Deeside is an area rich in natural beauty. Positioned on the Hill of Banchory, Lochside of Leys is surrounded by beautiful woodland with Scolty Hill and the River Dee nearby. The spectacular Cairngorms National Park is close by and is home to 55 Munros, nine horse riding centres and three ski resorts, offering year-round adventure for the entire family. Banchory boasts fishing on the Dee, mountain biking and two golf courses, one in the town itself, and one at nearby Inchmarlo. And if the weather really isn’t playing ball, there’s the brand new Banchory Sports Village, featuring a 25m swimming pool, squash courts, exercise rooms, fitness suite, soft play area and café, all within walking distance, and set to open summer 2019.
Banchory is a thriving community with everything you need on your doorstep including a busy high street, packed with independent businesses, brasseries and boutiques. With a bookshop, butcher, outdoor shop, florist, garden centre, The Unit Gym and beauty salon, there’s everything you could need.
There’s a monthly farmer’s market, or if you’d prefer to grow your own produce, there are a large number of allotments available at Woodend Barn.
Deeside is famous for its local produce, so if you fancy dining out, then from bistro to café to luxury hotel, you’ll always find somewhere special to go for every occasion. If you are simply looking for a convenient food shop, there’s a Tesco, Morrisons and Co-op. Local services include a medical practice,
Banchory prides itself on its award-winning schools. Banchory Academy regularly features highly in the Scottish secondary school league tables. Banchory Primary School is one of two primary schools in the town and also incorporates a nursery, community library, and a large sports hall.
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