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Small town known locally as the Gateway to Royal Deeside



Royal Deeside Railway

Standard gauge steam and diesel hauled heritage railway, in a beautiful setting running alongside the River Dee.
AB31 5QH


Alford Valley Railway

Family Day Out.
Kingsford Road
AB33 8HH



Peel Ring Of Lumphanan FREE

This great earthwork of 13th-century date was the site of a fortified residence, perhaps a hunting lodge of the Durward family.
0.5m South West of Lumphanan off the A980.
AB31 4QA


Maiden Stone FREE

The Maiden Stone is a Pictish cross slab that stands about 3 meters tall and probably dates to the 9th century AD.
Near Chapel of Garioch
4.5m North West of Inverurie on the A96
AB51 5HR


Drum Castle, Garden And Estate

The combination of a 13th-century square tower, a Jacobean mansion house and the additions of the Victorian lairds.
Aberdeen & Grampian
AB31 5EY


Picardy Symbol Stone FREE

One of the oldest, simplest, Pictish symbol stones, possibly of 7th-century date.
8m South of Huntly off the A96 to Raes of Inch
AB52 6LS


Leith Hall

From this garden's historic past come two ponds and an ice house, but richly planted borders are the pride of Leith Hall today.
AB54 4NQ


Castle Fraser, Garden And Estate

A visit to Castle Fraser is a great day out for the whole family. One of the most spectacular of the Castles of Mar.
AB51 7LD


Cullerlie Stone Circle FREE

A circle of eight stones enclosing an area consecrated by fires on which eight small cairns were later built. About 4000 years old.
0.75m South of Garlogie off the B9125
AB32 6UX


Craigievar Castle

This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, seems to have grown naturally out of the rolling hills.
AB33 8JF



Crathes Castle, Garden And Estate

Stunning castle and landscaped gardens.
Crathes Castle
AB31 5QJ


Go Ape! Crathes Castle

Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure.
Crathes Castle
Crathes, Banchory
AB31 5QJ


  Water sports

Stonehaven Art Deco Open Air Swimming Pool

Stonehaven Art Deco Open Air Swimming Pool.
Queen Elizabeth Caravan Park
AB39 2RD



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