Explore Ballogie and Beyond
When you visit us, not only is our accommodation the perfect base to explore the many woodland walks, rugged hills and moorland areas around the estate, but Ballogie Estate 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 a small selection of the local visitor attractions and places to explore that we would like to recommend.
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. Potarch Café and Restaurant is perfectly located just off the Deeside Way and on the edge of Potarch Woodland Walks 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.
There are a number of historical tourist attractions near Ballogie. Balmoral Castle is the late 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.