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Just like a modern-day treasure hunt, we have proudly joined the geocaching revolution right in the heart of Aberdeenshire – in fact we're the only place in Scotland with an officially recognised Geotour.

The Explore Royal Deeside Geotour has 20 caches running along the Deeside Way from Drumoak to Ballater and up to Braemar and is a fun and great way to explore the majestic area of Royal Deeside.

This Geotour will lead you through visitor hot spots including ancient forests, historic castles, vast estates and picturesque lochs. Some of the caches will link up easily to others in the area, if you are already an aficionado, you will know there are up to 300 to be found throughout the region.

For those keen on the adventure we have a special Explore Royal Deeside Passport. Collect the points to claim a unique silver or gold Royal Deeside Geocoin. You can collect points and receive stamps by:

  • Recording the codewords from the geo caches on the Deeside Geotour
  • Receiving stamps in your passport from local businesses you may visit whilst staying, eating and shopping in the area

Please scroll down to see businesses participating in the Explore Royal Deeside Passport.

In 2019 we will play host to the Aberdeenshire Mega – an event expected to welcome over 3,000 enthusiasts to the region with a week-long celebration of events along with camping and entertainment. For more information about the event please visit

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