Glenshee Ski Centre is a ten minute drive from Braemar and offers the UK’s most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities. The Lecht Ski Centre is 40 minutes from Braemar and has skiing for all levels, but is particularly good for beginners and intermediates. Deeside Activity Park outside Aboyne provides quad biking, 4x4 driving, clay pigeon shooting and orienteering. Glen Tanar Estate offers pony trekking or, for something a little different, don’t rule out llama trekking near Glenshee! The River Dee supports one of the healthiest populations of Atlantic salmon in Western Europe. Fishing begins on the upper beats in March and continues until the end of September. To find out about opportunities for fishing with a ghillie, contact the Invercauld Estates office or look at www.fishdee.co.uk.