Braemar Castle

Victorian Heritage Trail

Royal Deeside has been a favourite holiday destination of the Royal Family ever since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first visited and fell in love with the Balmoral Estate in 1848. Since then successive generations of the Royal Family have adopted the area as their tranquil retreat.

The Victorian Heritage Trail includes historic places that make the picturesque Dee and Don Valleys, in the north east of Scotland, a truly majestic place.

Départ / Arrivée
Banchory / Ballater
  • Jours
  • Distance

  • Moyen de transport
  • Thème principal
Lieux d’intérêt
Majestic locations
Royal connections
Stunning castles
Tour a distillery
Régions couvertes

Jour 1Drumoak

Moyen de transport:

The first day on your itinerary is jam-packed with Victorian attractions for you to explore. See Victorian architecture at Drum Castle, visit the railway station used by Queen Victoria, learn about Queen Victoria’s connection with Crathes Castle and see beautiful Victorian artwork at Finzean Estate.

  • Drum Castle Banchory

    Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

    Drum Castle combines a unique mix of a late 13th century tower, fine Jacobean mansion house and later Victorian additions. Superb furniture and paintings are on display while the estate's woodland trails and exceptional walled rose garden are well worth exploring.

    Plus d’infos sur : Drum Castle
    Drum Castle,Drumoak,Banchory,AB31 5EY
    • Parking
    • Parking accessible ou point de débarquement
  • The Royal Deeside Railway Banchory

    The Royal Deeside Railway

    The Royal Deeside Railway Line was regularly patronised by the Royal Family and their guests to the Balmoral Estate. Experience a real, royal journey as you travel by steam train along the original track, just as Queen Victoria would have done on her visits. On arrival back at the station, enjoy a light lunch or high tea and marvel at the glorious views over Royal Deeside from the Carriage Tearoom.

    Plus d’infos sur : The Royal Deeside Railway
    Milton Of Crathes,Crathes,Banchory,AB31 5QH
  • Crathes Castle Banchory

    Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

    © National Trust for Scotland

    Crathes is a classic fairytale castle standing in superb grounds with a range of woodland trails on offer to help you explore. Inside, spiral staircases lead to rooms famous for their Jacobean painted ceilings and resident ghost, the Green Lady. Outside, the gardens feature large yew hedges and a colourful double herbaceous border. The wider estate offers six separate walking trails to enjoy, as well as a Go Ape! treetop adventure park and children's adventure playground.

    Plus d’infos sur : Crathes Castle
    Crathes Castle,Crathes,Banchory,AB31 5QJ
    • Parking
    • Parking accessible ou point de débarquement
    • Cafétéria ou restaurant
  • Finzean Estate Banchory

    Welcome to Finzean

    Take a leisurely stroll around the spectacular Finzean Estate, home of the Farquharson family for over 400 years. The ancestral home of Victorian painter Joseph Farquharson, or 'the Painting Laird', Finzean Estate has an incredible collection of Victorian art. Sample local treats at the Farm Shop or enjoy supper in the award-winning tearoom and take part in a host of traditional estate activities including clay pigeon shooting and salmon fishing.

    Plus d’infos sur : Finzean Estate
    Balnaboth Steading,Finzean,Banchory,AB31 6PA
    • Parking
    • Parking accessible ou point de débarquement
    • Toilettes accessibles

Jour 2Glen Tanar, Cambus o'May & Ballater

Moyen de transport:

On your second day, enjoy the natural splendour of Royal Deeside with a trip to some of the favourite beauty spots of the Royal Family. Absorb beautiful views of Glen Tanar, the tall Scots pine trees at Cambus o’May and the lovely burgh of Ballater.

  • Glen Tanar Estate Aboyne

    Glen Tanar National Nature Reserve

    Glen Tanar Estate is situated within the Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of Royal Deeside. Stroll around the private loch and enjoy the view from the beautifully restored Victorian Boathouse. Tour the house and marvel at the ballroom and Tower of Ess or simply enjoy a turn around the finely landscaped Victorian gardens, you could even try cycling, horse riding and fishing.


    Plus d’infos sur : Glen Tanar Estate
    Brooks House,Glen Tanar Estate,Aboyne,AB34 5EU
    • Parking
    • Toilettes accessibles
  • Cambus o'May Ballater

    The Deeside Way is near Ballater and Cambus O' May The Cairngorms National Park

    © VisitScotland / Jakub Iwanicki

    This woodland is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. Take a stroll through the magnificent Scots pine trees to breathe in the scents of the forest around you. As you walk, make sure to keep on the lookout for red squirrels, which make their homes in the trees.

    Plus d’infos sur : Cambus o'May
    Dinnet,Ballater,AB34 5SD
  • Ballater Ballater

    An aerial view of Ballater on the River Dee in Deeside; Aberdeenshire.

    © VisitScotland / Richard Elliot

    Spend time exploring the lovely Ballater. Wander around the burgh, perusing the shops, many of which proudly display Royal Warrants. This planned agricultural town dates back to the 1800s. A stroll around the town reveals a fascinating range of many speciality shops and friendly hotels and guest houses.


    Plus d’infos sur : Ballater

Jour 3Ballater

Jour 4Braemar

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