Royal Deeside Accommodation


About Royal Deeside

Royal Deeside is most famous as the location of Balmoral Castle, the Royal family’s Highland holiday retreat. As Scottish castles go, Balmoral is something of a new build as it was constructed in the 1850’s. Fortunately, there are lots of other interesting and historical castles to be visited in this area. 


Something that you might not be aware of is the large number of stone circles that can be visited in a day trip around this region. The great thing about these Neolithic sites is that few other tourists know about them so you can soak up the timeless atmosphere without distractions. You might even feel like you’ve gone back in time.


Royal Deeside does tend to get a bit overlooked, but it has a lot to offer and we’d certainly encourage you to give it a go. After all, the Royal family has been coming back here for their holidays for the last 160 years so it must have something going for it.


If you want to learn more about attractions around Royal Deeside have a look at our Travel Blogs:


Our recommended accommodation in this area includes:

  • 2 Victorian period properties in the village of Braemar,
  • A B&B in Crathie (near Balmoral) which is run by a couple who were members of staff at Balmoral Castle,
  • A recently modernised steading in Crathie that operates as short let self catering. Ideal for families,
  • An upmarket hostel in Ballater that provides en-suite bedrooms at very good value rates,
  • A top of the range B&B in a former hunting lodge near Dinnet,
  • A luxurious 4 star B&B in a Victorian mansion with interesting history in the village of Aboyne,
  • A stylish “Boutique” hotel in an old coaching inn that is also in Aboyne.

Young Children are accepted in 6 properties, and pets are accepted in 2. 

In addition to the places that we recommend from personal visits, this guide lists 1 additional property which has been recommended to us by our friends and clients.


With the Guide, you also receive recommendations on where to find the best local:

  • Historic Sites
  • Scenic Spots
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Festival & Events
  • Restaurants & Pubs

PLEASE NOTE: The Guides come in the format of PDF files. After payment, you will receive an automated email that enables you to access your Scotland Tour Itinerary.

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