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The Deeside Way

The Deeside Way is a longer distance path running from near the centre of Aberdeen, to Ballater, in the Cairngorms National Park, famous for it's Victorian Heritage and links to Balmoral Castle. Pitfodels Station

The path is suitable for walkers and cyclists with many sections suitable for horses as well.

The route follows the line of the Old Royal Deeside Railway from Aberdeen to Banchory, through woodland and farmland to Kincardine O'Neil and then rejoins the old line from Aboyne to Ballater, total distance 41 miles.

Along the way there are many opportunities to see remains of the old railway infrastructure as well as stunning views over the River Dee with the Cairngorm Mountains as a backdrop as you head further west.

Interpretation Panels

There are interpretation panels at some of the old stations along the route in Aberdeen. Copies of some of these are available here:

Information about the Deeside Way in Aberdeenshire can be found at

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