Royal Deeside follows the River Dee into the heart of the Grampian Mountains.
Royal Deeside is a fine-looking area that captivated Queen Victoria with its characteristic Scottish blend of moody mountains, lofty crags, tumbling rivers and moors and forests. The rarefied Royal air still pervades the neat chocolate box towns and villages of Deeside, such as Ballater and Braemar, which are unsurprisingly thronged with tourists in season. Braemar is famous for its Highland Gathering - one of Scotland's best. Deeside offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities such as walking, biking and wildlife watching, and many accommodation options.