how to get here
Stonehaven or Aberdeen stations are the closest, and we can arrange to collect you from either.
BY PLANEAberdeen Airport is 40 minutes away, you can either hire a car from there or we can arrange to collect you. Edinburgh Airport is around 1 hour 40 minutes away and care hire is available there.
BY CARFrom the south, follow the A90 from Dundee towards Aberdeen and exit at Edzell heading to Fettercairn. Once you reach Fettercain follow the B974 over the Cairn O’Mount towards Banchory. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you reach the top of the Cairn, and as you head back down the other side you will find us at the Bridge of Dye just after the snow gates at the bottom of the hill.
From the north, drive into Banchory and head south at the lights towards Strachan, on reaching Strachan turn left at the signpost to Fettercairn (B974) and follow the road for about 10 minutes, you will find us at the Bridge of Dye just before the snow gates.
WHAT TO DO LOCALLY
Glen Dye is an outdoors paradise. There are miles and miles of tracks on your doorstep for walking, cycling and running. These run through one of Britain’s finest private forests or across miles and miles of moorland wilderness.
The River Dye is also on your doorstep. Here you can fish for trout or simply paddle or swim. The river is an excellent place for canoeists when in spate (after rain).
Banchory, Aboyne, Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle, Balmoral, Braemar and Ballater are all within easy reach as are -literally- hundreds of amazing places to walk, cycle, climb and yomp. The Highlands are a civilised place with its ‘access to all’ policy enshrined in law, so if you love remote outdoor activities then this is the place for you.
Good Local Places to Visit
These are our favourite places for a morning or afternoon away from Glen Dye.
Dunnottar Castle. This is an incredible ruined medieval castle on a dramatic rocky outcrop about 2 miles south of Stonehaven. There is a steep path to negotiate and you’ll need to pay to enter, but it’s worth it.
Stonehaven. A small and picturesque fishing harbour that’s worth a visit for a short wander, trip to a pub or fish and chips. An ancient fireball ceremony takes place every Hogmanay and although we have never made it there, it looks pretty dramatic.
Balmoral, Ballater and Braemar. The heart of Royal Deeside is about an hour away. Balmoral Castle is open to the public at certain times of year and the powerhouse gallerists/restauranteurs/hoteliers Hauser and Wirth have refurbished the Fife Arms in Braemar. Ballater and Braemar are good places to wander and window shop or drink coffee.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Dundee. As you’re beginning to understand, it’s not just hills, forests and rivers round here. We’ve got Hauser and Wirth (see above) and now (drumroll) the Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee. So, there’s some serious culture on offer.
Falls of Feugh. Closer to home than the V and A but no less dramatic are the salmon leaping between September and November. Conditions need to be right and it might take some time to get your eye in, but if you’re lucky you’ll see endless salmon persevering in their attempt to swim upstream. There’s a viewing bridge just outside Banchory on the B974. While in Banchory a visit to the gardens at Crathes Castle will be fun. It’s a National Trust property and the gardens are expansive and lovely.
The Best Local Shops and Cafes
Banchory is about 8 miles from Glen Dye. When our children were young their favourite treat was to go the garden centre which sold bulk dog biscuits, so that they could steal them and eat them in the shop; if shop lifting is ever benign then we viewed this as such. But I digress, Banchory has some excellent independent shops and cafes, most notably:
ABV Wine and Beer. A really good retailer with exceptional stocks of wine, beer, gin and whisky.
Yeadon’s Books. An independent book shop that deserves our support.
Mitchell’s Hardware. An excellent little hardware shop on the High Street. Not particularly romantic in the way hardware shops can be, but very well stocked.
There are also two chemists, various gift and coffee places, a decent fish and chip shop, a butcher (selling good but mainly prepacked meat), W H Smiths and a small co op. Just outside Banchory, towards Aberdeen is a large Tesco.
Buchanan’s Brasserie. New to Banchory at the time of writing but early signs are promising and there is genuine passion and commitment behind this.
There are some great independent shops in Aboyne including a butcher, some nice gift and coffee shops/cafes and a largish co op.
Our best local Farm Shop is at Finzean. It is family run with real focus and has a good coffee shop, too.