A-Z of Secret Aberdeen: O for… Old Deeside Railway Line

This Victorian railway line once ran from Aberdeen to Ballater, but now makes a brilliant country walk

As well as carrying locals and tourists to Highland towns and villages along the way, the line was regularly used by the Royal Family to reach their holiday home at Balmoral.

It closed in the 1960s, but the track has been developed into a 41-mile walking and cycling path. Along the way, there’s a chance to see lots of the railway remnants as well as stunning views across Deeside with the Cairngorm mountains as your backdrop.

The track is mainly flat and much of the early part of it is on tarmac. You can do as much or as little as you fancy and there are buses back to Aberdeen from many of the pretty villages you pass through.

Join the path in Aberdeen at Duthie Park behind the glass-enclosed Winter Gardens.

http://www.deesideway.org/

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/publictransport/timetables/detail.asp?ServiceID=25