Banchory is situated on the north bank of the River Dee, and renowned for its natural scenery and relatively mild climate. Banchory was founded in 1805 and developed through the 19th century as a tourist resort. In the late 20th century, it emerged as a very popular residential area within commuting distance of Aberdeen.
The Water of Feugh joins the River Dee at Banchory, and the waterfalls on the river are noted for their leaping salmon. Outdoor activities include three golf courses, all-weather tennis courts, cycle hire, outdoor and indoor bowls. With its ideal location beside the River Dee, Banchory offers numerous walks including to the summit of Scolty Hill. Fishing is available on the Rivers Dee and Feugh, and at Raemoir Trout Fishery.