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The Queen’s Hut, Aboyne

The Queen’s Hut, Aboyne

Let me introduce you to your new favourite Highland’s hideaway – The Queen’s Hut, Aboyne.

Hidden in the heart of Royal Deeside, near the pretty town of Aboyne is The Queen’s Hut. Sitting on its own tree-lined loch, the Queen’s Hut is a luxury log cabin overlooking the Cairngorm Mountains. 

Surrounded by woodlands, and on a rambling path which leads to you a rather nice country pub – the Queen’s Hut is a rural hideaway really worth discovering. Perfectly positioned to explore Aberdeenshire, Deeside and Speyside, let’s check into the Queen’s Hut, Aboyne.

Welcome to Aboyne and the Queen’s Hut

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Wind your way up through the Cairngorms National Park on the iconic Snow Road through Braemar, or drive an hour west from Aberde to the centre of Royal Deeside and the pretty Victorian riverside town of Aboyne. In the hills above the river, is Birsemore Loch and a log cabin sitting in the most idyllic of spots surrounded by towering Scots pines. 

Originally built for Queen Mary, the wife of King George V, The Queen’s Hut dates from the early 1900s and has recently been refurbished as a luxury hideaway by owners, The Dunecht Estate. 

From the outside, the hut blends perfectly into its wooded landscape; sit out on the veranda with a cup of morning coffee and watch the light, mist and ducks on the loch. 

Inside there are two bedrooms – a luxury master ensuite with a king size bed, a jaw dropping free-standing copper tub, and a twin room perfect for the kids (if you can bear to bring them). There is also a luxury master bath, fully equipped self-catering kitchen and a stylish cosy lounge with a comfy sofas, antique highland furniture and a gorgeous window seat overlooking the loch.

For those who like their pup by their side, the Queen’s Hut Aboyne is dog friendly. 

By night cosy up in front of the wood burner, or light the fire down by the loch. If you need it there is wifi and a TV, but I promise you won’t want to turn it on once. You’ll want to just sit and stare at the gorgeous reflection across the water – glass of fizz in hand. You can see why Queen Mary loved this spot so much…

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Things to do at the Queen’s Hut, Aboyne

Take a stroll around the loch. The walk around Birsemore Loch will take around 20 minutes. You can follow the loch down to the village of Aboyne for tea at the lovely The Boat Inn. 

Visit Craigievar Castle – said to have inspired Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle, Craigievar has a bright pink exterior. Definitely one not to miss! Visit Craigievar Castle.

Visit The Braemar Highland Games Centre – learn about the history of the famous Highland Games attended by the Royal Family each year. Visit the Braemar Highland Games Centre.

Head to Dunnottar Castle – one of Scotland’s most famous castles, Dunnottar is perched on 200ft high sea cliffs and accessed from a tiny strip of land. It is dramatic, foreboding and breathtaking. Owned by the Dunecht Estates and controlled by Clan Keith, entry to the castle is £7 for adults. Visit Dunnottar Castle

Explore Burn O’Vat – explore the Burn O’Vat sunken cavern along a 4 mile walk through the pretty Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve.

isit Glen Tanar and the Tower of O’Ess – visit this beautiful glen on a variety of walks including a fairy pool and beautiful pinwoods, along with one of the best routes up munro Mount Keen. Look out for the gorgeous gatehouse. Visit Glen Tanar.

Visit Balmoral Castle and Estate – the home of the Queen in Scotland is open from April to July for visitors. Explore the estate to find the Balmoral Cairns, historical memorials to the Royal Family including a huge stone pyramid for Prince Albert.

More things to do in Royal Deeside

So when are you checking in for your own highland getaway at one of the best log cabins in Scotland?

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Love, from Scotland x