Aboyne and Mid-Deeside
Aboyne is a vibrant community in the heart of Deeside, just five minutes drive from the Cairngorms National Park. The village has a population of approximately 2,900 but serves a wide geographical area. In addition to the variety of shops and services in the village centre, there is a health centre, minor injuries unit, a community centre with a library, swimming pool and theatre/cinema, a playgroup, nursery and primary school and academy, an 18 hole golf club, tennis club, gliding club, bowling club and countless community and sports groups. It is a popular tourist destination for those interested in outdoor sports, such as fishing, kayaking, walking, mountain climbing, golf, horse riding and skiing, and for those wanting to discover the culture and heritage of North East Scotland, the castle trail and countless historical and arts venues, or savour the good food and produce of the area.
Aboyne is host to a number of events throughout the year. On the first weekend in August, the Aboyne Highland Games is held on the green in the centre of the village. Art Aboyne, an annual exhibition by local artists, runs from July to August in the Victory Hall, and the Aboyne and Deeside Festival promotes all forms of art and culture through a programme of events held mainly in July but also throughout the year. Much of this has been in abeyance during the pandemic, but it is hoped that most of them will be resumed in the near future.
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church is one of three churches in Aboyne. The Church of Scotland’s Aboyne-Dinnet Parish Church is on Huntly Road, and the Roman Catholic Church of St. Margaret is on Ballater Road near the centre of Aboyne.