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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 Dinnet to Cambus O May 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 Dinnet and near the suspension bridge at Cambus O May. There is a good bus service along the A93 with generally an hourly service.
In Deeside, the weather can be very severe. The coldest temperature recorded at low levels in the UK was recorded at Braemar of -27.2 degrees C on 11 February 1895 and 10 January 1982. There was a serious disruption to railway services in December 1878 when the line between Dinnet and Cambus O May was blocked by major snow drifts trapping a train (yes, probably not far from where you currently are !). You will see the open windswept aspect round here and the line would have been very exposed to drifting snow piling up behind the fences.
There must have cold temperatures some years because there was a curlers platform built at the Loch of Aboyne for curling on the frozen loch.
Near the gliding strip is the weather station which is used by the Met Office to monitor the weather conditions for Aboyne. On 27 March 2012 this weather station recorded a temperature of 23.6 degrees C which was the warmest March temperature recorded ever in Scotland . A week later on 3 April 2012 there was 19 cm of snow lying in Aboyne !
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