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You will find artists, makers and designers in the communities all along the SnowRoads who are inspired by its landscapes, nature and history daily. 

Places of interest

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Food @ Speyside Centre

Speyside Centre is family run and has been rebuilt following a devastating fire in 2016. Visitors can now enjoy; A Restaurant serving lovely traditional meals and snacks and full of lovingly made home baking and specialising in ‘Clootie... read more

Food @ Speyside Centre

http://www.speysidecentre.com/

Email

01479 851359

Skye of Curr
Dulnain Bridge
PH26 3PA

Activities & Attractions

Braemar Highland Games Centre

The Braemar Highland Games Centre explores a living tradition, the Highland games, focusing on the world-famous Braemar Gathering and its long-standing royal connections. Housed in The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion, it was unveiled by... read more

Braemar Highland Games Centre

The Braemar Highland Games Centre explores a living tradition, the Highland games, focusing on the world-famous Braemar Gathering and its long-standing royal connections. Housed in The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion, it was unveiled by HM The Queen in September 2018 and opens to the public 15th March 2019. The building is named in honour of HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, a keen supporter of the project through his charity, The Prince's Foundation. The Pavilion's exhibition will tell the story of Highland games and gatherings throughout the ages, celebrating the deep-rooted cultural and sporting traditions of Scotland. The unique story of the Braemar Gathering and the organisation behind it, the Braemar Royal Highland Society, founded in 1815, will be told through objects, documents and costumes. Discover how the Gathering's continuing link with the Royal Family began with Queen Victoria, learn about Highland games activities such as piping, dancing and heavy events, and see original Highlander uniforms, complete with kilts! The Pavilion cafe, tastefully furnished with the Duke of Rothesay tartan, is a comfortable place for a morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. From local hams, breads and cheeses to beautiful smoked salmon from the North East coast, the menu will celebrate the best that Scotland, and in particular Aberdeenshire, has to offer. Finish off your visit by picking up a souvenir of your day from our shop, or even by buying tickets to the next Braemar Gathering! The Pavilion and the Arena are available also for weddings, private and corporate events and can be hired for exclusive use. Chloe's Kitchen Creations - Licensed cafe at the Pavilion - open 7 days a week, 10am-4pm for tea, coffee, cake & light lunches.

https://www.highlandgamescentre.org

013397 49220

Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion, Broombank Terrace, AB35 5YX
Broombank Terrace
Braemar
AB35 5YX

Activities & Attractions

The Braemar Gallery

An eclectic mix of paintings, etchings, prints, sculpture, pottery and jewellery. The aim in the gallery is to keep it varied and vibrant and enjoy seeking out new and interesting artists as well as selling our more established names in Scottish... read more

The Braemar Gallery

An eclectic mix of paintings, etchings, prints, sculpture, pottery and jewellery. The aim in the gallery is to keep it varied and vibrant and enjoy seeking out new and interesting artists as well as selling our more established names in Scottish Art. In the gallery you will see such names as Pam Carter, Hamish Macdonald, Francis Boag, Jim Wylie, Dronma, Jane Duckfield, Fiona Haldane ,Colin Robertson and Ken Ferguson to name but a few. We Will be running Printmaking classes in the new year. Very exciting times! Please give us a call or drop us an email to find out more or to book a place. More info is available on our website.

https://www.braemargallery.co.uk

Email

013397 41681

34 Mar Road, Royal Deeside, AB35 5YL
Royal Deeside
Braemar
AB35 5YL

Activities & Attractions

Smarty Art

Come and choose from a huge selection of ceramic shapes and paint however you fancy. We have over 50 colours to choose from and YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE ARTISTIC - it's amazing what you can create with a sponge and our writer bottles! ... read more

Smarty Art

Come and choose from a huge selection of ceramic shapes and paint however you fancy. We have over 50 colours to choose from and YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE ARTISTIC - it's amazing what you can create with a sponge and our writer bottles! Don't think it's just for children either - many adults find it a highly therapeutic way to forget about your daily worries and stress. We will then glaze and fire them for you, achieving an extremely professional result. If you are at the end of your holiday, or just looking for a present, we also have a selection of take-away kits available from just £10. Please allow yourself plenty of time to paint – you need three layers to build up an opaque colour. Therefore, as a guideline; for under 4s allow approximately an hour, for 4-8 year old’s - an hour and a half, allow 2 hours for 8-11 year olds and 12 years and older can spend 3 or 4 hours or even a whole day (on quiet days only!) painting a masterpiece, especially if you are a perfectionist! For those who have visited before, please note we are not currently in Aviemore but you can find us half way down Grantown on Spey High Street.

https://www.smartyart.co.uk

Email

01479 873552

39 High Street , PH26 3EG
Grantown on Spey
PH26 3EG

Activities & Attractions

Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Neighbouring Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar is the perfect place to discover how Scotch Whisky is made. Watch as our team of operators tend to our traditional mashtun, gleaming copper stills and fill casks at our traditional distillery, which... read more

Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Neighbouring Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar is the perfect place to discover how Scotch Whisky is made. Watch as our team of operators tend to our traditional mashtun, gleaming copper stills and fill casks at our traditional distillery, which retains much of its original charm. The tour ends with a dram of the award-winning Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt. Royal Lochnagar Distillery one of the jewels in the Royal Deeside crown is situated beside her Majesty the Queen’s Scottish Home, Balmoral Castle, in Crathie, half way between the villages of Ballater and Braemar, which is home to the world famous Highland Gathering and Games. The distillery takes its name from the mountain, Lochnagar, which is a Munro, a mountain over 3000ft high. The Royal name was bestowed upon the distillery following a visit by Queen Victoria on the 12th September 1848. At the end of this, the first ever distillery tour, Queen Victoria enjoyed a dram of mature Lochnagar highland single malt scotch whisky.

https://www.royallochnagardistillery.com

Email

013397 42700

Crathie, AB35 5TB
Ballater
AB35 5TB

Activities & Attractions

Stagecoach North Scotland

The valley of the River Dee is known as Royal Deeside for its connections with Queen Victoria and her descendants. The Royal Residence of Balmoral Castle sits in the heart of the valley and is still a favoured home to Her Majesty the Queen. Dee... read more

Stagecoach North Scotland

The valley of the River Dee is known as Royal Deeside for its connections with Queen Victoria and her descendants. The Royal Residence of Balmoral Castle sits in the heart of the valley and is still a favoured home to Her Majesty the Queen. Dee Valley, which sits partly within the Cairngorm mountains, with the River Dee running through its centre offers walkers a variety of hill walking opportunities, from the majestic mountains of the Cairngorms, which includes The Queen’s jewel Lochnagar. From Monday 9th July 2015, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Balmoral Estate from the open top bus which connects Braemar, The Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Ballater and the Linn O'Dee. The route will run Thursday to Monday throughout the summer school holidays. See our website for timetables.

http://www.stagecoachbus.com/Deeside-open-top-2014.aspx

Email

01224 591381

Around Royal Deeside, Ballater to, AB35
Ballater to
Braemar
AB35

Activities & Attractions

Grantown Museum & Heritage Trust

Museum: Discover the stories from Grantown-on-Spey; all about the founding of our 18th Century planned town, who were the movers and shakers in the Scottish enlightenment? Listen to what happened when Queen Victoria came to visit, find out who the... read more

Grantown Museum & Heritage Trust

Museum: Discover the stories from Grantown-on-Spey; all about the founding of our 18th Century planned town, who were the movers and shakers in the Scottish enlightenment? Listen to what happened when Queen Victoria came to visit, find out who the floaters were, meet fascinating inventors, mighty musicians and the Lairds of Grant. Dress up and take a picture in our Victorian photographer’s studio. Lot of great interactive stuff for kids - who go free! Visitor Centre: Everything you need to know about the Cairngorms National Park, local activities, attractions, heritage, walks and accommodation. Shop: A great wee shop packed full of heritage gifts, souvenirs, books and the only place to buy official National Park branded goods Gallery: Fantastic contemporary art and lively heritage exhibitions Disabled access, Public transport, Parking, Picnic Area Children's events, talks / courses, Special exhibitions (free or included in general admission),

https://www.grantownmuseum.co.uk

Email

01479 872478

Burnfield Avenue, PH26 3HH
Grantown on Spey

Activities & Attractions

The Bike Station

Bike Hire, Bike Guiding and generally outdoor advice on what is on outdoors around Ballater. Trail info, events, weather info.

The Bike Station

Bike Hire, Bike Guiding and generally outdoor advice on what is on outdoors around Ballater. Trail info, events, weather info.

https://www.bikestationballater.co.uk

Email

013397 54004

Station Square, Royal Deeside, AB35 5RB
Royal Deeside
Ballater
AB35 5RB

Activities & Attractions

Balmenach Distillery - Home of Caorunn Gin

Nestled deep in the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands you’ll discover the home of Caorunn. Premium and small batch, our hand-crafted gin is made with the care and passion you would expect from our renowned Scottish spirit-making... read more

Balmenach Distillery - Home of Caorunn Gin

Nestled deep in the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands you’ll discover the home of Caorunn. Premium and small batch, our hand-crafted gin is made with the care and passion you would expect from our renowned Scottish spirit-making expertise. Balmenach Distillery’s rugged location in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park furnishes Caorunn with the world’s finest ingredients. Crystal clear Scottish water is married with locally foraged botanicals to create a gin of supreme quality and heritage. Savoured around the world, Caorunn offers the drinks connoisseur the opportunity to embrace a small batch Scottish gin of unrivalled quality. Guests on the Caorunn Gin Tour will gain an insight into our artisanal production process through a privileged behind-the-scenes tour of our production area. After the guided tour you will then experience the unique opportunity to enjoy a tutored deconstructed nosing and tasting session. Each session features Caorunn’s five locally foraged and six traditional botanicals, botanical essences, and a neat sample of Caorunn. The experience then closes with a refreshing Caorunn and tonic with crisp red apple wedges. Book your tour by visiting our website. http://www.caorunngin.com/caorunn-gin/book-a-gin-tour/ Or for more information please phone 01479 874 933.

http://www.caorunngin.com/

Email

01479 874 933

Balmenach, Cromdale, PH26 3PF
Cromdale
Grantown on Spey
PH26 3PF

Activities & Attractions

Ballindalloch Castle

Castle & Gardens - open until 30 September 2019.

Ballindalloch Castle

Castle & Gardens - open until 30 September 2019.

https://www.ballindallochcastle.co.uk

Email

01807 500 205

Ballindalloch, AB37 9AX
Ballindalloch
AB37 9AX