Explore Royal Deeside
Stay in a spacious holiday house sleeping 5/6 with secluded garden

Local attractions include castles and gardens, picturesque villages, the Cairngorms National Park, the royal estate of Balmoral and Braemar. Local shops and restaurants, fishing, golf, walking, cycling, riding and pony trekking close by.

Deeside holiday cottage

Birchwood, Kincardine O'Neil, Aberdeenshire

This house is currently not available for holiday lets - we hope that it may return in 2021 - meantime please find a cottage listed above.

This is a spacious detached house in a peaceful location on the edge of the historic village of Kincardine O'Neil, with secluded south-facing garden and fine views towards the Deeside hills. It makes a great place to relax in at any time of year and an ideal base from which to explore scenic Royal Deeside.

Kincardine O' Neil (once on a key river crossing) has offered hospitality to travellers since early times and its ruined medieval church stands at the heart of the village. It has a post office/general store, other interesting small shops. Banchory (8 miles to the east) and Aboyne (4 miles to the west) both offer larger shops and good eating places. There is a great variety of things to do, including interesting walks from the doorstep and further afield, exploring the Deeside hills (which include the two most easterly Munros: Lochnagar and Mount Keen), cycling, fishing, golf, horse-riding and pony trekking and even gliding. In winter, skiing is about an hour away at the Lecht or Glenshee Ski Centres.

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The area has many historical attractions: stone circles and other prehistoric sites; numerous superb castles and gardens featured on the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail; and the Victorian Heritage Trail celebrating the Royal Family's association with Deeside since the mid-19th century. The Dee Valley is renowned for its lovely scenery, combining river, hills and forest. Up-river from Kincardine O'Neil lie Aboyne and, in the Cairngorms National Park, the village of Ballater, Crathie, the royal estate of Balmoral (open for visits from April to July) and Braemar, famous for its annual Highland Gathering in early September.

A day trip by car will take you north through beautiful rural landscapes to the Moray Firth coast; northwest to scenic Speyside and Aviemore; south over the hills of the Mounth to the Howe of the Mearns (celebrated in the novels of Lewis Grassic Gibbon) and the rich farmlands of Angus; or south-east to the seaside town of Stonehaven and the picturesque fishing villages of the North Sea coast.

Whether it's gentle relaxation you're after, hills and outdoor activity, castles and gardens, or just magnificent and varied scenery - you'll find them all here on your doorstep.

garden and far reaching views
  • Sleeps - 5/6
  • Bedrooms - 3
    (1 twin/superking en suite, 1 double, 1 single;
    study usable as a further single with folding bed)
  • Bathrooms - 2
    (1 bathroom and 1 ensuite shower room)
  • Washing machine
  • Microwave oven
  • Flat-screen TV with freeview,
    DVD, video, radio/cassette/CD
  • Free WiFi
  • Log fire
  • Oil central heating
  • Secluded, south-facing garden with patio
  • Garden chairs and table
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Short breaks by arrangement
  • Aboyne 4 miles, Banchory 8 miles
  • Aberdeen airport - 25 miles
  • Stations - Aberdeen/Stonehaven
    (both approx 25 miles)
  • Good places for eating and drinking
    in Aboyne, Banchory, Potarch, Torphins and beyond
  • Golf - numerous local courses
  • Walking - house is on the Deeside Way
  • Cycling
  • Fishing - 5 mins walk from the River Dee
  • Riding
  • Gliding
  • Off-road driving, quad biking, kart racing,
    archery, shooting and paintball
    at Deeside Activity Park - 2.5 miles
  • Skiing at the Lecht (30 miles)
    or Glenshee (40 miles)
sitting room


The house has a sunny, south-facing living room with an open fire, perfect for winding down at the end of the day. The separate dining room has ample space around the table. The kitchen is well equipped with a cooker, microwave oven, washing machine, fridge and freezer.

Sleeping accommodation is in three bedrooms: one twin convertible to large double on request (with en suite WC and shower), one double and one single. A fold down bed in the study can accommodate an extra person.

Outside there is a secluded, south-facing garden with patio, table and chairs - perfect for enjoying al fresco dining.


Pitmurchie Road runs north from the main North Deeside road (A93) at the western end of Kincardine O'Neil (turning roughly opposite the garage).

Birchwood is 0.2 miles from the turning - second house on the left after the stone wall where the Deeside Way forks left from the tarmac road.

What's included:

Reasonable consumption of logs and coal for fire and oil for central heating.
Bed linen and towels.
Free WiFi.
Books, DVDs, games and puzzles.

Cost and availability:

Birchwood is rented out all year round, generally on a weekly basis - Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday, but can be flexible.
Shorter bookings may also be possible by arrangement.
Check in 16.00; check out 11.00.

To book this spacious self-catering accommodation with fine views towards the Deeside hills, click the enquiry button below and see availability and rental rates.

kitchen comfortable sofas wood-burning stove cottage that sleeps 6

Birchwood, Pitmurchie Road, Kincardine O'Neil, Aberdeenshire AB34 5AQ Scotland

beautiful Aberdeenshire garden
Royal Deeside farmland views
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Self catering in Deeside

This modern house has every comfort including a log fire. Ideally located to explore Royal Deeside, this is a very well appointed self-catering house right on the Deeside Way so great for a walking holiday - the Castle Trail is nearby too as are many other attractions.