Originally home to the caretakers of Glen Dye Lodge, the house has been reimagined into a comfy, colourful base for explorers and is perfect for families. There’s room to spread out and relax, but the outdoors beckons.
Amble down a riverside path to reach your very own woodland haven: sink into a wood-fired hot tub or plunge in the River Dye at the summerhouse, or walk a little further to a remote cabin where you can cook over the fire or on a ‘Big Green Egg’. The estate’s 30,000 acres of woods and moors are filled with hawks, red squirrels, woodland birds and deer.
Pop into Banchory for the farmers market; stock up at the Finzean Farm Shop. The stately village of Aboyne (13 miles) is worth the trek for the delightful Boat Inn and the Spider on a Bicycle restaurant. Climb to Cairn a’ Mount (rucksack and maps provided) or hire bikes in Ballater.