovely art galleries all over Royal Deeside, some are hidden away down little lanes. We recommend The Lost Gallery, Butterworth Gallery and McEwan Gallery. Banchory also has its own thriving performing arts centre in a restored cow byre called Woodend Barn. There are year-round regular live events, music, theatre, dance and even a cinema. For more details log onto


North East 250…

Launched in 2017, the North East 250 offers the most spectacular road trip for anyone looking to make the most of the stunning scenery we have on our doorstep. Make a stop off at The Lodge and experience award-winning food and a luxury overnight stay as part of your trip. With our location at the gateway to Royal Deeside, there’s plenty to see and do in the area. We’ve got fishing on the River Dee, historic castles, golf courses and countryside walks in abundance. Then refuel with a hearty breakfast before heading off up through the Cairngorm National Park, towards the distilleries of Speyside. For more details visit



History of the area…

Banchory is the gateway to Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms, Scotland’s only National Park. The coming of the railway in 1853 turned the town into a country resort and much of its architecture dates back to that era. The clean air of Deeside has long been a draw coupled with its stunning scenery.

Of course there is a strong Royal connection with Royal Deeside. The royal family have holidayed at Balmoral and Birkhall since the mid 19th-century. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert often travelled by royal carriage to Balmoral Castle along the Deeside Railway line, now a popular footpath close to the hotel.

Traditional Scottish architecture is showcased nearby at two National Trust for Scotland castles, Crathes and Drum, just a short drive from the hotel. Widely believed to be one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in the country, Crathes Castle also has stunning formal gardens. Set on an estate of more than 400 acres Drum Castle has a medieval chapel, a formal rose garden and romantic forest walks in the old wood of Drum. For more details and opening times for the castles log onto

Today more than 8,000 people live in Banchory making it the largest town in Deeside

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