Aboyne lies on the north side of the River Dee on the A93, mid-way between Ballater and Banchory, in the beautiful country surroundings of Royal Deeside, just a short distance from the Cairngorms National Park. The village is also conveniently located for travel to and from the city – the distance from Aberdeen to Aboyne being just under 30 miles.

Although its population numbers only around 2,600 residents, the village has lots to offer locals and visitors alike – with a great selection of high quality local shopping as well as leisure and sports facilities to choose from. Housing in Aboyne spreads outwards from the village centre where you will find a range of properties from bungalows to semi-detached and detached family homes, all built in the traditional granite stonework popular in the North East of Scotland. On the edge of Aboyne there are also modern family homes and bungalows set back from the A93.


2,600 people

Distance from Aberdeen

30 miles


Regular bus service from Aberdeen


Primary School

  • Aboyne Primary School (with nursery unit)
  • Ballater School (with nursery unit)
  • Braemar School (with nursery unit)
  • Crathie School
  • Finzean School
  • Kincardine O’Neil School
  • Logie Coldstone School
  • Lumphanan School
  • Tarland School (with nursery unit)
  • Torphins School (with nursery unit)

Secondary Schools

  • Aboyne Academy
Additional information

Catchment areas information can be found here.

Average cost of a three-bedroom home: £158,000

Average Floor area of three bedroom home: 89m2 / 958ft2

Derived from Quarter Four 2022 property sales in the area.


Local amenities:

  • GP Services, Outpatient Clinics and a Pharmacy
  • Post Office
  • Library
  • Supermarket


Nearby Leisure Facilities: 

  • 18 hole Golf Course
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gym
  • All-weather sports pitch
  • Indoor Climbing facilities
  • All-weather Tennis Courts

History of Aboyne

Historical sites in and around Aboyne include the 13th century Aboyne Castle and Tomnaverie Stone Circle, which dates back approximately 4,000 years. The placing of a castle in Aboyne is related to the limited number of crossings available for the Mounth, the range of hills on the southern edge of Strathdee that makes up part of the Grampian Mountains. Aboyne also played an important role in the Jacobite uprising, acting as the scene of a great hunt in September 1715, which was actually a cover for a meeting of Jacobite nobles and lairds.


Things to do in Aboyne

One of the most popular spots for outdoor leisure in Aboyne is its superb village green, which plays host to the annually-held Aboyne Highland Games. The Aboyne Games are well established – having run for over 150 years they continue to be very well attended today, and the event is considered to be one of the best of its kind.

Aboyne offers lots of opportunities for outdoor pursuits – including an 18-hole golf course at Aboyne Golf Club, a bowling green, all-weather tennis courts, fishing, shooting, water-skiing and a gliding club. There are also some superb walking routes such as the Deeside Way which runs from Ballater to Aberdeen via Aboyne and follows the line of the Old Royal Deeside Railway.

The village also boasts a swimming pool complex which forms part of Deeside Community Centre. For winter sports enthusiasts, Aboyne is conveniently located within easy reach of Glenshee and the Lecht – both of which are home to some of Scotland’s best skiing and snowboarding facilities.

Schools in Aboyne

The closest primary school for residents of Aboyne, is Aboyne Primary School. The facility serves the village and the surrounding rural area and offers education from nursery level to P7. Many smaller villages in the surrounding area also have their own primary schools, including Ballater, Braemar, Kincardine O’Neil, Tarland and Torphins. Aboyne Primary school is the only school that benefits from a shared campus with Aboyne Academy, the main secondary school in the area.

If you’re looking to buy a house or flat in the area, or for property to rent in Aboyne, let ASPC help! Our site contains a comprehensive listing of flats and houses for sale – from new homes in Aboyne to characterful period properties. For property in Aboyne to buy or rent – from one bedroom apartments to substantial family homes, our list will help you find the home for you. You can also take a look at our range of retirement properties here.

Further information at: www.royal-deeside.org.uk  

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