How to spend 24 hours in Royal Deeside

Start your day early and set off on a hike, taking in the crisp, fresh Scottish air. Wander for miles beside impressive highland manors, beneath soaring trees and past tranquil fjords. Surrounded by the grand Munro mountains, rare red squirrels and herds of deer, lush fauna and plentiful flora you’ll be at one with nature in one of the most beautiful places in Scotland.

This highland haven even had a special place in Queen Victoria’s heart as she wrote “All seemed to breathe freedom and peace, and to make one forget the world and its sad turmoils”.


The Scottish holiday home for the Royal Family, Balmoral Castle is a must visit when you’re in Royal Deeside. Built for Queen Victoria herself in 1855 as a private residence for the Royal Family. Join the Ranger for a guided tour around the gardens and grounds to see surprising views and hear interesting facts.

If you truly want to experience royalty during your stay, take a ride on the Royal Deeside Railway. Indulge in the cream tea service with freshly made scones, jam fancies and tea/coffee and then drool over the creation of traditional Scottish sweeties at Dee Valley Confectioners.

Experience the process of maturation of Scottish Whiskey along with samples straight from the cask at The Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Just one mile from Balmoral Castle, this 19th Century building sits at the base of the Cairngorm mountains, surrounded by the crystal-clear water of the Scarnock springs.


As the day draws to an end, unwind and indulge in a rural, modern cottage. Combining the peace of nature with the luxury of five-star metropolitan living – The Invergarry is a stylish garden retreat for loved-up couples. Sip champagne in the standalone bath, watch the sunset over The Cairngorm National Park then stargaze from the outdoor hot tub.

This horticulturist’s cottage, originally built in 1908 has been given an uber-stylish makeover, including a designer chill-out lounge with a full height glass wall gazing south and west towards the hills of south Deeside. The full wall of bi-fold doors allows inside/outside living opening onto an external stonework patio complete with a chimnea. Pick up some tasty home-grown produce from the local towns and villages and cook in the modern kitchen before retreating to your cosy double bedroom. The bedroom is comfortable, warm and luxurious with a large cosy bed, fully fitted wardrobes and a window wall to the en-suite shower room. Wi-Fi is available throughout The Invergarry allowing you to share your amazing experience at the cottage.

Original features combine with contemporary ones to create a space that is both snug and inspiring. Spectacular all year round, with ever-changing landscapes, diverse wildlife and outdoor activities aplenty. A secluded hideaway with private hot tub in the Scottish Highlands. Where better to relax and unwind?

To book visit https://invergarry.scot


Or stay in the heart of Deesside at Douneside House with an abundance of touring, walking, climbing and fishing opportunities right at your door step. Treat yourself to a highly sophisticated 6 course tasting menu at the onsite restaurant before upgrading to a holiday cottage to enjoy all on site facilities including the on-site Health Club with swimming pool, gym, games room, sauna and a steam room.

To book please visit https://www.dounesidehouse.co.uk/

Wherever you decide to stay you will enjoy nature, culture, history, food and drink in just 24 hours in the beautiful Royal Deeside.