Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour Business listing

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Explore Royal Deeside Participating Businesses 2015/16



Please find details of our participating businesses for June’15 to June’16. Along side you will see the nearest Geocache to assist you with planning your geocaching route. We start the route from Drumoak and follow The Deeside Way & beyond to Braemar. Each business offers you the opportunity to collect a stamp in your Explore Royal Deeside Passport for each £10 you spend in their business. Click Here to download the Pdf of participating businesses. Also remember you can download the FREE Geocaching app Here.


Drum Castle Daffodils wyy4582jhpDrum Castle

(Nearest Cache – GC5XQH9)

Drum is one Scotland’s oldest tower houses and is set beside an ancient oak woodland and a walled garden that contains a fine collection of historic roses which perfume the air. Enjoy collecting the caches laid around the grounds on their mini-trail leading off ERD Cache GC5XQH9 Bonus stamps available for visiting the castle, shop or tea-room. Please keep your receipts and present them at the shop before departure to collect your stamps.

www.nts.org.uk/Property/DrumCastle-Garden-and-Estate Tel :- 01330 700334


miltonMilton of Crathes

(Nearest Cache – GC5XQRH)

A charming courtyard complex of restaurant, shops and gallery. Park here to reach ERD Cache GC5XQRH and take advantage of being able to collect bonus stamps at any of the lovely outlets. These include, The Milton Brasserie – open for lunch, dinner or coffee and cake – Atholl Countrywear, Rustiques gift shop, the Wee Boorachie craft outlet and the Milton Art Gallery.

www.miltonbrasserie.com Tel :- 01330 844566

Mains-of-DrumMains of Drum Garden Centre

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5XQH9)

The Mains Of Drum is Scotland’s only 5* Garden Centre & is a fabulous place to stop for a bite to eat or some retail therapy before or after a day of caching on the Deeside Way.  Its restaurant is open all day & serves delicious meals & home bakes. Alternatively, pick up a picnic from its food hall to enjoy on the move. Please keep your receipts & present them at the customer service desk before departure to collect your stamps.


Panorama-Inchmarlo1Inchmarlo Golf Resort

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5WBPY)

Located just outside Banchory, Inchmarlo Golf Resort is open 7 days a week from 9am-6pm (4pm Sat and Sun) and offers visitors and members the opportunity to play the attractive 9-hole Queen’s Course and improve your game with excellent teaching and practice facilities on the driving range. The family friendly ‘Tee Room’ restaurant is open to all and provides food all day.  Accommodation is also available in 2 or 3 bedroom self-catering villas. Passport stamps available for every £10 spend, including in the pro-shop.

                                                                                                                       www.inchmarlo-golf.com Tel – 01330 827080

Castles and GardensCrathes Castle

(Nearest Cache –GC5XQRH)

Crathes Castle and Gardens combine an enchanting 16th-century tower house with 240 hectares of formal gardens, woodland walks and rolling Scottish countryside. Enjoy adding to your Deeside cache count by completing the mini trail around the grounds leading from ERD Cache GC5XQRH. Bonus stamps available for visiting the castle, shop or tea-room. Please keep your receipts and present them at the shop before departure to collect your stamps.

www.nts.org.uk/Property/CrathesCastle-Garden-and-Estate  Tel :- 01330 844525



Art & craftBuchanans Bistro

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5VBNZ)

Open 7 days a week from 9am, Buchanans Bistro  is a wonderful , informal place to rest up, have coffee, cake, lunch or dinner and draw breath before hitting the ERD trail again. Serving fresh, locally sourced, organic and healthy food and delicious home baking.

FREE WIFI www.buchananfood.com  Tel :- 01330 826530





outside shotBanchory Lodge Hotel

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5WBNZ)

Banchory Lodge is the perfect retreat, set on the banks of the River Dee with fabulous views of the river and countryside beyond. In addition to being on the ERD trail, the hotel is perfectly placed for a fabulous Harry Potter themed trail around Scolty Hill. Bonus stamps available here for overnight accommodation, lunch or dinner spend.

FREE WIFI www.banchorylodge.com  Tel :- 01330 822625



pineconeThe Pine Cone Self Catering Accommodation

(Nearest Cache – GC5WBPY)

The Pine Cone is a lovely self-catering retreat for 2 people just outside Banchory. Only 80 steps from the Deeside Way, you can venture from your accommodation to the walkway in moments and head either East or West to pick up an ERD box. The Harry Potter Trail up Scolty Hill also readily accessible.

FREE WIFI www.pineconeatpinelodge.com Tel :- 01330 824565







Art and antiquesThe Butterworth Gallery

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5WBPY)

The friendly and welcoming Butterworth Gallery in Ballogie is a family run, 3 star visitor attraction selling artwork, prints and gifts from renowned local artists Howard and Mary. Extend your ERD adventure into the Ballogie mini-trail coming soon and stop off here to pick up bonus stamps on any purchase. FREE WIFI available in what is thought to be the smallest internet café in Scotland! Come and see us to find out more!

www.thebutterworthgallery.com Tel :- 013398 86104




QuadDeeside Activity Park, Farm Shop and Restaurant

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5VTRE)

Only 45 minutes from the centre of Aberdeen we offer activities ranging from quad biking round our mud-splattered course and kart racing on our asphalt racing circuit, to hitting the bullseye on our fully automatic archery range and breaking a clay at our clay shooting facility.   In addition, we also offer 4×4 off-road driving in our Landrover Defender 110’s or come and do some rifle target shooting amongst others. Come and see us! Open seven days a week from 9.00 a.m. until to 5.00 p.m. all year round.

FREE WIFI www.deesideactivitypark.com Tel :- 013398 83536



Craigievar Castle Spring asd6619jhpCraigievar Castle

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC4CCJD)

This fairytale castle stands just as it did when completed in 1626. Surrounding the castle are extensive parkland grounds with two waymarked walks, a small Victorian kitchen garden and a Scottish glen garden. The large estate features woodland, parkland with magnificent specimen trees, and farmland with extensive views over the surrounding countryside to Bennachie A mini trail around the grounds is just one of the many reasons to visit.

www.nts.org.uk/Property/Craigievar-Castle Tel :- 013398 83635



visitor centreBelwade Farm Visitor Centre and Restaurant

(Nearest ERD Cache –GC5XM96)

World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre near Aboyne is in the heart of the dramatic rolling countryside of Royal Deeside. Home to around 65 once-abused or neglected horses at various stages of their rehabilitation, the charity is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming these magnificent animals. With its award-winning Visitor Centre and Bistro, Belwade Farm is Aberdeenshire’s hidden jewel and a truly memorable place to visit.  While here be sure to complete the cache mini-trail – a further 4 to collect.

www.worldhorsewelfare.org Tel :- 013398 85398





(Nearest ERD Cache –GC5HZNR)

We are an outdoor shop with a difference – we make our own clothing. Our own Hilltrek brand uses unique combinations of fabrics and is sold around the world.In our shop we sell leading brands of clothing and equipment specialising in Paramo. For the Geocacher we also offer FREE WIFI access and our own bike rack to leave your bike.

www.hilltrek.co.uk Tel :- 013398 86062









strachansStrachans or Royal Deeside, Aboyne

(Nearest ERD Cache –GC5HZNR)

Located in the heart of Aboyne, Strachans is a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of goodies and will almost certainly stock anything that you might require for a day out in the country. Interesting swaps can be sourced from any aisle as well as all the makings of a delicious picnic from the well-stocked deli counter.  With one of the finest selections of malts in the North East, you are bound to find the perfect bottle for a celebratory dram having completed the ERD passport.

www.georgestrachanltd.co.uk Tel :- 013398 86121



Water of TanarGlen Tanar Estate

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5PBAZ / GC5PC3J)

Come to Glen Tanar and walk along the Old pines path to locate geocaches. This walk takes you into the heart of Glen Tanar’s magnificent forest, via the Chapel of St Lesmo, Knockie Viewpoint and over two old granite bridges. You are never far away from the sparkling Water of Tanar. A beautiful walk that is approximately 5 miles long. We also have a range of luxury self-catering holiday cottages to rent and many great activities to book for all to enjoy including fishing, walking & Land Rover Safaris.

www.glentanar.co.uk Tel :- 013398 86451



hotel balconies (3)Loch Kinord Hotel

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5FBWA)

This Victorian Hotel, in the Heart of Royal Deeside, is located in the wee village of Dinnet between Aboyne and Ballater. Overlooking the Deeside Way and the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve, this is the perfect location for picking up the Geotour or bagging the Narnia series around Loch Kinord. A great place to stop for light lunches, tea & scones, a whisky by the open fire or an evening of fine dining in our restaurant. Also offering a range of quality accommodation including 19 cosy bedrooms and 7 self catering lodges.

www.lochkinord.com Tel :- 013398 85229




Honey%20Cottage%20from%20front%20gardenHarvey Cottage

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC47E93)

Cosy and comfortable self catering accommodation for up to 4 people. Located in Dinnet – half way along the ERD trail. Outdoor clematis clad outdoor space for summer dining and wood burning stove for winter nights. Short breaks available at certain times of year

FREE WIFI www.glendavanhouse.com/selfcatering Tel :- 013398 81610





Glendavan-Frontofhouse2Glendavan House

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC47E93)

5* Gold Bed and Breakfast accommodation in luxury suites of rooms complete with open fires. An excellent place to base yourselves for a spot of geocaching in Deeside – 3 miles from the Deeside Way and the Loch Kinord Narnia trail from the doorstep.

FREE WIFI www.glendavanhouse.com Tel :- 013398 81610




cairngorm lodges1Cairngorm Lodges

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5HZV6

Just 5 luxury self-catering eco lodges set in the heart of a Scots pine forest adjacent to a beautiful tranquil lochan. The ultimate retreat; use as a base to explore the great outdoors of Royal Deeside. Sleeping 4, each lodge is equipped to a high standard and includes a wood burning stove to ensure a cosy stay.

www.cairngormlodges.com Tel :- 07583 436040







1500-1409-Riverside-CottageRiverside Cottage Café

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC47E93)

Riverside Cottage is focused on providing a high-quality service and excellent food. We use only the best of locally sourced produce and offer a variety of breakfast and lunch options whether it is for someone on-the-go, or a group wanting to sit in and relax. Enjoy ice cream, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and delicious cake in the beautiful surroundings of Riverside Cottage, accessible from the Deeside Way – ideally located for the ERD and mini trails leading around the Cambus O’May.

www.riversidecottagecafe.co.uk Tel :- 013397 55126


Glen Lui Hotelglenluihotel

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5WC40)

At the Glen Lui Hotel there are 19 bedrooms along with a Restaurant and Whisky Bar. A token operated launderette with drying facilities, under cover storage facilities for bikes together with fishing rod and golf bag storage is available to the rear of the building.
Storage facilities for bikes together with fishing rod and golf bag storage is available to the rear of the building.
We also have two Electric Bicycles for hire on the premises.

FREE WIFI www.glen-lui-hotel.co.uk Tel :- 013397 55402


ballatercaravan parkBallater Caravan Park

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5WC40)

Located in the lovely town of Ballater, the Caravan Park caters for touring caravans, motorhomes and camping. It offers a range of facilities but there are many more to be found within walking distance. The town centre is just half a mile away and the golf course even nearer! It is an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorms National Park and Royal Deeside and would make an excellent base for taking in the ERD Geotour.

  FREE WIFI www.ballatercaravanpark.com Tel :- 013397 55727

Keiller Lounge 3The Keiller Brasserie and Lounge

The popular Keiller Brasserie and Lounge are named after the Keillers of Dundee who built the main house in 1891. They form part of the facilities for Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Craigendarroch just outside Ballater in Royal Deeside. Savour traditional and modern cuisine, uniquely prepared with delicious ingredients in relaxed comfort and elegance, for exceptional value. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. Open to non-residents year round, serving daily from 8.00am – 9.30pm last orders. Specialty Coffee, Handmade Cakes & Pastries, Lite Bites & Nibbles, Hearty Sandwiches, Steaks, Salmon & Savoury Grills, Delicious Desserts, Craigendarroch Favourites, Sunday Lunches, Afternoon Tea. Reservations are highly recommended for the Keiller Brasserie but no reservation is required in our Keiller Lounge. Please visit: http://book.resdiary.com, search Ballater and select Keiller Brasserie. Passport stamps can be obtained from our LivingWell reception desk. FREE WIFI

http://www.higvc.co.uk/resorts/scotland/craigendarroch,    Tel – 013397 55858


cyclehighlands-ballater-3_01Cycle Highlands

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5VV33)

Cyclehighlands is Aberdeenshire’s leading cycle centre with bike hire and mountain bike guides available. We are also Scotland’s number one dealer for Santa Cruz with demo bikes available all year round. Advance booking required.

www.cyclehighlands.com Tel :- 013397 55864




strachans BallaterStrachans of Royal Deeside, Ballater

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5VV33)

Purveyor of fine wines, whiskies and speciality foods, Strachans can be found in the heart of the village next to the Green. The ideal stop to stock up on picnic foods or stores for an evening meal.

www.georgestrachanltd.co.uk  Tel :- 013397 55452







(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5VV33)

Coming soon…… A new restaurant in the heart of Ballater serving breakfast, lunch and early dinners. All food will be freshly baked and made using the finest of local produce and designed to offer something a little bit different. Due to open end July 2015. More details to follow soon.

Website and Phone number coming soon.







DSCF2553Braemar Castle

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5XQJC)

The little castle with the big history! Built 1628 as a hunting lodge for the Earls of Mar, the castle was instrumental in the Jacobite Uprisings before being converted into an army barracks. The Farquharsons turned the castle into a home and it’s now run by the local community as a visitor attraction.  Guided or audio tours.

FREE WIFI www.braemarcastle.co.uk Tel :- 013397 41219




Mar Lodge Braemar Mar Lodge

(Nearest ERD Cache – GC5XQJC)

Offering a range of self-catering accommodation from Base camp budget accommodation to luxury apartments and lodges, Mar Lodge is a remarkable hunting lodge in outstanding surroundings. Located just west of Braemar at the Linn of Dee, this is the perfect retreat and ideal for exploring the wild beauty of the Cairngorms National Park and the cache trails of ERD and Braemar.

www.nts.org.uk/property/mar-lodge-estate Tel :- 013397 20163