Aboyne, Beauty and Charm in the Scottish Highlands
Aboyne is a charming burgh on the River Dee, surrounded by beautiful, unspoiled Highland hills. Founded in 1671 by the Earl of Aboyne, the village exhibits plenty of historic charm and offers many activities to visitors, particularly those who enjoy the outdoors. Opportunities for fishing, hiking, cycling, and skiing abound in Aboyne and the surrounding area. There are also sites of historical interest, including the Balnagowan cairn field. This ancient necropolis consists of some 900 stone cairns in a densely forested wood.
Since 1867, Aboyne has hosted Highland Games on its Village Green. The Green is unique because it is one of the few of its kind in Scotland. It was modeled after a traditional English green by the Marquess of Huntly, who lived at nearby Aboyne castle. The Games take place on the first Saturday in August and consist of feats of strength as well as competitive dancing and piping.
For four weeks in July and August, Aboyne hosts the Aboyne and Deeside Festival. This festival of the arts consists of music and drama performances, readings, art classes, and a variety of family friendly activities. Some of the most popular events are the Country Houses gatherings. At these gatherings, visitors enjoy poetry, music, lectures, and refreshment in the relaxed atmosphere of a country home.
Just outside of town, visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of the Highlands. The River Dee is one of Scotland’s premier salmon and trout fishing rivers, and nearby Aboyne Loch is well-stocked with carp and pike. Cyclists, hikers, and horse-riders will find a number of trails on the 25,000 acre Glen Tanar Estate. The Estate lies within Cairngorms National Park, which is the largest park in Great Britain and boasts most of its highest peaks.