Ballater Railway Station Fire


Ballater Railway Station Fire.   The Station has now been rebuilt.

Ballater Railway Station has now been rebuilt after a devastating fire.  
The colour scheme is now lime green. 
Our photo shows the previous building which burnt down.
Sadly the previous Railway Station, Museum and The Restaurant were largely destroyed by fire, in the early hours of Tuesday 12th May 2015.
Queen Victoria’s Railway Carriage; and horse drawn carriage;  survived the fire.
The Restaurant was burnt to the ground.

The old Ballater Victorian railway station has been refurbished and is now a museum. Ballater was the terminus of the now defunct Deeside Railway on Royal Deeside. Ballater Station even features the toilet used by Queen Victoria ! dSider online magazine, photo courses Royal Deeside (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

Ballater Station Restaurant was razed to the ground in 2015. The original chimneys were demolished.

Ballater Station Restaurant destroyed by fire May 2015 (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams)

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Queen Victorias toilet.

Queen Victoria's Royal toilet at Ballater railway station, Royal Deeside. Ballater station has been refurbished as a museum and features the toilet used by Queen Victoria on her railway trips to Royal Deeside. dSider what's on Ballater guide,Ballater photography courses by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

Aberdeen Beach Fireworks


Aberdeen Beach Fireworks 5th Dec

Aberdeen Beach Fireworks light the promenade on November 5th.
A full moon shines through at Aberdeen Beach Fireworks.

Aberdeen Beach Bonfire Night Fireworks Aberdeenshire (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

Heavy Events


Heavy Events

Heavy Events are spectacles of amazing feats of strength.      The competitors are known as Heavies.          Heavies are the superstars of  Scottish Highland Games.

Scottish Highland Games differ from Highland Games abroad where Heavy Events are more prominently featured.
Scottish Highland Games are also a festival of piping, Highland dress, races, pipe bands, tug o war, culture and highland dancing. online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, Swirling kilts as The Heavies put the stone at The Aboyne Highland Games,Royal Deeside,Scotland. dSider online magazine Photography by Bill Bagshaw photography courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

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Putting the stone Aboyne Highland Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)www-dsider-co-uk

Braemar Gathering 2014


Braemar Gathering 2014

Braemar Gathering 2014 got off to a great start with a pleasant morning.  In the afternoon The Gathering was hit by heavy rain, causing difficulties for the hill racers.

Fortunately the sun broke through before Her Majesty The Queen arrived, accompanied by Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen accepts flowers watched by Prince Charles
  Copyright Bill Bagshaw photography courses

Her Majesty The Queen accepts flowers whilst prince Charles looks on Braemar Gathering 2014 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

The Royal Salute                                                           #BraemarGathering

Braemar Gathering Royal Salute. The massed pipe bands salute The Royal Family at Braemar Highland Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

A drummer enjoys the party atmosphere

 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Even The Heavies were forced to take cover from the rain                                                                               Braemar Versammlung Schottland

 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Shot !   Putting The Stone                                                                           推铅球                                            苏格兰链球

Shot Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Tug O War

 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Pipers                                             苏格兰风笛

Pipers Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Braemar Royal Highland Society                                                          风笛

 (Martin Williams)

The Hill Race Sets Off

 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Police Pipe Band Drum Major                                                                      Schottischer Tambourmajor Braemar Schottland

Braemar. Police Pipe Band Drum Major, Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Raising The Caber

 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Drum Majoress

Drum Majoress Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Tossing The Caber                                                                                                                                                  Baumstammwerfen

Tossing the caber Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Tug o War overhead view

Braemar Gathering Tug O War aerial view (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Haste Ye Back to Braemar Gathering

Haste Ye Back Braemar Gathering (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

The stands await you for the next Braemar Gathering

The grandstand at Braemar awaits the next Braemar Gathering which takes place in front of Her Majesty The Queen. copyright Bill Bagsgaw. dSider Royal Deeside Magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

More photos coming soon       Click here for Braemar Gathering Slideshow

What's on Royal Deeside events and photo guide to Royal Deeside & Strathdon

Aboyne & Aboyne Highland Games


Aboyne beside the beautiful River Dee, Royal Deeside

Aboyne is situated right in the heart of Royal Deeside.
Aboyne  frequently sets records  temperatures for the UK , and it is a popular holiday destination. Being right next to The Cairngorm National Park means the village is an excellent base.

Fishermen come from all over the world; including Scandinavia; to enjoy salmon fishing on the River Dee.

Aboyne’s world famous Highland Games take place every August on the village green.

The games patron The Marquis of Huntly lives at Aboyne Castle.        The Gordon clan crest motto “Bydand” is featured on the gates to the village green and on on the uniforms of pipe band members.
Bydand literally means “steadfast;” or “staying here;” as in the Scottish word “bide”.  Another meaning is to “stand and fight”.             See Gordon Highlander photos lower down this page.

Aboyne area Index:-
Aboyne area slideshow     Aboyne Highland Games   Click here to go to other Royal Deeside Villages slideshows

 What’s on       Royal Deeside events  Sheep dog trials   Gliding Club    

Leisure facilities      Photography courses

The Green is the epicentre of the village and is the site of the world famous Aboyne Highland Games

Aboyne Green is the epicentre of the village. The Green is the site of the world famous Aboyne Games. copyright on Aboyne guide. Bill Bagshaw Photographers Aboyne (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

Gordon Highlanders Drum Major.

A pipe band Drum Major from The Gordon Highlanders military pipe band at The Aboyne Highland Games. In a military pipe band the Drum Major would be a man of outstanding military character able to control men in battle. The Drum Major was the figurehead of the regiment. In battle he instructed the drummers to play certain beats which passed messages to the rest of the troops. The Drum Major's was a very important job; if he got it wrong the battle could be lost. He carried proud regimental honours on his sash and upon his silver headed mace. In more recent years a drum major in a non military band became more of an entertainer who threw and caught his mace. online magazine, photo courses Photography by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,


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Salmon Fishermen enjoy refreshments at The Boat Inn

Boat Inn Aboyne Royal Deeside. Country pubs and fishing are an important part of community life on Royal Deeside. Here a group of salmon fishermen have stopped for a dram at The Boat Inn Aboyne on the banks of The River Dee. whats on Aboyne courses Aboyne Photography by Bill Bagshaw photographers Aboyne. (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw,

Gordon Highlanders, Pipe Majors Medals

Gordon Highlanders Drum Majors Medals (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)