Originally built as a hunting lodge, Braemar Castle has large towers and defensive walls giving it a real sense of history and intrigue, with guided tours showcasing the original furnishings and features that have been retained throughout the property. The surrounding countryside also makes for an exciting walk, with the chance to see red deer and golden eagles.
The Scottish residence of HRH The Queen. Guests to Balmoral are able to tour the extensive gardens and grounds alongside some interior exhibitions that detail the history of the castle. Visitors can enjoy the formal gardens and the vegetable garden, which is harvested every year for the Royal Family's holiday visit.
Cairngorms National Park
One of Britain's most varied national parks for landscapes. There are exceptional hiking and casual walking routes available in the breath-taking Cairngorms, whether you wish to tackle the mountains themselves or would prefer to stick to the lowlands. Numerous visitor centres and ranger bases provide opportunities to learn all about the surrounding regions.
Glenshee Ski Centre
Glenshee lies on the boarder of Aberdeenshire and Perthshire in the Cairngorm National Park. The car park at Glenshee is at 650m (2132ft) above sea level which makes the A93 the highest A road in the UK
Lairig Ghru walk
The Lairig Ghru is one of the mountain passes through the Cairngorms of Scotland. Like many traditional routes the ends of the route through the Lairig Ghru are like the ends of a frayed rope.