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- Wild camping at an outdoor activity centre five minutes from Aboyne
- A 15-minute drive to Craigievar Castle; half an hour to Balmoral
- Farm shop and restaurant on site; fishing, archery and go-karting
Off to the Aberdeenshire countryside in search of adventure? There’s plenty of that at Deeside Activity Park, five minutes’ drive from Aboyne. This is a place that’s packed with things to do, including days of quad biking, archery, clay shooting and go-kart racing… and all right there where you’re staying.
Got your eye on some fishing while you’re in the area? The River Dee is just down the road for experienced anglers, and there’s a well-stocked loch on site too, where you can do some catch-and-release fishing, hire kit and take lessons from an expert ghillie to learn the essential techniques.
The camping setup here has a sense of adventure about it, too: this is a wild camping park where you’ll need to forego many of the trappings of modern life (although you’ll have access to a chemical toilet and a firepit where you can have a go at building a campfire). Well-behaved dogs are welcome as long as they’re kept on a lead.
All this activity requires a good amount of food, of course – and handily, that’s easy to source at this park. The on-site restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, and you can also pick up hot drinks and home-baked treats during the day.
Rather stick to the alfresco approach? Bring along a barbecue and source supplied at the site’s farm shop, which is stocked with its own award-winning Aberdeen Angus beef (from the farm a mile and a half up the road) alongside local pork, sausages, fresh veg, eggs and little extras like local biscuits.
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Overall enjoyable experience and will be back.
Lovely peaceful spot, staff helpful and friendly.
We’ll be back :-)
Great, simple and enjoyable family fun
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Dog walk nearby
Tiny (1-10 sites)
Horseback riding nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
- Coach stations
Union Square Bus Station
— 23.3 miles
23.3 miles Kirkburn Drive — 24.2 miles
24.2 miles Station Road — 25.2 miles
- Train stations
Insch Rail Station
— 16.6 miles
16.6 miles Kintore Rail Station — 16.7 miles
16.7 miles Inverurie Rail Station — 18.0 miles
- Ferry ports
Aberdeen Ferry Terminal
— 23.5 miles
— 20.3 miles
More activity? You got it. Take a gentle stroll from the park along the surrounding woodland trails and down to the Dess Waterfall (15 minutes’ walk) or along to the Peel Ring of Lumphanan (half an hour), where Macbeth took his last stand. Craigievar Castle (15 minutes' drive) also makes a fine place for an amble, taking in the pink castle itself, its collections of art and armour, and a stroll along its wooded paths.
There are more trails to wander along at Glen Tanar Estate (15 minutes), and at the royal family’s holiday home Balmoral Castle (half an hour) – both are also good places to ride bikes or saddle up for horse riding. For something more challenging, take an uphill route at Lochnagar (45 minutes), the area’s tallest munro, or the mountain bike courses at Tarland Trails (15 minutes).
Need a little drink after all the excitement? Lost Loch Spirits is just next door for tours, tastings and spirit school experiences or it’s a half-hour drive to the Royal Lochnagar Distillery for top-notch whisky.
- Carnegie Museum (17.8 miles)
- Balmoral Castle (19.6 miles)
- Duthie Park Winter Gardens (23.0 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|RV, trailer and tent sites|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||5 p.m.|
|Depart by:||10 a.m.|
Deeside Activity Park cancelation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Deeside Activity Park will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted at the parkCash
Terms and conditionsPark booking terms and conditions
- Does Deeside Activity Park have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Deeside Activity Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Deeside Activity Park? More activity? You got it. Take a gentle stroll from the park along the surrounding woodland trails and down to the Dess Waterfall (15 minutes’ walk) or along to the Peel Ring … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Deeside Activity Park?
RV, trailer and tent sites Arrive: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Depart by: 10 a.m.