5. Experience the life of Royalty
The Cairngorms National Park overlaps with Royal Deeside, where the British Royal Family have their Scottish holiday home. When visiting the Cairngorm National Park, the Ballater and Braemar is a must-visit destination for those who want to experience the Royal treatment. You can explore the towns’ two famous castles, Balmoral Castle and Braemar Castle. It is suggested to have dinner at Prince Charles’ restaurant The Rothesay Rooms and then ride the Deeside Railway.
6. Taste Aberdeenshire’s water of life
Once you have built up an appetite exploring the great outdoors, just refuel with a wee dram. Taste Aberdeenshire’s water of life with a trip to the local distilleries. Royal Lochnagar Distillery locates in the Cairngorms National Park and is part of the Aberdeenshire’s Secret Malts. In 1848, after the owner invited Queen Victoria to visit the distillery, this Distillery was awarded Royal Warrant.
7. Hit the road
There is no need to be snowing in order to enjoy the Snow Roads Scenic Route, which is one of the best kept road trip secrets in Scotland. The Snow Roads is Britain’s highest public road and happens to run straight through Aberdeenshire, which gives you amazing views en-route.
8. Hit the slopes
Although you don’t need snow to enjoy the snow roads, it really makes for some appealing winter sports. Dust off your skis and snowboard to hit the slopes at The Glenshee Ski Centre or Lecht 2090.
9. Stick with traditions
Take a trip to the Highland Games to experience the traditional side of Scotland. Aberdeenshire hosts three of the largest Highland Games events in Scotland next month, including Lonach Gathering & Games, Ballater Highland Games, and The Braemar Gathering. These three events draw thousands of spectators to the region every year including the Royal Family and A-list celebrities.
10. Relax and unwind in the wild
The Cairngorms National Parks is a great place to relax and unwind in the wonderous surroundings of Aberdeenshire.