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Enjoy the numerous outdoor activities at Ballogie Estate and in surrounding Royal Deeside, including field sports, salmon fishing, hill-walking, quad biking and skiing to name just a few. If you fancy a shopping trip to round off your stay, there are many interesting, local shops in BallaterAboyne and Banchory.

Ballogie estate field sports rough shooting

Field Sports

Whether your passion for field sports is deer stalking on the hills or grouse shooting on the moorlands, you will be well catered for at Ballogie. With over 6,000 acres of beautiful countryside and local ghillies to impart their expert knowledge when needed, we aim to deliver a unique and rewarding experience that you will always remember.

Ballogie Estate Activities Salmon Fishing

Salmon Fishing

The River Dee has some of the best salmon and sea-trout fishing in Scotland. Ballogie Estate is situated on the south bank of the river and manages three beats which cover a distance of 5km with many named salmon pools along its length. You can even buy your fishing tackle online including flies and lines from our Head Ghillie, Sean Stanton, before you arrive. 

 

 

Ballogie Estate Activities Hill Walking

Hill-Walking

If you love taking to the hills you will be spoilt for choice in Royal Deeside. The Cairngorms National Park is home to 43 Munros including Ben Macdui and Lochnagar. Booking accommodation on Ballogie Estate gives you the perfect base, from which to explore the area, and also somewhere warm and relaxing, where you can kick off your boots and enjoy a dram at the end of the day.

Ballogie estate field sports offroad cycling

Off-Road Cycling

There are many options for off-road cyclists and mountain bikers in Royal Deeside. Tarland Trails are a set of mountain bike trails based in Drummy Woods in Tarland. They opened in 2015 and are the result of a two and a half year project. The Deeside Way covers 41 miles of glorious countryside from Aberdeen to Ballater. There are also miles of designated cycling forest tracks, and trails within the Cairngorm National Park, which are perfect for getting away from it all. Potarch Café and Restaurant is one of the hubs along the Deeside Way and when opened in June 2016, will be the perfect place to stop for a rest and a bite to eat.   

Aboyne Golf Club

Golf

Ballogie is located close to some of the finest golf courses in Aberdeenshire and the North East of Scotland. The facilities available cater for golfers of all ages and abilities, providing a range of terrain that can create interesting challenges for beginners to even the most experienced golfers.

Aboyne Golf Club, located approximately 5 miles from Ballogie was established in 1883 and is spectacularly set above the village on rolling countryside with splendid views across the Deeside valley all the way up to the Cairngorm National Park. Visitors to the estate can expect a warm welcome and preferential green fees as well as golf club and buggy hire. Other courses available in the area which are well worth a visit are Banchory, Ballater and Braemar, with The Paul Lawrie Golf Centre located within easy reach with facilities including a golf driving range.

In July every year ‘The Royal Deeside Golf Classic’ takes place locally; offering the opportunity to holiday in Royal Deeside and play Banchory, Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar golf courses over a period of five days; this is the perfect opportunity to experience the splendour of Royal Deeside and all it has to offer. 

Ballogie estate activities quad biking

Quad Biking

Quad biking has become increasingly popular over the past few years. There are quad bike centres nearby, such as Deeside Activity Park, where you can ride across rough terrain and get suitably mud-splattered along the way. 

Ballogie Estate Activities Skiing Snowboarding

Skiing & Snowboarding

Glenshee, just south of Braemar, is one of Scotland’s top skiing and snowboarding destinations. Lying just an hour’s drive from Ballogie Estate, Glenshee boasts the UK’s most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities.

Lecht 2090 (as it is based 2,090 feet above sea level) is a winter activities centre based near Strathdon. It caters for all levels of skiers and snowboarders and it is especially good for beginners and intermediates. Summer activities include two downhill trails for mountain bikers.

The Alford Ski Centre is a flood-lit dry ski slope and has year round facilities for skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

Ballogie Estate Activities Attractions

Historical Attractions

There are a number of historical tourist attractions near to Ballogie. Balmoral Castle, is Her Majesty the Queen’s Highland residence. There are also many outstanding National Trust for Scotland properties including, Craigievar, Drum Castle and Crathes Castle which are close to Ballogie and on the 'Castle Trail'.

Ballogie estate activities highland games

Aboyne Highland Games

The Aboyne Highland Games has been held annually since 1867, with the exception of a break during WW1 and WW2. The Games this year will be held on Saturday 6th August on Aboyne Green and to mark the centenary of the death of ‘Scotland’s Greatest Athlete,’ Donald Dinnie, the Dinnie Stones will be exhibited at the event. On their return to Ballogie, which was the birthplace of Donald Dinnie they will be displayed at a special site in the garden of  Potarch Café and Restaurant beside Potarch Lodge close to where he originally showcased his amazing strength in 1860.

Ballogie Estate Activities Malt Whiskey Distillery

Malt Whisky Distilleries

A visit to Royal Deeside would not be complete without a trip to a malt whisky distillery.  The closest to Ballogie are Royal Lochnagar and Old Fettercairn distilleries and they are part of the Grampian 'Malt Whisky Trail' the only one of its kind in the world.

If you wish, log on to the Visit Scotland website for further details on activities and attractions in Royal Deeside.      

Contact Ballogie Estate

For further information call our Estate Office on 013398 86497 or send an e-mail to info@ballogie-estate.co.uk