Royal Deeside Lodge

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Sleeps: 10 - 20 Bedrooms: 10 Bathrooms: 10


Cottage Modern Catered Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
All Bedrooms En-Suite Wheelchair Access Romantic

Royal Deeside Lodge holds a wonderful rural position, situated just five minutes from the village of Aboyne on the edge of the beautiful Highlands. The lodge is perfect for large families or groups of friends who are looking for a tranquil escape where they can really enjoy the unparalleled beauty of Aberdeenshire!

The lodge can comfortably accommodate up to twenty guests across ten, luxury bedrooms, each of the bedrooms boast their own en-suite bathrooms making it a practical choice for a group of couples. On the ground floor, is the main entertaining space which comprises of the drawing room and dining room. The beautifully appointed dining room is a fantastic space for the whole family to gather and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the in-house chef after working up an appetite exploring the surrounding countryside. Also on this level, are the first five of the individually-designed super-king size bedrooms, two of which benefit from disabled access. Upstairs, on the first floor are four further super-king bedrooms and a smaller twin, which is perfect for the children.

The outside space is vast and therefore makes the ultimate choice for fans of the great outdoors. The children will love the opportunity to run freely and explore the wild landscape and family doggies are welcome to come too! For those keen on fishing, the River Dee is just a short stroll away, excellent for salmon and sea trout. If you are looking for a relaxing stay in the country with a touch of luxury, Royal Deeside Lodge really is the place for you!

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What you should know…

  • One of the bedrooms is much smaller and makes use of twin beds making it ideal for younger guests
  • The closest village is five minutes away by car making it ideal for those who really want to get away from it all!

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV TV Wheelchair Access Heating

The bedrooms are separated into two wings – South and North. Each room, apart from "Pitslugs", can be made up as a twin or a super-king double allowing you to tailor the property to suit your groups needs.

Ground Floor
- Drawing room
- Dining room
- “Jock Rae” bedroom with disabled access and en-suite bathroom with bath and walk-in shower
- “Jetties” bedroom with disabled access and en-suite bathroom with bath and walk-in shower
- “Island” bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath and shower
- “Little Quithel” bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath
- “Lindys” bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath

First Floor

- “Mill Pool” bedroom with coombed ceiling and en-suite bathroom
- “Hollies” bedroom with en-suite bathroom
- “March” bedroom with coombed ceiling and en-suite bathroom
- “Rossachs” bedroom with coombed ceiling and en-suite bathroom with bath
- “Pitslugs” twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath

Exterior Grounds
- Large grounds
- Separate Kennel Block

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Hairdryers
- Room Safe
- Parking


About the surrounding area of Royal Deeside Lodge
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Royal Deeside Lodge is situated in an excellent position within Aberdeenshire, being just a five-minute car journey from the village of Aboyne where helpful restaurants and shops can be found.  Deeside Activity Park is just 2km away, here the whole family can participate in go karting, quad trekking, 4x4 off roading and even get some practice in at manoeuvring diggers! The city of Aberdeen is less than an hour away, with its rich culture and history it is well worth a visit while staying at Royal Deeside.

There are several historic castles within half an hour of the lodge, these include: Craigievar Castle, a pink fairy-tale castle just fifteen minutes away, Drum Castle, one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses and of course the famous royal estate of Balmoral. Crathes Castle is just twenty-five minutes away, here there is a Go Ape, a fun high ropes course with daring crossings and exhilarating zipwires, a must visit for those without a fear of heights! 

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Local Amenities
Nearest Town/City Aberdeen


Nearest Village Aboyne


Nearest Restaurant The Boat Inn, Aboyne


Nearest Golf The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club


Nearest Shop Strachan's of Royal Deeside



Luxury self-catering holiday accommodation in the Highlands

Get ready to embark on a whimsical journey to the Scottish Highlands with Oliver's Travels, where fabulous, characterful homes await in this rugged and enchanting slice of northern Scotland. Mist-shrouded mountains, deep-blue lochs and ancient castles are the name of the game. It is like stepping into a fantasy novel, but with fewer dragons and more kilts!

First up on our Highland hit-list is Ben Nevis, standing at a whopping 1,345 metres. Climbers and hikers worldwide flock to its trails, ready to conquer the mountain and be rewarded with the most incredible views. If you are not up for an epic uphill battle, fear not! The Great Glen Way offers a more chilled stroll along the Caledonian Canal, connecting Fort William and Inverness. It is like a leisurely stroll through nature, with bonus canal vibes.

Now, who hasn't heard of Loch Ness? Home to historic castles such as Urquhart Castle, this legendary spot invites you to channel your inner detective and search for Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Nessie might be shy, but the views are anything but! You will enjoy ruins, mystery and just maybe, a friendly monster waving from the depths.

Inverness, the unofficial Highland capital, is where historic charm meets modern pizzazz. The River Ness weaves through the city, tickling the feet of Victorian buildings. It is a sophisticated dance of old and new. You can stroll along the riverbanks, explore Inverness Castle and soak up the local vibes at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Heading west is the hidden treasure of Plockton which boasts landscapes so picturesque, you will think you are in a watercolour painting. Whitewashed cottages add a touch of charm and the sheltered bay is the perfect spot for daydreaming. You can take a boat trip to nearby islands or just bask in the coastal serenity. In Fort Augustus, where the Caledonian Canal plays meet and greet with Loch Ness, boating and water-based antics abound. The locks of Fort Augustus are like a watery staircase, a fascinating engineering marvel that turns boat journeys into a spectacle.

The Highland Folk Museum near Newtonmore invites you to step back in time. This living history museum spills the secrets with reconstructed buildings, costumed interpreters and demonstrations of age-old crafts. Another wonder, Eilean Donan Castle is a real-life fairytale fortress perched on a tiny island where three lochs have a meet-up. It is so postcard-perfect that even Hollywood could not resist its charm. History buffs and Instagram enthusiasts, this one is for you!

Of course, we cannot forget the whisky. The Highlands are the holy grail for whisky aficionados. Glenlivet and Glenfiddich distilleries open their doors for guided tours, where you will learn the magic behind crafting Scotch whisky. Sip, swirl and savour – it is a Highland happy hour!

Whether you are scaling castles, conquering peaks, fishing, boating or just lounging by a loch, the Scottish Highlands invites you to a land where nature and history come together in a brilliant way. It is a timeless tale that leaves you in awe. Step into the magic as adventure awaits!

Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The children will enjoy exploring the vast open countryside and the nearby exciting yet educational castles. For the slightly older kids, Deeside Activity Park is just a short distance away, here visitors can try out go karting, archery and orienteering.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Services Available

  • Catered
  • Chef/Cook Included
  • Catered


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Included
  • Catered

At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team, who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

The lodge is fully catered with both dinner and breakfast included in the pricing. The Lodge staff are happy to accommodate any dietary requirements/intolerances, please just let us know so we can contact the team in advance of your stay. Please contact the concierge team to see a sample menu.

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 to be paid on arrival and to be refunded in full subject to a damage inspection on departure
Arrival time 4pm-8pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in rental price
Changeover day Any day
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 2-night minimum stay
Pets welcome? Yes, there are kennels outside which are free of charge. Otherwise, there is a charge of £10 per dog per night if guests wish to have pets in the lodge.
Smoking Allowed? No
Internet access? Yes
Stag & Hen Do's Allowed? No stag or hen do's allowed
Property Licence Number Short term let licence number: AS-00848-P

Please note: A 50% deposit will be taken at the time of booking

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people: For every additional guest up to 20, it will cost an additional £86 per person per night.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 19th 2024 - Dec 29th 2024 £3,870 £5,806 £7,741 £9,677 £13,545
Dec 29th 2024 - Nov 20th 2025 £3,870 £5,806 £7,741 £9,677 £13,545

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people: For every additional guest up to 20, it will cost an additional €93 per person per night.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 19th 2024 - Dec 29th 2024 €4,204 €6,307 €8,410 €10,512 €14,715
Dec 29th 2024 - Nov 20th 2025 €4,204 €6,307 €8,410 €10,512 €14,715

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people: For every additional guest up to 20, it will cost an additional $102 per person per night.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 19th 2024 - Dec 29th 2024 $4,574 $6,862 $9,149 $11,437 $16,009
Dec 29th 2024 - Nov 20th 2025 $4,574 $6,862 $9,149 $11,437 $16,009

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Great place

    on 19/10/2021

    Great place for a large crowd. Plenty of space in the bedrooms loung and dining room.

  • Excellent!

    on 05/04/2019

    Excellent in every respect. High quality furnishings, extremely comfortable. Very welcoming and accommodating hosts and staff and very efficient. Delicious food too.

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