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Welcome to the Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour with the chance to earn a trackable geocoin by finding 20 special caches hidden among dozens of caches in mini-trails around castles and lochs, in forests and glens, and along the Deeside Way. To be eligible for one of the gold or silver geocoins you must collect a codeword from each cache, and earn bonus points. Full details are on the GeoTour Passport, which you can download here. The Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour stretches from Drumoak in the east to Braemar in the west. An area steeped in history with spectacular scenery, threaded by the River Dee.
The Deeside Way largely follows the route of the Old Royal Deeside Railway from Aberdeen to Ballater. The path is suitable for walkers and cyclists with many sections suitable for horses as well. The majority of the route is suitable for child buggies and wheelchairs can access to within a few metres of all caches. Further details on the Deeside Way can be found at www.deesideway.org The route is waymarked using the following logo -
The descriptions for these caches have been written for following the Way from Aboyne to Dinnet but the Way can be followed in either direction.
These caches have been placed by the kind permission of Dinnet and Kinord Estates. All the caches can be accessed from the Deeside Way and surrounding verges and there is no need to climb over any fences.
It is strongly recommended that you do not park on the A93 which is a busy trunk road. There is good parking in Aboyne, adjacent to the gliding strip and in Dinnet and these are listed below. There is a good bus service along the A93 with generally an hourly service.
The route of the Deeside Way from Aboyne to Ballater very much follows the route of the old railway line, however, there are a number of short deviations as here. Various changes and developments took place after the closing of the railway line with large sections of the route reverting to private ownership. In 1992 Kincardine and Deeside District Council undertook a study into the feasibility of creating a route from Aberdeen to Ballater to be known as the Deeside Way. Here the route initially deviates round a house and garden and more recently was deviated in 2012 as the old railway track was prone to flooding and a new path was built at a higher level.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum