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Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Oaklands offers you the best of both worlds. Here you can live village life to the full or experience the vibrant city of Aberdeen, just 14 miles away. The popular town of Banchory is just a short drive away and there is a wealth of activities on your doorstep – whether it’s a round of golf, salmon fishing or simply taking a leisurely walk along the River Dee.


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Royal Deeside is famous for its local produce and eateries. The natural environment and fresh local ingredients ensure that eating out is a vibrant, exciting and wholesome experience.

  • Buchanans Bistro, Banchory – Serves up the best local produce which is also ethically sourced. Whether its bread and cakes, beer and wine, evening meals and events, Buchanans has it all
  • The Milton Brasserie, Crathes – Fresh quality Scottish produce served in an informal, friendly atmosphere – fine wines and a wide range of drinks including malt whiskies
  • Banchory Lodge Hotel – Beautifully located on the edge of the River Dee the hotel bar and restaurant specialises in the best of local Scottish Produce
  • The Birdhouse Café, Banchory – Family run café with a personal touch serving breakfast, lunch, wonderful home baking and a good quality range of teas and coffees

If you are a fan of sport you´ll find lots available in Oaklands and the surrounding area. Whether you like cycling, horse riding, fishing or watersports you´re sure to find everything you could ever want in the area surrounding Oaklands.

  • The Deeside Way – Enjoy a walk along the line of the Old Royal Deeside railway with stunning views over the River Dee with the Cairngorm Mountains as a backdrop.
  • Kippie Lodge Country Club, Milltimber – Golf, fitness studio, indoor pool, coaching and classes, physiotherapy, hair and beauty salon, conservatory bistro
  • Banchory Golf Course– An 18 hole, par 69 course set by the banks of the River Dee
  • The Lecht and Glenshee Ski centres – within easy reach from Oaklands both resorts offer the best outdoor skiing and snowboarding in the UK.
Crathes Castle

Just a short drive from Oaklands there is a wealth of attractions and culture for you to experience from art galleries, performance venues, castles and more.

  • Crathes Castle & Gardens – 16th-century castle surrounded by formal gardens, woodland walks and rolling Scottish countryside with cafe, gift shop, adventure playground and Go Ape tree top adventure
  • Drum Castle – One of Royal Deeside’s top historic attractions, just minutes from Oaklands
  • Woodend Barn, Banchory– Arts venue with Buchanan’s Scottish restaurant
  • Milton Art Gallery, Crathes – Elegant, friendly gallery situated in beautiful surroundings in Crathes next to the river Dee

Banchory and the surrounding towns boast a wealth of lovely boutique shops and Aberdeen city with its large variety of shopping experiences within easy reach.

  • Out There Active Wear, Banchory – A wide range of jackets, smocks, waistcoats, trousers and outdoor clothing and equipment
  • Raemoir Garden Centre, Banchory – Gardening products, garden restaurant, Raemoir Cafe and gift and accessories shop
  • Bentleys of Banchory –Offers a range of designer labels for women
  • Union Square, Aberdeen – 60 retailers, 24 restaurants and eateries, Aberdeen’s largest cinema. Also integrated with the city’s bus and rail links
  • Bon Accord & St Nicholas Shopping Centres, Aberdeen – With over 70 stores, including two department stores; John Lewis and Marks & Spencer

Nursery, Pre-school, Primary and Secondary schools are all close by and Private nurseries, Schools and Further education establishments are all within easy reach.

Primary and Secondary Schools within the catchment area:

  • Hill of Banchory Primary School– also has a nursery unit/pre-school and is within walking distance of Oaklands
  • Banchory Academy– one of Scotland’s top secondary schools and within the catchment area for Oaklands