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It feels like a deep dive into the glens and ancient forests where Aberdeenshire meets the Cairngorms National Park.
In Royal Deeside you can roam for miles across grand highland estates – beneath windwashed cathedral pines, by still, dark lochs, along crystal-clear rivers where salmon come to spawn. Visiting Royal Deeside is an opportunity to spot other wildlife including, capercaillie, pine marten, red squirrel, and herds of red deer. Scan the skyline and you may see a golden eagle.
Every village has its own Highland Games. The clans that gathered here centuries ago still gather today. Granite walls, legendary castles and mysterious standing stones tell a long history of settlement in Royal Deeside. This is a landscape shaped and stewarded by hundreds of generations of hunters, farmers, foresters.
With so much to do and see in Royal Deeside planning a group trip can be challenging so we’ve put together some example itineraries to help.