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Banchory Town Information

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This small, ancient town sits stoically above the fast-flowing River Dee close to a number of forest walks.

One path takes the visitor to the top of 1,000ft Scolty Hill, which has a monument to General Burnett, an officer in the Napoleonic Wars. His home was L-shaped Crathes Castle, a 16th century tower house said to be one of the finest Jacobean houses in Britain.

Looking more like a chateau, it contains the Room of Nine Nobles, the Room of the Muses and the Room of the Green Lady - all famous for their painted ceilings. Its four-acre garden contains an ancient yew hedge while an ivory horn that once belonged to Robert the Bruce hangs in the Great Hall.

Banchory High Street - Photo © Richard Slessor
Banchory High Street
Photo: Richard Slessor CCL

The sweet-smelling Ingasetter lavender distillery is a popular attraction here while the Brig o’ Feugh is an 18th century bridge over a dramatic gorge.