The Butterworth Gallery operates in the heart of Royal Deeside, a gateway to the Cairngorm National Park. Only a 40 min drive from Aberdeen the area has numerous places of interest in one of Scotland's most beautiful areas.
You can find a variety of walks in the area such as the Shooting greens, The Deeside Way, Cambus O'May Forest Walks, and the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve with its famous Burn O'Vat. Those wishing to cycle these routes can hire from Cycle Highlands in Ballater. Another way to enjoy the great outdoors is to go horse riding, several equestrian centre exist in the area such as the excellent one in Glen Tanar. The River Dee is renowned for its salmon fishing, or you could simply watch the salmon leap and enjoy local cuisine at the Falls of Feugh Tearoom. Or if you simply fancy a birds eye view of Royal Deeside then why not try gliding at the UK's foremost wave soaring site, the Deeside Gliding Club.
A visit to Royal Deeside wouldn't be complete without a trip to Balmoral Castle, The Queen's summer residence. There are several other National Trust for Scotland Castles in the immediate area such as Crathes, Drum and Craigievar. These are open all year round and provide enjoyable walks and parks. The North East of Scotland is well known for it's Stone circles and earth houses. The Tomnavarie Stone Circle at Tarland and the Culsh Earth House are set close to the magnificent Queen's view and Royal Deeside's oldest village Kincardine O'Neil, home to the Old Smiddy museum.
Food & Drink
After a days exploration it is probably time to have a bite to eat followed by a well earned rest. The Potarch Cafe & Restaurant provides wholesome food and a few cosy rooms next to the River Dee. For a lite-bite and the chance to buy some local produce, the Finzean Farmshop is also close by in the heart of Joseph Farquharson country. Run by its Scottish and Swedish owners, The Loch Kinord Hotel in the quiet village of Dinnet with holiday chalets is also highly recommended for both food and accommodation. For a touch of luxury why not try the Tor-Na-Coille Hotel in Banchory or the recently relaunched Fife Arms in Braemar.
Other Useful Links
Visit Scotland / Potarch Webcam / Royal Deeside Portal / National Trust Scotland / The Marcliffe at Pitfodels / Ballogie Estate Enterprises / DeeTour / Midstrath Equiworld Club / Milton of Crathes / Donside Frames / Gallery i Inverurie / Mary Louise Butterworth / Visit Aberdeenshire