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About Banchory

A charming town in the heart of Royal Deeside, Banchory is where you go to "get away from it all". Small, attractive and steeped in history, Banchory is the perfect place for history lovers or couples on a romantic break: whether you're hiking through the wild green hills surrounding the town, enjoying a relaxed round of golf at the golf course, perusing the independent shops on the high street or visiting the fairytale-esque Crathes Castle, you will be enchanted by the landscape, history and culture of the Scottish Highlands. To find out more, browse our list of the best places to stay in Banchory.

Banchory has a deep and rich history. By 500 CE, St. Ternan built a church on the eastern side of where the town now stands. During the medieval era, fortifications like Crathes Castle - erected in the 16th century - began peppering the hillsides and valleys, and by the 19th century, Queen Victoria is said to have fallen in love with the region - so much so that she bought Balmoral Castle. It is easy to see why. With the savage peaks of the Cairngorms looming in the distance, tumbling ever-onward towards the northern coastline of Scotland, the landscape has an untamed and majestic feel to it. Great walks are to be had here, whether you're hiking to the top of Scolty Hill, exploring the grounds of Crathes Castle or watching salmon leap upstream at the Falls of Feugh.

The town itself is charming. Far from being swamped by mega-chains and designer brands, Banchory's high street is lined with bookstores, butchers and bakers, so you should take some time out gently strolling her quiet streets, passed the old whitewashed cottages and granite townhouses. Banchory was put on the map in 1905, when tthe golf course was established, so visitors can enjoy spending a lazy afternoon golfing! If you're pining for the cultural flavours of Scotland, then be sure to check out Woodend Barn, a fantastic local arts venue that puts on performancs ranging from contemporary theatre to traditional folk music.

What not to miss

  • Head 20 miles outside of Banchory and explore Balmoral Castle, the holiday home of Queen Victoria!
  • Enjoy a round of golf at Banchory's own golf course.
  • Hike up Scolty Hill and drink in the spellbinding views!
  • See the Falls of Feugh and watch the salmon leap upriver.
  • Take in a performance at Woodend Barn!
  • Check out the nearby Crathes Castle, explore her miles and miles of ancient woodland and go wild at her treetop adventure park.

Picturesque, quiet and charmingly stuck in a time warp, Banchory is the best place to go for rest and respite. The best places to stay in Banchory will ensure that you get the rest you deserve.

The best places to stay in Banchory

Value chic

  • TorNaCoille: a beautiful baronial house offering elegant rooms adorned with stylish furniture and luxury beds, and the gourmet restaurant serves up the best of local, Scottish produce. A godsend for people on a budget! 

Rural retreat

  • Banchory Lodge: the perfect place for fishing-lovers, this gorgeous retreat sits overlooking the River Dee, and guests can cast a fly at the bottom of the garden. Set in gorgeous green grounds, offering elegant rooms, a cosy bar and an excellent restaurant. Ideal for couples. 

For an apartment or cottage

  • Our partner has a wide range of cottages and apartments in the nearby area. 

Travel information

  • Fly to Aberdeen and get a Jet727 bus to Banchory. It is an 18 mile journey, roughly a 30 minute drive. 
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars
  • The best time to go is during the summer, when the temperature ranges between 8 and 20 degrees. 

Still not sure? 

Best Hotels in Banchory

  • TorNaCoille 30 rooms from CA$101


    Set in a lovely baronial house, TorNaCoille is an excellent hotel in Banchory on Deeside. Elegant rooms are adorned with luxurious beds and tasteful furniture. The hotel's excellent restaurant has a Scottish focus and utilises the best of local produce.

    Local exploring  -  A great base from which to explore the beautiful landscape and sights of Deeside.
    Sights nearby  -  Deeside is full of lovely castles such as Crathes Castle and Drum Castle.
    Fishing  -  Go fishing on the nearby Dee, one of the UK's best salmon rivers.
    Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of lovely walking routes.
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  • Banchory Lodge 28 rooms from CA$138


    Overlooking the banks of the river Dee, Banchory Lodge is a true Scottish retreat. Elegant rooms, an atmospheric bar and an excellent restaurant all come together to form a superb hotel. A great spot for keen fishers who can cast a fly from the bottom of the hotel's garden.

    Local exploring  -  A great base from which to explore Banchory and the surrounding Deeside area.
    Fishing  -  The nearby fishing on the Dee is some of the finest in Scotland.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit sights such as nearby castles at Crathes and Drum.
    Great walks  -  Go for lovely walks along the Dee.
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