Aboyne beside the beautiful River Dee, Royal Deeside
Aboyne is situated right in the heart of Royal Deeside.
Aboyne frequently sets records temperatures for the UK , and it is a popular holiday destination. Being right next to The Cairngorm National Park means the village is an excellent base.
Fishermen come from all over the world; including Scandinavia; to enjoy salmon fishing on the River Dee.
Aboyne’s world famous Highland Games take place every August on the village green.
The games patron The Marquis of Huntly lives at Aboyne Castle. The Gordon clan crest motto “Bydand” is featured on the gates to the village green and on on the uniforms of pipe band members.
Bydand literally means “steadfast;” or “staying here;” as in the Scottish word “bide”. Another meaning is to “stand and fight”. See Gordon Highlander photos lower down this page.
The Green is the epicentre of the village and is the site of the world famous Aboyne Highland Games
Gordon Highlanders Drum Major.
Salmon Fishermen enjoy refreshments at The Boat Inn
Gordon Highlanders, Pipe Majors Medals
Deeside Steam Vintage Rally
Deeside Steam Vintage Rally August 16-17th. Banchory and Crathes go back in time, as vintage steam powered vehicles take over.
Little and Large #DeesideVintageRally #DeesideSteamRally #DeesideSteamVintageRally
Steam Powered Vehicles Invade Banchory photos by Bill Bagshaw photography courses #Banchory
Steam Engine close up #dsider
150th Ballater Highland Games massed Pipe Bands parade
150th Ballater Highland Games 14th August 2014. Massed Pipe Bands parade down Ballater High Street.
Ballaters Pipe Bands Drum Major signals a turn as massed pipe bands march into Monaltrie Park. #BallaterGames2014
Drum Major passes Ballater Church as massed pipe bands parade down Ballater High Street on the occasion of the 150th Ballater Games in 2014
Massed pipe band passes Ballater Station #Ballater #BallaterStation #BallaterHighlandGames
Aboyne Highland Games 2014
Scroll down for Aboyne Highland Games 2014 photo selection.
Paul Anderson on fiddle with singer Pandy Arthur at Aboyne Games Photos by dSider media & Bill Bagshaw Photography Courses.The Marquis of Huntly opens #Aboyne Games #HighlandGames Tossing The #Caber Veteran commentator Robbie Shepherd at Aboyne Highland Games
A finishing jump to Putting The Stone #ScottishGames
Bydand. Bydand is part of the Gordon Crest. #Bydand literally means “steadfast;” or “staying here;” as in the Scottish word “bide”. Another meaning is to “stand and fight”.
Drum Major Bill Barclay #HighlandGamesPhotos
Weight for distance – John Fyvie
Drum Majors at Aboyne Scottish Games #ScottishGames
Mark Felix Lifts Dinnie Stones
Mark Felix lifts Dinnie Stones at Aboyne Highland Games.
One of the worlds strongest men took The Dinnie Stanes challenge at Aboyne Highland Games 2014.
Mark Felix; one of the worlds strongest men; lifts The Dinnie Stanes ( Dinnie Stones ) at Aboyne Highland Games on Royal Deeside.
Mark was challenged to repeat the legendary feat of Aboyne strongman Donald Dinne. Dinnie carried the stones over the width of Potarch Bridge.
A replica of Potarch Bridge was set up in the games arena. Mark successfully lifted and carried the stones; but was unable to carry them the full distance without putting them down several times.
Mark was born in Grenada and regularly competes in The Worlds Strongest Man Competition.
Mark was born in 1966. Donald Dinnie was born 130 years earlier in 1837, at Birse Aboyne.