Five things to do in and around Banchory
Adjacent to the magnificent River Dee sits the lovely town of Banchory. Whilst it might be small in scale it isn’t short of things to do. Whether rain or shine, there’s bound to be something for you and the family to do and it certainly is ‘the place to be’.
Crathes and Drum castles
Banchory has not one amazing castle, but two, both with distinct charms and catering to different personalities.
Crathes Castle, Garden, and Estate boasts turrets, towers and winding staircases and a lofty ivy-clad tower house surrounded by 240 hectares of formal gardens, woodland walks and rolling Scottish countryside. To top it all off, the property is home to the North East’s only Go Ape tree top adventure. Fun for all the family, there’s also a range of seasonal events.
Less than 10 miles up the road is Drum Castle, bestowed to William de Irwyn by Robert the Bruce in 1323. It’s undergone a bit of impressive renovation since then, making its impressive halls and cosy tearoom the perfect spot to visit on a rainy day, or if there’s a break in the weather, a stroll around the walled gardens.
This stunning multi-arts venue on Banchory’s edge is the perfect spot if the weather is unforgiving. Hosting a diverse programme across the arts; you can catch a movie, a play or even a workshop. The workshops cover all ages and creative skills, as the not-for-profit organisation strives to support the community to grow and learn through creativity. You can pop through to the charming Buchanans Bistro for a bite of their freshly baked sourdough breads.
Royal Deeside Railway
For over 100 years, the Deeside Railway carried passengers and goods from Aberdeen into the heart of Royal Deeside. Closed 50 years ago, the line is being brought back to life thanks to the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society, giving people the chance to experience this diesel engine, along the stunning River Dee. From visiting Santa during the Christmas season, to your own steam driving taster session, there’s lots to do at the Railway, even if you just want a cup of tea and an ice cream!
Known as the gateway to Royal Deeside, the Banchory Museum is the perfect chance to learn about the history of Banchory and its most famous resident, J. Scott Skinner.
As well as a permanent collection exploring Deeside natural history, local genealogy and history and Aberdeenshire archaeology, the museum holds workshops, discussions, and guest exhibitions.
Bridge of Feugh
Just a short walk from the centre of Banchory and you can see one of nature’s most spectacular sights. From September to November, or February to March you can catch salmon leaping up the rocks, against the raging torrent, to return to their spawning grounds up river. You can also view a former Toll House, sporting an old mile marker showing the number of miles to Aberdeen.