Welcome to Aboyne & Glen Tanar

Travel, accommodation and things to do.

Welcome to Aboyne & Glen Tanar

Travel, accommodation and things to do.

Aboyne is located in the midst of Royal Deeside. It sits on the banks of the River Dee and is surrounded by forests and dramatic hills including Mount Keen, Scotland's most easterly Munro.

With the Cairngorms National Park to the west and Aberdeen only 29 miles to the east, Aboyne is a popular tourist destination and easily reached by road, rail, air and even bike. 

Getting Here

Where to Stay

Things to do

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29 Miles

119 Miles

139 Miles

81 Miles

Distance from Aboyne

Aberdeen Airport (Dyce)






Something for Every Taste

A luxury cottage in Glen Tanar? A cosy B&B in one of the lovely Deeside villages? Or, if you're quick, there might still be room at the (Boat) Inn by the river in Aboyne!

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You can go golfing, horseback riding and fishing around Aboyne, or simply enjoy the landscape and its superb trails. There are bike parks, stone circles, fly fishing, equestrian centres and much more on offer nearby.  

By Air

Aberdeen Airport is located some 27 miles east of Aboyne.

Direct flights to Aberdeen with 

British AirwaysKLMFlybe and 

Easyjet are available to and from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Luton, Amsterdam, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Dublin and Manchester – many of which are international airports.

Other major international airports in Scotland include Glasgow, Inverness & Edinburgh.

By Road

Unless you prefer to be guided by your own SatNav to the Deeside Community Centre AB34 5JN,  

GoogleMaps will direct you reliably to the event base.


Then please follow the village map in the Athletes Guidebook for advice on where to park.

By Rail

There are regular train services to Aberdeen from most major cities and direct fast services from 

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London (including sleeper services).

Aberdeen train station is situated at:

Guild Street

Union Square


AB11 6LX


Plan your travel with www.thetrainline.com or call 0333 202 222

Car Hire
Public Transport

For car hire options please see here and choose from all the companies available at Aberdeen airport.

Even though is rural, if at all possible please check out the 

public transport options. We recommend Traveline to plan your journey by train & bus.


The 201 bus stops across the road from the Illuminator's start line - just ask the driver to drop you at the Community Centre / Academy. 

If you're planning to use a taxi please bear in mind that Aboyne only has a handful (but very friendly) taxis available and book well in advance:

Aboyne Taxis: 01339 886715

Fraser Taxi: 07872 067 693