Places of Interest

Places of Interest

Farmers Markets

Aboyne, Ballater & Banchory Farmers Markets are held monthly hosting a wide range of stalls and producers. Come and join us on one of our Market Day Cookery Classes to get special access to one of these markets and meet the producers.  

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Some of the best

Wark Farm – Organic farm, producing beef, lamb, geese, chicken and artisan pies. Experience days and holiday cottage

Esker Spirits – Our favourite gin in the country! (don’t tell the Lost Loch!) Lovely team making a range of top award winning gins

Granite City Fish – Aberdeen fishmongers, regulars at local markets, high quality produce

Kincardine Kitchen – Delicious fancy pieces and preserves from the heart of Royal Deeside 

H M Sheridan – Local creative butchers, Ballater/Banchory, available in shops throughout the North East 

Katy’s Eggs – Free range hen, duck and quail eggs

The Bee Cabin – Bee keeping supplies, honey producers and beeswax products for sale

Lunan Bay Farm – Free range goat meat and the most amazing seasonal asparagus 

Hotels, Restaurants & Shops

A few of our favourites

Banchory Lodge Hotel, Banchory

Douneside House Hotel, Tarland

Raemoir House, Exclusive use venue, Banchory

Maryculter House Hotel, Maryculter

The Boat Inn, Aboyne

Balmoral Arms, Ballater

The Darroch Learg Hotel, Ballater

Ballogie Estate, Accommodation & Sporting Activities

Lys-Na-Greyne, 5* Guesthouse, Aboyne

Glenkindie Estate, Holiday Cottages, Donside 

Strong Water Co, Wine and spirits merchants, Banchory

Finzean Farm Shop, Finzean

Deeside Deli, Ballater

Bark + Ride, Aboyne – Dog gear brand & local pet shop – well worth visiting when in the area to get your doggy a new towel, harness or just some fancy treats! 

Activity Providers & Guides

Fun for all ages

The Deeside Activity Park Outdoor activity centre with farm shop & cafe

Glenshee Ski Centre Skiing, Snowboarding and Ski Touring

The Lecht 2090 Snow sports, Sledging and Mountain Biking

Hillgoers – Guided hill walks for all abilities, skills courses and navigation qualifications  

Cyclehighlands – The North East’s top bike shop, hire bikes, guided rides and workshop classes 

Ride in Peace Adventures – Mountain bike guide and skills coaching for all levels, adults and children 

Granite Adventures – Kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking and hiking guide 

Macdui Bike Adventures – Guided tours complete with hire bikes, perfect for travelling visitors 

Sup2Summit– Multi-activity provider based on the East-Coast. Axe throwing, climbing and Bushcraft are among some of the activities on offer. but Stand up paddleboarding is their speciality, form beginner lessons to multi-day epics! 

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