Scottish 6 Days 2017, Royal Deeside
30th July - 5th August 2017
The 21st Scottish 6-day event is being held in Royal Deeside between the 30th July and 5th August 2017.
This will be the 4th time the 6-Days has come to Deeside (1983, 1993, 2005) and the event will use some of our best areas with a variety of terrain, superb arenas and car parking and stunning views to the hills and mountains around Deeside.
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The 2017 event will be based round an event centre in the Victoria and Albert Halls in Ballater with registration, prize giving and socials all contained in the 4 hall complex.
There will be a large well appointed campsite (toilets, showers, recycling etc) within 400-500m of the event centre, shops and other facilities in the centre of Ballater.
|Sun 30th Jul||Day 1: Glen Tanar, Aboyne|
|Mon 31st Jul||Day 2: Balfour Forest, Aboyne|
|Tue 1st Aug||Day 3: Birsemore Hill, Aboyne|
|Wed 2nd Aug||“Rest” day with a sprint race in Ballater and a TrailO event in Cambus O'May|
|Thu 3rd Aug||Day 4: Creag Choinnich, Braemar|
|Fri 4th Aug||Day 5: Glen Feardar, Braemar|
|Sat 5th Aug||Day 6: Glen Feardar, Braemar|
Dogs at the Event
People considering bringing their dogs to Royal Deeside 2017 should note that at the race venues dogs will only be allowed in the car park area and the event arena and must be on a lead at all times.
A small dog area will be marked out in the car park field for each day, to provide an area for dogs to exercise and poo. Owners will need to clean up after their dogs.
Dogs will not be allowed on the route to starts or in the competition areas.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code does not allow us to have open access for dogs due to the fact we have access agreements with land owners and managers. The scale of the event means they are within their rights to restrict dogs in their land to avoid issues with game birds, sheep, wildlife etc.
Dogs will be allowed on the event campsite.
There will be training set up in several forests in Deeside for the days before the event.
A full social programme will be laid on.
Other Activities Available
With all races being within 30km of Ballater travel times along the A93 will be short and there will be plenty of time for post race activities – visiting some of the famous castles of Aberdeenshire (including Balmoral which is open on the 30/31st July), doing a distillery tour, exploring the Vat Burn at Muir of Dinnet, climbing famous local hills such as Morven or Lochnagar. Rock climbing in the Pass of Ballater involves little walking or else there are bigger crags on Lochnagar or further west in the main Cairngorm massif. Mountain biking is fantastic in Deeside with plenty of good forest tracks and also some more exciting downhill tracks for those craving adrenaline.
For those seeking more gentle recovery there are options for less strenuous activities – fishing, go kart driving or 4WD/quad bike tours. In addition there are plenty of good quality tea-shops in the area.
Travel to Deeside is straightforward – from the central belt of Scotland either on the A9 or the M90 to Perth, then the A93 north through Braemar to Ballater. Aberdeen Airport has extensive connections to much of northern Europe.