With its broad plateau of high hills, ancient pinewood
and majestic river, Upper Deeside can truly be described as a land
of superlatives. Shaped by ice and modified by countless generations
of people, its dramatic and distinctive landscape makes it an attractive
destination for any visitor.
First popularised by Queen Victoria, the area has long benefited
from its royal connections. Traditional Highland sporting estates
flourished in the 19th Century and the heather-clad grouse moors,
native pinewoods and the rich array of wildlife they support remains
a prominent feature of Deeside today.
The hills, corries and plateau contain some of the finest terrain
in the country for skiing and mountaineering, along with excellent
hill walking both winter and summer. Of equal appeal and quality
are a rich array of low ground paths and tracks amongst the pinewoods,
birchwoods, loch and river scenery.
- For more information about each of the main access points into
the hills and glens, facilities provided and outdoor opportunities
- For a more general appreciation of the area, click
here to take a virtual tour of the mountains, glens, river and