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Explore Ballogie Estate and Royal Deeside

Staying at Ballogie not only provides the perfect base from which to explore the many woodland walks, rugged hills and moorland around the estate, but is also within easy reach of the local villages of Kincardine O’Neil, Banchory and Aboyne, with the royal village of Ballater just 15 miles to the west. Here is just a small selection of the places to explore and some of the local visitor attractions we would like to recommend.

Ballogie Estate Explore Walks

Local Walks

Whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll, or prefer a bit of a hike, there are plenty of paths and trails on Ballogie and elsewhere on Deeside to satisfy even the most ardent walker. If however, you prefer a woodland walk, then you will enjoy the forest path network at Potarch.

For those who like a bit of a challenge, the Deeside Way stretches for 41 miles between Aberdeen and Ballater and is suitable for both walkers and cyclists. From Potarch Green you can join the Deeside Way heading west to Aboyne or east to Banchory. When the Potarch Café and Restaurant opens in July 2016, you will be able to enjoy a coffee or a cold drink and a bite to eat to set you up for the journey.

If hillwalking is your passion and you have set your sights on ‘bagging’ a Munro, you can climb any one or more of the 43 in the Cairngorms National Park , the highest of which is Ben Macdui at 1,309m (4,295ft). For a shorter climb, suitable for people of all ages, there is Scolty Hill near Banchory. Once you reach the summit you can climb the spiral staircase of Scolty Tower for an even more impressive view of the surrounding countryside.       

Ballogie Estate Explore Attractions

Local Attractions

There are a number of historical tourist attractions near to Ballogie. Balmoral Castle, is Her Majesty the Queen’s Highland residence and the ballroom and gardens are open to the public from the end of March to the end of July. There are also many outstanding National Trust for Scotland properties; Craigievar is a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, Drum Castle has a famous collection of roses in the walled garden and Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate is also well worth a visit. Railway enthusiasts may like to visit the Royal Deeside Railway at Milton of Crathes with its standard gauge steam and diesel hauled heritage railway and of course if a visit to a malt whisky distillery is on your to-do list, then the Royal Lochnagar and Old Fettercairn distilleries are within easy reach of the estate.

Contact Ballogie Estate

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