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About Aboyne

A charming and picturesque village in the heart of Royal Deeside - an area of astounding untamed beauty - Aboyne is the quintessential countryside escape. Whether you're a couple looking to get away from it all, or just someone needing some much-needed respite, this is the place for you: whether you're waterskiing on Loch Aboyne, spending a day golfing on Aboyne's famous golf course, attending the local Highland Games or hiking through the Cairngorms, you will find yourself lost in unspoilt tranquility. Find out more by checking out our collection of the best places to stay in Aboyne!

Sitting between the sea and the looming grey majesty of the Cairngorms, Aboyne has had a long but quiet history. The presence of the Balnagowan "necropolis" - a series of well over 1000 cairns, or ancient burial mounds of stone - alludes to long periods of ancient settlement in the area. The village was founded in 1671 by the first Earl of Aboyne, but Aboyne saw its prospects rise when the golf club was first estabished there in 1883 - an event that put this sleepy village on the map. Up until that point, Aboyne had been a fairly atypical highland village.

There is much to do in both the village and the outlying region. The natural scenery boasts a treasure-trove of activities: the River Dee lying nearby is great for salmon fishing, while Loch Aboyne, sitting north of the village, boasts an excellent waterskiing club. The Deeside Activity Park runs everything from go-karting and archery to clay-pigeon shooting, while on the Loch Tanar estate, you can find some lovely spots to walk and cycle. Of course, no trip to Aboyne can be undertaken without a hike through the gorgeous hills! if you're feeling brave, why not attempt to conquer the Cairngorms?

What not to miss

  • Check out the Cairns of Balnagowan, a site of over 1000 ancient burial chambers!
  • Go for a round of golf at the Aboyne Golf Course.
  • Enjoy a day out of go-karting, archery and clay-pigeon shooting at the Deeside Activity Park!
  • Stroll through the gorgeous grounds of the Glen Tanar estate.
  • If you're there in the summer, attend the Aboyne Highland Games and watch the tug-o-war, highland dancing and the infamous caber-toss!
  • Relax with a spot of salmon-fishing on the River Dee.
  • Waterski on Loch Aboyne!

Aboyne is picturesque and quaint, teeming with highland culture, beautiful scenery and enough activities to keep you entertained for days. Don't miss out, check out our collection of the best places to stay in Aboyne!

The best places to stay in Aboyne

Luxury B&B

  • Lys-na-greyne: in a beautiful setting overlooking the River Dee, offering plush and contemporary rooms with incredible large bathrooms. Ideal for fishing or hiking holidays.

For an apartment or cottage

  • Check our partner Booking.com to see if they have any cottages or apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • The best time to go is during the summertime, when the Aboyne Highland Games are in full swing, and when the temperature ranges between 8 and 20 degrees.
  • Fly to Aberdeen International Airport, and get either a bus or taxi to Aboyne.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Aboyne

  • Lys-na-greyne 6 rooms from CA$186

    Aboyne

    In a picturesque position overlooking the River Dee, Lys-na-greyne is a luxurious B&B. Boasting plush rooms with modern interiors and spacious bathrooms, Lys-na-greyne is perfect for a relaxing break. With excellent fishing on the doorstep, it's a great base for a fishing trip to the Dee.

    Great walks  -  The surrounding area is full of beautiful walking routes.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Craigievar Castle and Kildrummy Castle.
    Fishing  -  Superb salmon fishing on the nearby Dee.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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