location

The cottage is close to the A93 on the north side and the B976 on the south side of the River Dee. It is situated in woodland on a quiet lane just to the east of Balmoral, about eight miles from both Ballater and Braemar.

One of the Dee’s famous white pedestrian bridges visible from the garden takes you north across the river to Crathie where you will find an information centre, the very pleasant Highlander Bakehouse with it’s small cafe and bakery, Crathie Kirk and the graveyard where John Brown (Queen Victoria’s loyal servant) is buried. Also just across the river are the bus stops for the services to Braemar, Ballater, Aboyne and Aberdeen.

Head off in the opposite direction and you soon reach the Royal Lochnagar Distillery which offers tours and has a small shop selling their products. From the cottage you can also enjoy a short hill walk through the forest up to the pyramid shaped Prince Albert’s Cairn where you have a wonderful view down the Dee valley. A visit to the adjacent Balmoral Estate is essential if you have not visited before. You can do a tour of the castle, walk round the gardens, visit the cafe and follow lots of marked paths around the estate. (note the estate is not open all year – check their website).

The A93 on this section of 1:50k OS map is the main road running from Aberdeen, through Ballater and Braemar then south to Glenshee and eventually Perth.