The heart of Dee­side

LIV­ING Aboyne is a jewel in the crown

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - HOME STYLE -

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.

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