Stagecoach Bluebird have launched a new open-top bus route in Deeside for the summer season.
The innovative new route - serving Braemar, Crathie, Ballater and Loch Muick - will complement the company’s network of coaches already operating through the area as well as connecting Aberdeen with the heart of the Royal towns, destinations and countryside.
The open top route, which will be numbered 200, will begin tomorrow (Saturday), operating each weekend until the Sunday after the Braemar Gathering (September 8), every day during the school summer holidays and on bank holiday Monday, May 6.
It will run from Braemar via Braemar Castle, Crathie, the Balmoral/Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Ballater and will then extend to Loch Muick, with numerous journeys throughout the day.
Stagecoach UK bus managing director, Bob Montgomery, said: “We are thrilled to be launching this exciting new bus route in Royal Deeside this year.
‘‘Our Bluebird Company is blessed with some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country and what better way to experience it than on an open top bus!”
Stagecoach have also teamed up with Braemar Castle, Balmoral Castle and the Old Royal Rail Station in Ballater to offer admission discounts for bus passengers. Each of the attractions will honour an offer on entry, from two for one deals to group admission rates.
The two-day ticket will cost £12 for an adult, £6 for a child or English/Welsh concession card holder or £24 for a group.
Simon Blackett, chair of Braemar Community Ltd., added: “Braemar Castle welcomes this initiative and is delighted to be involved. The bus will offer even more reasons to visit this beautiful part of Scotland.”