WHAT TO DO IN ROYAL DEESIDE

The Tor-Na-Coille Hotel is placed in the heart of
Royal Deeside with ease of access to many activities

ACTIVITIES ON ROYAL DEESIDE

lots to see and do when you visit
The Tor-Na-Coille Hotel

If you are the active, outdoor person there is no better place to enjoy than Royal Deeside which offers an abundance of sporting pursuits and activities to be enjoyed including fishing, golfing, walking, cycling and skiing or if you are looking for the tourist attractions explore the castle trail, whisky distilleries and craft breweries

Skiing in Scotland, Tor-na-coille

Fishing in Royal Deeside, Tor-Na-Coille Hotel Banchory



FISHING

The River Dee is internationally acclaimed for its world class salmon fishing. www.fishdee.co.uk Equipment can be hired locally and the local Ghillies can take you to the best spots and will give you expert advice on what, where and how to catch the biggest fish in the area’s waters.

We can store your equipment overnight and set you up for the day with a hearty packed lunch. Return to the hotel and relax in the lounge with a wee dram.

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FISHDEE.CO.UK

The Dee is widely known as one of the great salmon rivers of the world. Anyone who has ever cast a fly for Atlantic salmon will know the allure of our river. Today we have the privilege of welcoming anglers from all over the world who come in search of the ultimate prize: a Dee springer taken on the fly.

The character of the river makes it ideal for fly fishing . Its fast flowing , crystal clear waters are home to a succession of salmon pools that provide the angler with some of the finest fly water in Europe. As John Ashley Cooper once wrote about the Dee, 'it is hard to know what better type of water a keen fly fisherman could ask for.'

www.fishdee.co.uk has all the information you need to find and book fishing, including tackle, where and when to fish.

Contact the River office on +44 (0)133980411 or info@riverdee.org


Golf at Royal Deeside, Tor-Na-Coille

GOLFING

Scotland is known as the home of golf and the North East alone has over 45 courses. Aberdeen has its own golf celebrity in the name of Paul Lawrie OBE who is the Scottish Professional golfer best known for winning the Open Championship in 1999 and at the Paul Lawrie Golf centre you will find a spacious 27 bay driving range. Trump International Golf Links is the newest addition to Aberdeen’s links golf experience Banchory is a great place to commence your ‘royal’ golf tour starting with Banchory Golf Course which is a well established parkland course only 100 yards from the town centre. Its wooded and riverside setting provide an inspiring round.

Aboyne has had several new holes added some years ago, contributing greatly to the courses challenge and character. The front nine holes being a lush tree-lined parkland while most of the homeward section is rugged heathland.

Ballater seems a flat and unassuming course from the first tee but it has many subtle and disarming aspects. A good combination of length and understated challenge makes Ballater well worth exploring. The final outpost on the ‘royal’ tour is Braemar which is a delightful 18 hole surrounded by hills and set well over 1000ft above sea level.


Walking in Royal Desside, Banchory - Tor-na-coille Hotel



WALKING

Lower Deeside has some fine woodland scenery and lower hills, stretching from Aboyne through Banchory to reach the edge of Aberdeen. The area is packed with forest and riverside walks.


Cycling on Royal Deeside, Tor-Na-Coille



CYCLING

The Deeside Way or as it is sometimes called, the Royal Deeside Line is one of the newest cycling and walking trails in Grampian. Like other disused railway trails it is suitable for cyclists of all ability and especially suited to families. The Deeside way starts at Duthie Park in the centre of Aberdeen and continues for 16 miles close to the River Dee through the heart of rural Aberdeenshire to Banchory and from here it is on to Kincardine O’Neil and Aboyne before reaching Ballater.


Glenshee Skiing, Banchory - Tor-na-coille Hotel



SKIING

Glenshee ski centre is located at the point where the A93 enters the Cairngorms National Park. The snowfields at Glenshee stretch over 3 valleys and 4 Munros giving access to 40km of marked pistes, as well as off piste skiing. Beginners and novices are able to get to grips with skiing and snowboarding on the nursery slopes with easy progression onto the seven lifts. It is also ideal for intermediate skiers with no less than 25 blue and red runs and the experienced skiiers can test their skills on the two excellent black runs.


Castle near Royal Deeside, Tor-Na-Coille



CASTLES

For centuries, the inhabitants of Scotland have been building fortifications and strongholds and it has been estimated that there were once about 3000 castles in Scotland. Within the Aberdeenshire and Grampian area there are 27 castles with the most famous being Balmoral – the Scottish holiday home to the Royal family.


Whisky Trails - near Banchory Royal Deeside

WHISKY TRAIL

Whisky distilleries were founded in an environment rich in the highest quality ingredients – pure clear spring water and abundant supplies of fragrant golden barley. Royal Deeside’s Royal Lochnagar distillery is one of Scotland’s finest and is located next to Balmoral Castle. Fettercairn is snuggly tucked away at the foot of the Cairngorm mountains from which it takes spring water supplies. Dalwhinnie, Glenlivet and Tomintoul distilleries are also within travelling distance.