The heart of Deeside
LIVING Aboyne is a jewel in the crown
IN THE heart of Royal Deeside, Aboyne has all the characteristics you are looking for in a typical village. And at its centre, Aboyne Green is the focal point for many activities in the area. with Aboyne’s Highland Games being held there every August. The village is home to an 18-hole golf course, a water ski-ing club at the Loch of Aboyne and a gliding club. It is also perfect base for walkers with nearby Glen Tanar at the foot of the Cairngorms. The area is ideal for young children as they can play in the park, on the Green or grab an ice-cream from one of the cafes. Aboyne has a primary and secondary school, which also caters for communities in the surrounding area. There is a swimming pool and gym run by Deeside Community Centre. The Huntly Arms Hotel is a popular spot for a pint and grub and the converted railway station, which was in use until 1966, is a top spot with families. The Aboyne Highland Games, which take place tomorrow, offer the perfect chance to explore all the village has to offer. The games, which began in 1867, are the highlight of the year in Aboyne, attracting tourists and locals to watch the competitions take place. Aboyne is an area which is steeped in history tracing back to its origins when the Green was designed by the Marquess of Huntly, who was one of the first inhabitants of Aboyne Castle. The village itself only came into being after a bridge was established in 1828, as prior to this there had been only a small settlement. The area is a perfect place for families looking for a more peaceful spot away from the bustle of the city. With an array of natural beauty and plenty to keep the whole family entertained, this small village in the heart of Aberdeenshire is bursting with activities and fun.
HIGHLIGHTS: Aboyne Castle; top right, a water skier and bottom, Highland dancers.