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Welcome to the Explore Royal Deeside GeoTour Let your GPS guide you on an adventure around majestic scenery and hidden gems. Special geocaches have been hidden at 20 sites across Royal Deeside through forest trails, around lochs and at breathtaking viewpoints. There are GeoCoin prizes for cachers who collect 15 or more codewords or business stamps. Earn your coins by collecting codewords and/or stamps from participating local businesses. When you visit a participating business, just ask to have your passport stamped.
Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own glorious gardens, Crathes Castle is every inch the classic Scottish tower house - and a fantastic day out for all the family. Inside you'll find a labyrinth of cultural history, from family portraits and fine antique furniture to painted ceilings. The walled garden is split into eight sections that encompass every green delight imaginable - a sculpted topiary, soft herbaceous colours and modern exotic blooms. Nature spotters will love the waymarked trails along the Coy Burn - keep an eye out here for buzzards, herons and kingfishers. The Wild Wood adventure play area, a fantastic playpark inspired by the stories and setting of Crathes Castle is open for families and children to enjoy, complete with slides, sandpits and a zip wire with see-through walkway. Once you have explored the castle grounds why not drop in to the Courtyard café for a light lunch and some of their homemade cakes and treats!
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