The Grampians and the Northeast
The countryside in this northeastern region of Scotland is
mostly mountainous and always beautiful. The region takes its name
from its highest point, which is in the rugged, Grampian Mountains. The Cairngorm
Mountains, considered part of the Grampians, are now protected as a
national park and we regard this area as one of the most attractive in
Scotland. In the north and eastern coastal areas rolling hills replace the mountains. Sections of the northeastern coast provide dramatic
landscapes and stunning seascapes.
The Grampian region of Scotland offers a diverse blend of attractions
that rise above the natural beauty of the area.
- There are a number of enchanting, small towns and villages that prove
to be wonderful places to stay. Most offer good food, interesting
shops and a number of worthwhile attractions.
The Aberdeen and Grampian
Highlands section of Visit Scotland's
details the principal tourist attractions in the region. Of interest to many visitors to the Grampians is the fact that they
are home to Scotland's only
Malt Whiskey Trail.
You might want to consider a visit to the
Cairngorms National Park
as an alternate way to spend your time. We think the Cairngorms
provide the best natural beauty in the Grampian region and several noted
towns are located in this area.
Just within the western
boundary of the Park, you will find Aviemore and
two small towns that provide access to hiking, golfing, skiing and
beautiful outdoor vistas.
those of you who are interested in trains, the Strathspey Railway
steam engine runs from Aviemore to Boat of Garten and on to Broomhill
(known as Glen Bogle in the old BBC television show the Monarch of the Glen). The ride is memorable for the fine
views that can be enjoyed while the train winds its way through scenic
Finally, the southern section
of the Cairngorm National Park along the River Dee from Braemar
an area known as the Royal Deeside, is one of the most beautiful and
enjoyable sections of Scotland.
Ballater, a small village several miles east of Balmoral Castle, is centrally located
and, we think, one of the best places to base an exploration of the Royal
The River Dee is worthy of
- Accommodations include luxury
hotels but we recommend choosing a bed & breakfast. The
townspeople in Ballater are good hosts and they can provide you with the
best advice on where to tour at different times of the year.
- Many of the shops in Ballater
have "Royal Warrants" and are licensed suppliers to the Royal
Family's nearby Balmoral Castle residence.
- The most enjoyable aspect of
Ballater, however, is its country setting. There are many
surrounding areas that offer easy hiking and spectacular scenery.
- Maps showing the area's hiking and walking trails are
available from most B&Bs, but one of the best paths is a leisurely
walk along the banks of the River Dee,
- The notable castles
in the Royal Deeside include
Dunnottar Castle is a must-see attraction.
Castle Corgarff has a unique star-shaped defensive wall
Out buildings behind the Keep at Dunnottar Castle