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Welcome to our guide to getting around and visiting Royal Deeside.

Stagecoach Bluebird operate regular bus routes across Deeside directly from Aberdeen, which connect the rural communities and a number of popular visitor attractions within Royal Deeside.  Routes 201 and 202 operate from Aberdeen through the valley to Banchory, Ballater, Aboyne and Braemar.

Stagecoach offer a simple single and return fare on all our buses – just tell the driver where you want to go.  There’s no need for exact money, as all our drivers carry change.

Alternatively, for unlimited travel on any Stagecoach Bluebird bus, you can use the Bluebird dayrider to hop on and off throughout the day – for more information click here.

The valley of the River Dee is known as Royal Deeside for its connections with Queen Victoria and her descendants. The Royal residence of Balmoral Castle sits in the heart of the valley and is still a favoured home to Her Majesty the Queen.

The area attracts thousands of visitors every year who flock to enjoy the spectacular scenery and varied setting, from the mountains of the Cairngorms in the west to the rolling farmland towards Aberdeen.

While in Deeside, visitors can visit the splendor of the Royal residence of Balmoral Castle, which is situated near Crathie.  The castle has been one of the residences of the British Royal Family since 1852, when Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert first purchased it and to this day, it remains the private property of the monarch. Between April and July the gardens of the castle are open to the public.

Or visit the town of Banchory, which has much to offer visitors, with two famous castles nearby – Crathes and Drum, a wealth of local shops and historical churches. On top of this, at the nearby Bridge of Feugh, there is a chance to see salmon leaping and enjoy some of the rich Deeside surroundings.


Use the links on the right to view the full timetables for these routes.

For a better view of Royal Deeside...

From Monday 7th July until Sunday 7th September 2014 you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Balmoral Estate from the top deck of our open top bus which connects Braemar, Balmoral Castle, Ballater and Loch Muick.

Click here for more information.

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Dates for your diary


Ballater Highland Games - Thurs 14th Aug 2014

Ballater Victoria Week - Sat 9th Aug - Sun 17th Aug 2014

Braemar Gathering - Sat 6th Sept 2014