through Royal Deeside : 2
At Dess just west of Kincardine o Neil the A93 passes through a short but beautiful tree-lined section before entering open countryside again. Shortly, the Aboyne loch is reached with its surrounding golf courses and then the town of Aboyne itself.
For long the home of the Marquis of Huntly, Aboyne has, for many, a rather 'English' appearance. This is undoubtedly because of the fine village green clearly visible from the main road. This green is the home of one of the leading Highland Games, held each year in August. A delightful Victorian town with many good shops it is also home the the main school and community centre for the western end of Royal Deeside.
On the western side of Aboyne is Aboyne Gliding Club, a mecca for serious gliding enthusiasts. The reason for its appeal is obvious even to the layman for, looking west, the Grampian hills are now very prominent and above are the strange cloud formations that indicate the up-currents the gliders need. From now on Lochnagar, Morven and Culblean, all mentioned in poems by Byron, are visible. Soon, at the edge of the village of Dinnet, one passes the massive stone that states 'You are now in the Highlands' . Another stone announces that you are also in the Cairngorms National Park.
Not to move away from the A93 would be an error. From Banchory to Aboyne, the South Deeside Road passes through charming countryside and links the communities of Strachan, Finzean and Birse. To the west of Aboyne it leads to the magnificent Glen Tanar. To the north, a country road runs from Torphins to Lumphanan before joining the main Tarland road close to the fairytale Craigievar Castle. Just east of Tarland is the magnificent Queen's View, looking south-west to Lochnagar. Closer still is the Cuilsh earth-house, but bring a torch if you want to see the inside!
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