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South Aberdeenshire is the area around and to the south of the River Dee; this covers the former county of Kincardine and Deeside. Deeside, or Strathdee as it is better known, is the valley of the River Dee, the 5th longest river in Scotland; the source of the Dee is a plateau at an altitude of 4,000 ft, situated between Ben Macdui and of Braeriach, the second and third highest mountains in Scotland respectively, with this plateau being the highest source of any of the major rivers in Scotland.

From the Cairngorms, the Dee flows east, towards Braemar, passing through the Linn of Dee, a narrow, rocky gorge, along the way; the bridge across the Linn was opened in 1857 by Queen Victoria. At Braemar the River Dee is joined by the main road, which in turn has approached Braemar from the south, over the Cairngorms and through the Cairnwell Pass, the highest main road pass in Britain. The road and the river head east, side by side, through the area known as Royal Deeside; the castle at Balmoral, which sits roughly half way between Braemar and Ballater, has royal connections dating back to the 14th century when Robert II had a hunting lodge in the vicinity. The road and the river continue on their route east to Aberdeen, passing through Aboyne and Banchory along the way.

The area to the south of the River Dee is known as The Mearns; this is an area of mainly low lying farm land. It is also the area the main Dundee to Aberdeen, as well as the alternative route along the coast, travel through; each of these roads enter Aberdeenshire as they cross the North Esk, the former near North Water Bridge and the latter over the Lower North Water Bridge. Passing through Laurencekirk and Inverbervie respectively, the two roads meet just south of Stonehaven and from there continue north to Aberdeen.

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