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.

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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 www.dsider.co.uk.whats on Aboyne guide. Bill Bagshaw Photographers Aboyne (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

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.  www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses Photography by Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

 

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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.  www.dsider.co.uk whats on Aboyne guide.photography courses Aboyne  Photography by Bill Bagshaw photographers Aboyne. (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

Gordon Highlanders, Pipe Majors Medals

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

Deeside Steam Vintage Rally

 

Deeside Steam Vintage Rally

Deeside Steam Vintage Rally August  16-17th.         Banchory and Crathes go back in time, as vintage steam powered vehicles take over.

Little and Large          #DeesideVintageRally     #DeesideSteamRally   #DeesideSteamVintageRally

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Steam Powered Vehicles Invade Banchory   photos by Bill Bagshaw photography courses  #Banchory

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150th Ballater Highland Games

 

150th Ballater Highland Games massed Pipe Bands parade

150th Ballater Highland Games 14th August 2014.  Massed Pipe Bands parade down Ballater High Street.

Ballaters Pipe Bands Drum Major signals a turn as massed pipe bands march into Monaltrie Park.                                                                                                                     #BallaterGames2014 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Drum Major passes Ballater Church as massed pipe bands parade down Ballater High Street on the occasion of the 150th Ballater Games in 2014

Drum major at 150th Ballater Highland Games in 2014. Massed pipe bands parade past Ballater Church (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Massed pipe band passes Ballater Station                       #Ballater   #BallaterStation  #BallaterHighlandGames

Massed pipe Bands parade past Ballater Station on the 150th Ballater Highland Games in 2014 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)#dsider

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Aboyne Highland Games 2014

 

Aboyne Highland Games 2014

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Paul Anderson on fiddle with singer Pandy Arthur at Aboyne Games         Photos by dSider media & Bill Bagshaw Photography Courses.

Paul Anderson Aboyne Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT) The Marquis of Huntly opens #Aboyne Games         #HighlandGamesThe Marquis of Huntly opens Aboyne Games (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk) Tossing The #Caber  (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT) Veteran commentator Robbie Shepherd at Aboyne Highland Games Veteran commentator Robbie Sheperd at Aboyne Games (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

A finishing jump to Putting The Stone                                                                                                         #ScottishGames

Putting the stone Aboyne Highland Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)
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Bydand.  Bydand  is part of the Gordon Crest.   #Bydand literally means “steadfast;” or “staying here;” as in the Scottish word “bide”.  Another meaning is to “stand and fight”. Bydand Aboyne Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Drum Major Bill Barclay                                                                      #HighlandGamesPhotos Drum Major Bill Barclay Aboyne Highland Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Weight for distance – John Fyvie

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Drum Majors at Aboyne Scottish Games               #ScottishGames

Drum majors at Aboyne Scottish Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)
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Mark Felix lifts Dinnie Stones at Aboyne Games

 

Mark Felix Lifts Dinnie Stones

Mark Felix lifts Dinnie Stones at Aboyne Highland Games.
One of the worlds strongest men took The Dinnie Stanes challenge at Aboyne Highland Games 2014.
Mark Felix one of the worlds strongest men lifts The Dinnie Stanes ( Dinnie Stones ) at Aboyne Highland Games on Royal Deeside (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams)

Mark Felix; one  of the worlds strongest men; lifts The Dinnie Stanes ( Dinnie Stones ) at Aboyne Highland Games on Royal Deeside.

Mark was challenged to repeat the legendary feat of Aboyne strongman Donald Dinne.   Dinnie carried the stones over the width of Potarch Bridge.

A replica of Potarch Bridge was set up in the games arena.  Mark successfully lifted and carried the stones; but was unable to carry them the full distance without putting them down several times.

Mark Felix takes a break on his attempt to carry The Dinnie Stones. Mark Felix undertakes The Dinnie Stanes challenge at Aboyne Highland Games. Mark sucessfully lifted and carried the Dinnie Stones in stages, but was unable to match Donald Dinnie "s feat of carrying them in one lift. (Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

Mark was born in Grenada and regularly competes in The Worlds Strongest Man Competition.

Mark was born in 1966.  Donald Dinnie was born 130 years earlier in 1837, at Birse Aboyne.