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How to get to Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms, Scotland?

Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms is just a short drive from the city of Aberdeen. With an international airport offering flights throughout the UK and Europe and busy train station with services running across the UK, Aberdeen’s excellent transport links makes the area easily accessible to visitors from all over the UK and the World.

By Car

Travelling by car allows visitors to easily explore the area and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

From Aberdeen:

A short drive of less than 10 miles will see you enter the Royal Deeside area. Depending on your destination, you can choose to travel to Royal Deeside by either taking the North Deeside (A93) or South Deeside (B9077) Roads. Routes are well signposted as Deeside National Tourist Routes.

From the North:

Inverness is around a two hour drive from Royal Deeside, easily linked by the A9 and A95.

A more scenic route to the area can be taken by following the West – East Highland National Tourist Route. This route takes you along the A939 and A944 from Inverness to Aberdeen up over the Lecht and through the Don valley, a famed wild mountain road.

One of the most popular routes from the North is the A941 from Elgin, through the Speyside whisky country, to Strathdon. This route, with its numerous distilleries, forms part of the famous whisky trail with numerous.

From the South:

The A93 trunk road from Perth to Aberdeen forms the well signposted Deeside National Tourist Route. This road runs north from Perth through wild Glenshee and reaches a height of 670 metres, which makes it the highest main road in the UK. The views are absolutely magnificent as you come down from Glenshee Ski Centre into the Upper Dee Valley.

Travellers from the south can also take the well known B974 Cairn O’Mount road that leaves the A90 artery route near Brechin and descends down into the Dee valley near Banchory. Be sure to stop at the breathtaking viewpoint at the Cairn O’Mount summit.

By Rail

Aberdeen is the main railhead for Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms and is served by regular express services from Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, as well as local services from Inverness.

First Group, who are the main operator of rail services, offer passengers Rail Bus tickets which include onward bus travel to the likes of Aboyne, Ballater, Banchory and Braemar. For example, it reduces the bus fare from Aberdeen to Braemar from £16 return to £10. Visit the ScotRail website for details and information.

The main bus station in Aberdeen is adjacent to the railway station making transfers quick and easy.

Full details of rail timetables and ticket options can be found at

By Bus

Most local bus services into Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms are operated by Stagecoach Bluebird.
The most regular bus service into our area is the “Royal Deeside” service that runs from Aberdeen along the main A93 road through Banchory, Aboyne and Ballater to Braemar. There are up to 9 services a day to and from Braemar (about 2 hours travelling time) and up to 18 services a day to and from Ballater.

Alternative services from Aberdeen run through Torphins and Tarland to Aboyne and Ballater and through Alford to Strathdon and Corgarff. Full details of all services and timetables can be found at: Stagecoach’s website

There are also summer “Heather Hopper” services that run through Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms on their way to Aberdeen from Grantown on Spey and Aviemore and from Pitlochry and Perth.

By Air

Aberdeen Airport is within easy reach of all parts of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms. It is served by regular scheduled flights to and from 19 UK and 15 European airports, including a good selection of services by budget airlines.

Full details of services into Aberdeen Airport can be found at

Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms is also within easy reach of both Edinburgh and Inverness airports, which extend the range of air services into the area. Both cities are around a two hours drive away.