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The Deeside Way



Aberdeen to Ballater

A 70km (44 mile) long distance walking in Aberdeenshire following the line of the beautiful River Dee.


The Deeside Way links the City of Aberdeen with Ballater in attractive Royal Deeside. Following for much of the way the banks of the River Dee it also makes use of parts of the "Old Deeside Railway". The route passes through the prosperous suburbs of West Aberdeen as it heads towards to Peterculter. Then into Aberdeenshire passing by Drumoak, Crathies and on to Banchory.
At Banchory the route departs from the general line of the Deeside railway as it head via forest and farmland to Kincardine O'Neil and Aboyne.The final section again makes some use of the old railway as it runs on the north side of the River Dee via Dinnet and Campus O'May to end at the station buildings at Ballater.

Location map

This walk route is also suitable in most parts for cycling and equestrian use. It can be slit into varying section lengths and has in almost all locations good connections to frequent public transport. For those wanting to undertake this as a continuous walk there are opportunites to find a range of overnight accommodation at suitable points along the 44 mile route.

The route passes by locations with a facinating history and heritage, and there are many places to stop off to explore that history and heritage. Some of this goes back to the earliest times of Christian Saints in this corner of NE Scotland, and the interest of the area comes right up to the present day with strong Royal Family connections with the Deeside communities.


Route Map

The routemap is produced using as its base an out of copyright Bartholomew map.


By clicking on sections of the route the website page will move to the "Route Data" section that is appropriate.

Having experience all of the walking route it is our intention to now develop this website over the coming months. It will become a comprehensive resource that will be both a marketing resource as well as an invaluable source of information to those about to embark on a walk along the Way.
Do bookmark this site and return to see all that is about to be loaded.

This website is sponsored by the Walking Support

Walking Support is a business that plans and books walking holidays on many long distance walking routes in Northern Britain.
For more information link to www.walkingsupport.co.uk.

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