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The Deeside Way

Aboyne to Ballater

A 18.1km (11.3 mile) section following in parts the River Dee and concluding in Royal Ballater.

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Route start at the Memorial Building 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.

Directly 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.

Tree lined path heading towards Heugh head 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 southern side.

Aberdeenshire Gliding Airfield 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.

Looking NNW from the Way 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.

River Dee close to Campus o' May 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.

Tullich Chapel 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.

Craigendarroch Hill 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.

Railway Station in Ballater 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 bus service.

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