There has been a small settlement at Aboyne since at least the 17th century, but the present day town really started taking shape in the 1820s when a major new bridge was built over the River Dee. A few years later, the arrival of railway and the establishment of a top quality golf club turned Aboyne into a popular Victorian country resort town. It is a typical and attractive Royal Deeside village and lies on the edge of the Ciarngorm National Park - the largest one in Scotland.
The town spreads out from a large open village green – venue of the annual Highland Games - which creates a real sense of space in the town centre. There is a good selection of shops and restaurants as well as places to stay, and the town is the focus of the annual Aboyne and Deeside Festival held every July and now in its 17th year.
Close by, the 25,000 acre Glen Tanar Estate lies amidst spectacular Highland scenery with facilities that include waymarked footpaths, cycle routes, horse riding, salmon and trout fishing, landrover safaris and a Countryside Ranger Service at the Braeloine Visitor Centre. There are also seven Holiday Cottages on the Estate that sleep between 2 and 11 people.
Click on the listings below to see the wide variety of businesses in Aboyne including all types of Accommodation - Hotels, Self catering, Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, lodges and hostels.
World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm's new visitor centre and Cafe is conveniently located just off the A93 between Banchory and Aboyne . The Farm is situated in a peaceful setting, boasting spectacular views from the Cafe of the surrounding area.
Enjoy the fine taste of Royal Deeside cuisine in our Café, whether that is a freshly cooked lunch or a cup of tea and home baked cake.
Whilst relaxing in the Café and visitors centre, you have the option to watch the horses being rehabilitated in our indoor school. Come along and find out more about the work we do to help the horses of today and tomorrow.
Our opening times are:
The visitors centre and Café are closed on a Monday and Tuesday and we are open Wednesday to Sundays from 11am until 4pm. During these days we are serving delicious lunches from 12pm to 2pm in the Café with refreshments and light bites for the remainder of the day.
Guided tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm Wednesday to Sunday when available, please call to check the tours are running on the day of your visit.
What to do at Belwade Farm:
Join us in our visitors room and learn all about World Horse Welfare's work at Belwade Farm and our training programmes abroad.
Participate in our guided tour at either 11.30am or 2.30pm Wednesday to Sunday for approximately half an hour to find out more about World horse Welfare, Belwade Farm and its residents. Please call in adavance to check availability.
Whilst walking on our nature trails around the farm, absorbing the breath taking scenery, look out for Buzzards, Deer, Kite and Squirrels. During your walk meet and admire the horses and ponies that each have their own story to tell.
Burns week 23rd -27th January 2013
Valentines week (13th-17th February ) with special eve on the 14th. 2013
Mothers Day 10th March (Bookings only) 2013
Members Day 15th May 2013
Farrier Comp 25th & 26th May 2013
Belwade Extravaganza 26th May 2013
Tack Sale Date TBC 2013
Horsepower 1st September
Clay Pigeon Shoot September Date TBC 2013
Christmas Carols Mid to Late December Date TBC 2013
Free admission. Donations are very welcome though!
Belwade Farm's wide selection of facilities range from our Cafe to our Conferencing Suite; our large gallery in the indoor arena to our substantial car park. This enables Belwade to host a variety of events. All our facilities are disabled friendly.
If you are interested in holding your own event or hiring the facilities at Belwade Farm, please contact the centre on 01339 885398.
Belwade Farm, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5BJ
Tel: 01339 885398
The spectacular Glen Tanar Estate in the heart of Royal Deeside has superb salmon fishing on the River Dee and also trout fishing from boats on Glen Tanar Loch. It has "highly rated" by Visit Scotland 4 star self catering cottage accommodation and lies within the outstanding scenery of the the Cairngorms National park.
Brooks House, Glen Tanar, Aboyne, Royal Deeside, Scotland, AB34 5EU
Tel: 013398 86451
Come and relax in our enviromentally friendly, recently renovated cottages in the heart of a family run farm known for its prize winning herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle. Choose between three properties located on a south facing hill, just outside the historic village of Lumphanan. "Macbeths Retreat" nestles beside Lumphanan burn and sleeps up to 6 people, "Lady Macbeths Rest" offers cosy accommodation for 4 and "King Duncans View" enjoys spectacular views over the hills whilst comfortably sleeping up to 8 people, including disabled access. All the cottages have underfloor heating provided in part by our biomass boiler, wood burning stoves, ipod docking stations, flat screen TVs with DVD player, fully equipped kitchens, Wi-fi, private parking and dogs are welcome in Macbeths Retreat. An ideal location for exploring Royal Deeside, skiing in the mountains or visiting the granite city of Aberdeen.
Bankhead, Lumphanan, AB31 4RB
Tel: 013398 83636
2 delightful self catering cottages situated in the quiet Deeside village of Dinnet. Each cottage sleeps up to 4 people or can be rented together to accommodate 8.
Both cottages have 2 bedrooms and an open plan sitting room / kitchen with wood burning stoves. Each also has a private patio area with seating and barbecue.
c/o Glendavan House Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LU
Tel: 013398 81610
Welcome to Mid Deeside Limited. We hope you enjoy reading about our projects on our website and feel inspired to get involved in our activities. Perhaps you will want to create a new project which would be of benefit to the community or wish to become a member of our Board. We do hope you will join us and get involved in the creation and running of projects in your community.
Since starting up in 1996, Mid Deeside Limited has:
NEWS: Following the fundraising target of £55,000 being reached, a new Renault Master bus has been ordered from Minibus Options and is due to arrive in May 2012. Thanks to everyone who helped with the fundraising and who donated.
MDL are working alongside Mid Deeside Community Council to organise a Jubilee event for 3rd June 2012 on Aboyne Green.
MDL are managing project administration for the Aboyne Centre Enhancement Scheme which is a Scottish Enterprise project. £87,038 from a successful LEADER grant is available to businesses in Aboyne to do upgrades to business/shop frontages. For further details please contact email@example.com or tel: 013398 85222. This project runs until August 2013. t This
Please contact: MDL, The Victory Hall, Ballater Road , Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5HY
Tel: 013398 85222 (9am-1.00pm)
Lochside Restaurant & Bistro Bar - Golf Course and Boutique Hotel Accommodation. Dinner, Bar Supper, Bistro and Kids menus offering a wide range of food with the option of casual eating on our balcony. Members of Eat Scotland. Full restaurant and bar services to residents and non residents. Newly opened accommmodation and a spa and has some of the best views in Aberdeenshire - facing west over Aboyne Loch. Conference facilities. Try your hand on the superb 9 hole golf course.
Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, AB34 5BR
Tel: 01339 886444
George Strachan Ltd was established in 1926 and has premises in Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar on Royal Deeside.
The family run business provides it's customers with a vast choice of single malt and blended whiskies combined with a first class service. Over 500 malts are held in stock. We also have a huge range of miniatures and commemorative decanters.
If you are seeking a whisky which we do not have we will order it for you. Delivery available within UK.
Station Square, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5HX
Tel: 013398 86121
An excellent range of outdoor clothing and equipment is available at Hilltrek Outdoor Clothing's shop in Aboyne. As well as stocking major outdoor brands such as Páramo, Hilltrek make their own outdoor clothing for walking, climbing, cycling, angling, nature watching and bushcraft, using special fabrics such as Ventile and Nikwax Analogy.
If you are have forgotten a vital piece of gear, such as an ice axe, GPS or walking poles, Hilltrek's equipment hire service can help you out.
From its Clachan Yell Workshop, named after an iconic hill in Glentanar, Hilltrek operate an outdoor clothing repair service to help restore that beloved jacket to almost pristine condition.
Hilltrek's staff are all outdoor enthusiast pleased to provide up to date information on local walking, skiing and biking routes and conditions.
Clachan Yell Workshop Ballater Road, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5HN
Tel: 013398 86062
We are a family run antiques business, located in Royal Deeside, Scotland, that buy and sell quality affordable furniture, silver, jewellery, art, books, collectables, and more.
Our range of furniture and associated services gives you the chance to take a fresh and innovative take on interior design, we can provide you with eyecatching traditional pieces, antiques refreshed to suit your taste and colour pallet, or restored pine to give a country edge to your decor.
Unit 4 & Unit 7 Aboyne Industrial Estate Low Road, Aboyne, AB34 5GW
Tel: 013398 80109
St Katherine's Cottage is situated next to Aboyne Loch and golf course, on the outskirts of the village of Aboyne.
Aboyne nestles in the beautiful hills of Royal Deeside and follows the north bank of the River Dee.
The cottage is a 10 minute walk along the lovely old railway track to the centre of the village.
Aboyne, AB34 5BR
Tel: 013398 86551
Cairnton Cottages are 3 superbly finished self catering cottages set within the grounds of Cairnton Aberdeen Angus Beef Farm on Royal Deeside, and with stunning views across the Dee Valley.
We accept dogs and we have stables and fields that we can accommodate horses also. Please ask for details.
The cottages are let from a Saturday to a Saturday but with some weekend or mid week lets available
Three bedroom cottage with single study room. Under floor heating and a wet room. Disability Friendly. Sleeps 7
Three bedroom cottage with large, spacious living area with wood burning stove. Sleeps 6
Two bedroom cottage south facing, under floor heating and views across Deeside. Sleeps 4/5
2 miles away from Deeside Activity Park which has various activities from Kart Racing to Quad Biking and Paintballing to Clay Pigeon Shooting. Staying at The Cottages will get you a 10% discount at the park!
“A very warm welcome and a great place to stay. Steak Pie was excellent, for 3 days I cleared my plate
Dess, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, AB34 5BD
Tel: 013398 83536
Russell Hogg and Laura Wood started Aboyne Photographics to provide a personalised, affordable photographic service. We cover almost all aspects of photography, examples of which can be seen throughout our site.
We know how important photography can be in all aspects of life and we have a real passion for creating images that work for you, perhaps by capturing a momentous occasion, or by enhancing your organization’s presentation. Our style uses modern techniques to create unique images of the important events in your lives.
At Aboyne Photographics our approach is relaxed, our clients find us friendly and easy to talk to. We’re proud of the relationships we’ve developed with them, relationships that have enabled us to make sure they get the results they’re looking for.
We would love to be your photographers, please contact us.
3 Old Hall Buildings, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5EJ
Tel: 013398 86083
Station Brae, Aboyne, AB34 5HU
Tel: 013398 85498