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Banchory is a town in Aberdeenshire.

Banchory High Street


Banchory is a great base from which to explore this part of Scotland. Literally on its doorstep you have the Royal Deeside, the spectacular Cairngorms National Park as well as the magnificent coastline. The area, with its wonderful climate and beautiful countryside, is renowned for its beauty, which also captivated the British Royal family. Just 20 miles away is Balmoral, their Scottish home.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

20 mi (32 km) west from Aberdeen along the A944, and 16 mi (26 km) north-west of Stonehaven.

By bus[edit]

Connections from Aberdeen with the 201 and 201

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Crathes Castle, Crathes Estate, Banchory, AB31 5QJ (About 3 mi (4.8 km) east of Banchory.From Aberdeen take 201, 202 or 203 from bus station at Union Square which stop at entrance to the castle), +44 844 493 2166, e-mail: . April–October: daily 10:30AM-4:45PM; November–March: Sa Su 10:30AM-3:45PM. This castle with its little turrets on the large tower, thick walls and ivy growing up the cream walls is beautiful, and acted as a family home until recently. Has a fantastic garden with carved yew hedges and colourful borders. You can also hike pre-marked trails in the large estate. Adult £11.50, children/seniors/students £8.50, family £28. Crathes Castle on Wikipedia Crathes Castle (Q2748806) on Wikidata
  • 2 Drum Castle. 13th-century tower and 17th-century gardens. Drum Castle on Wikipedia Drum Castle (Q1923521) on Wikidata
  • 3 Banchory Museum, Bridge Street, AB31 5SX. M-W F Sa 11AM-3PM; Th 10:30AM-2:30PM. Will teach you more about Banchory’s history.


Outdoor pursuits are very popular in this area, from kayaking to horse riding, walking, golfing and gliding.

  • 1 Belwade Farm (World Horse Welfare), Aboyne, AB34 5BJ (about 6 mi (9.7 km) west of Banchory). W-Su 11AM-4PM. situated in glorious Deeside countryside where you can meet rescued horses and ponies.
  • 2 Royal Deeside Railway. Royal Deeside Railway on Wikipedia Royal Deeside Railway (Q7374101) on Wikidata


  • St Ternan’s Fair is held around the second weekend of June each year. Celebrating Banchory’s history, culture and community.


Famed for the local produce; this area is popular for farmers markets.


A variety of restaurants are on offer along with tea-rooms. Famous for its local produce, you will not be disappointed.

  • 1 Douglas Arms Hotel, 22 High St. Does good meals and is nice for coffee or afternoon tea.
  • 2 Burnett Arms Hotel, 25 High St, +44 1330 824944. Isn't what it was, but they still do a traditional High Tea. 18 bedroom hotel and coach house restaurant. mains from £10.
  • Banchory Lodge Hotel. Offers full dining in the dining room, or bar lunches in the lounge. Surroundings are quintessentially Scottish and food is usually pretty good.
  • Miltons Brasserie, Crathes,, Banchory AB31 5QH (3 miles east of Banchory). M-Su 9:30-5PM. high-class dining. sandwiches £6, mains £14.
  • 3 Raemoir House Hotel, Raemoir (Further afield to the north). Tu-Sa noon-2PM, 6:30-9PM. Very nice, and even more quintessential! Also has 18 bedrooms. bar meal mains around £15, dining room mains around £20.
  • 4 Garden Restaurant & Raemoir Cafe. Garden centre with cafe and foodhall.
  • 5 Banchory West Church. F 10AM-noon. If you find yourself in Banchory on a Friday morning, nip round the corner at the church in the High Street and go in through the hole in the wall to find a down-to-earth authentic Scottish church coffee morning, complete with tray-bakes and chat, with procceeds going to charity.



Hotels and guest houses are available in the town.


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