The Aberdeen and Grampian Tourist Board describes the area as 'Royal Deeside, Whisky, Castles and Coast' and it is easy to see why.
The royal connection is most obvious around Balmoral, and there are castles and distilleries throughout the area.
There are also spectacular coastal routes, such as Collieston and the Sands of Forvie, Cruden Bay and the Bullers of Buchan, and a route from Cullen along a disused railway that takes walkers past Bow Fiddle Rock.
Magnificent views of the surrounding countryside can be seen from Scolty Hill, Tap o'Noth (site of an Iron Age fort) and Mither Tap.
This fully revised edition includes brand new walks at Loch of Fyvie, Glen Tanar and Tarland.