The last section of the Deeside Way starts from the Side of the "War Memorial Buildings" that are on the north side of the A93.
This walk is very similar in distance to that of Peterculter to Bnchory at just over 11 miles.
behind this building is the line of the now dismantled Royal Deeside Railway and the walking route turns west at
this point resuming it pleasant walk along the cutting and between housing on both sides of the path.
The community of Aboyne is an expanding on and the first mile is alongside considerable new housing, constantly on
the left but also in parts to the right and north of the trail.
Almost immediately the housing ends the trail turn
to the left for a very short distance before crossing the A93 road to now follow the line of the road but from its
For the next two miles the walker’s attention is very likely to be drawn into the skies, for to the south on the
flat land bounded by the River Dee and the A93 lies the
Deeside Gliding Club airfield. This is
a very active club and there are frequent gliders being towed into the skies by the small tug aircraft.
The next small community is Dinnet and the Way cross over the B9158.
As the Way departs SW from Dinnet it enters into an area know as the "Muir of Dinnet". The route also diverges from the A93
until it turns NW and merges with it again close to Campus o' May.
While walking through the Muir of Dinnet the views to the north are over open countryside with the hills in the distance.
After what has been a 2 ½ mile section of relatively straight line walking in the Muir of Dinnet the trail
curves to the right and enters into the area of Cambus o’ May, the path being tight between the River Dee
to the south and the Deeside road on the north. This is an attractive sectin of riverside walking as the
Dee now takes a slow left hand curve to Turnerhall and Tomnakeist.
This is the point where the Deeside Way leaves the River Dee for the final time as the route veers away on
its final 3 miles into Ballater. The path now follows the line of the old railway track for the remainder of Way.
On the north side of the path is Tullich Chapel and surrounding grave yard. There is a 20 metre diversion from
the Way to visit this ruin.
Almost directly on the south side of the way is "The Souterrain" this being an ancient underground storage
or hidibg place that is thought to date back to the early BC era.
Just to the south of Milton of Tullich the path descends to make a crossing of the A93, the old railway bridge
have been previously removed. Care is needed at this crossing as vehicle from the east can be moving at speed
and have arrived at this point from a blind curve. Once across the track is with fields on either side and the
dominant views are SW into Ballater and NW to Craigendarroch Hill.
The last few hundred yards / metres of the Way is alongside housing on the left before the path reaches the
Ballater Station buildings.
This houses a restaurant, shops and an exhibition that depicts the Royal Coach that would have carried the
Royal Family between Aberdeen and Ballater as they travelled to Balmoral Castle.
This is the end of the Way a present, and from the Station Square it is only a matter of yards to reach
the main centre on Bridge Street and Church Square.
Ballater is full of hotels and B&B accommodation and there are places to enjoy refreshments at the end of
this Way. Transport back to the start point in Aberdeen is fairly frequent by the Royal Deeside Stagecoach