Royal Deeside offers a wide range of attractions for all visitors. The fascinating Castle Trail takes in many of the National Trust for Scotland properties, castles and gardens, while the Whisky Trail comprises all the distilleries of the Northeast. The newly established Cairngorms National Park is within a day's excursion distance.
Drumgesk is the ideal base from which to explore Eastern Scotland or the magnificent Highlands. Balmoral Castle is situated a little way up the Dee valley. The River Dee is internationally renowned for its Salmon and trout fishing. Golf courses in the surrounding region are plentiful and varied, from the classic links courses on the Aberdeenshire coast to the hilly courses of the upland areas, via a number of excellent and attractive flat courses along the Dee valley. They cater for all levels of experience, from courses suited to the novice to those approaching championship quality. Gliding and orienteering are also available nearby.
The Royal Deeside Valley enjoys a drier microclimate than other nearby areas. Off-road and adventure activities (Deeside Activity Park, less than 2 km from here), Cycling, Walking, Gliding, and Orienteering are much enjoyed in the area. Nearby places of historic interest include the Culsh Earth House near Tarland, the Peel Ring at Lumphanan (said to be Macbeth's last stopover) and a variety of stone circles. There are many attractive places along the Dee and its tributaries that are ideal for picnics. Play facilities for children are available in the park areas of each village in the valley. For people of all ages, Alford Transport Museum offers perfect entertainment on a rare wet day. There is also a unique outdoor attraction, Storybook Glen, for younger children who like fairy tales and Disney films, and in case of inclement weather, the Soft Bear Centre - great fun for most ages.
Closer to home, my daughter runs a Riding Establishment, Khalsbana Stables, next door, and she would be happy to give riding lessons or hacks (duration may be discussed) to my guests, but only if these are booked well in advance.
There is also a plethora of good eating places nearby, ranging from the very tasty, very-good-value-for-money pub meals, to the fine restaurants, and also a variety of ethnic eateries, in the shape of Italian, Chinese and Indian restaurants and fast food establishments. I will be happy to help you choose where to eat.